I think by now we are all agreed that this tour of various music genres that Jim is taking us on in his Song Lyric Sunday posts is causing us a little confusion at times. I am finding that with some genres there is a wide variety of songs and bands tagged with more than one genre. Some genres seem to have spanned decades and encompass very different music. Some genres seem to be interpreted very differently either side of the Atlantic. Nonetheless it is always fun to look for something different.
My search for “New Wave Music” yielded a long list of bands that I am very familiar with and some fantastic tracks. Eventually I opted for rather a fun song by a band called Squeeze. The track “Cool For Cats” features a rare vocal in full Cockney style from Chris Difford. I am not sure if some of the lyrics raised eyebrows back in the day, but my memory of it is the energy and humour packed into it.
Credits: Christopher Henry Difford and Glenn Martin Tilbrook
The Indians send signals from the rocks above the pass The cowboys take position in the bushes and the grass The squaw is with the corporal, she is tied against the tree She doesn't mind the language, it's the beatin' she don't need She lets loose all the horses when the corporal is asleep And he wakes to find the fires dead and arrows in his hats And Davy Crockett rides around and says it's cool for cats It's cool for cats (Cool for cats) The Sweeney's doing ninety 'cause they've got the word to go To get a gang of villains in a shed up at Heathrow They're counting out the fivers when the handcuffs lock again In and out of Wandsworth with the numbers on their names It's funny how their missus always looks the bleeding same And meanwhile at the station, there's a couple of likely lads Who swear like how's your father and they're very cool for cats They're cool for cats (Cool for cats) To change the mood a little, I've been posing down the pub On seeing my reflection, I'm lookin' slightly rough I fancy this, I fancy that, I wanna be so flash I give a little muscle, and I spend a little cash But all I get is bitter and a nasty little rash And by the time I'm sober, I've forgotten what I've had And everybody tells me that it's cool to be a cat Cool for cats (Cool for cats) Shape up at the disco when I think I've got a pull I ask her lots of questions and she hangs onto the wall I kiss her for the first time, and then I take her home I'm invited in for coffee and I'll give the dog a bone She likes to go to discos but she's never on her own I said I'll see you later and I give her some old chat But it's not like that on the TV when it's cool for cats It's cool for cats (Cool for cats) Ooh-ooh-ooh... Cool for cats Ooh-ooh-ooh...
3 thoughts on “To Change The Mood A Little I’ve Been Posing Down The Pub”
Squeeze were such a brilliant group and their lyrics are so relivant to now and then! Great choice well done! 💜
I have heard of band called Squeeze Lady Annette, but I didn’t know any of their music. This dong seems like it would be fun to bop along with. The only lyrics that raised eyebrows for me was when he sang, “I’m invited in for coffee and I’ll give the dog a bone”, because I was not dure if he was calling the girl a dog.
Your guess is as good as mine Jim!
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