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Coldharbour Lane

from I Wanna Be Your Cabin Boy by Tom Robinson



Recorded live at the Bloomsbury Theatre for Pride Week June 1979. Originally released as part of the Cabaret 79 album.


The first night I dared to come out on the town
It was hard believing my eyes
Met a fresh faced teacher in a big leather coat
On a dancefloor crowded with guys
And though he never told me he loved me
I know he never told me no lies

Hoping... moping...
Freezing at the bus stop in Coldharbour Lane
Blew it... knew it...
Hitting the bottle I could hardly remember his name

Wasn't too easy
It wasn't slow
You wanna leave me
You'd better go

Time out taking the tube into town
To the upstairs room on the right
Stuck in the middle but feeling the need
To keep it up night after night
One time I hit the jackpot
Made out with the hottest in sight

Grinning... winning...
He was a slim dark mover
With devastating eyes
Fun night... one night...
He came and left me there barely saying goodbye

Boozing... cruising...
Bitterly sipping a half pint of 'E'
Who's he... choosing...
Clenching my toes
And just wishing to God it was me

Wasn't too easy
It wasn't slow
You wanna leave me
You'd better go.


from I Wanna Be Your Cabin Boy, released October 5, 2009
Written by Tom Robinson in 1976, published by Konkwest Music. Charlie Morgan (drums) Jeff Sharkey (guitar) Ian Parker (piano) Jeff Daly (sax) Graham Collier (bass) TR (guitar, vocal and production).


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Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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