One Way Street (feat Ian McKellen)

from by Tom Robinson

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(Tom Robinson, Gerry Diver, Andy Treacey, Adam Phillips)
℗ 2015 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
from the album Only The Now
© 2015 Castaway Northwest Recordings/Leporine Ltd

lyrics

We loved you like a brother, boy - we loved you like a son
So young and wild and handsom - so reckless, so dumb
You diced with the devil and you never met defeat
Until you drove the wrong way up a one-way street

You somehow passed your driving test when you were 17
You bought a beat-up trail bike and tweaked it till it screamed
You dragged us to the business park to see your maiden run
That fatal foggy Sunday when you planned to do the ton

CHORUS:
I've roamed the roads and motorways
The highways great and small
The B roads and the C roads
Why, I've driven down them all
One place you'll never find me though
As long as I can breathe
Is driving the wrong way up a one-way street

Your carburettor deafened us as down the road you sped
And roared towards the warning signs 200 yards ahead
You gave us all a thumbs-up as you hit your target speed
And disappeared the wrong way up a one-way street

Now even as a toddler your never would be told
You always went your own way because that's the way you rolled
We heard you hit the tanker as it swerved into a tree
Far in the foggy distance up that one-way street

CHORUS:
I've roamed the roads and motorways
The highways great and small
The B roads and the C roads
Why, I've driven down them all
One place you'll never find me though
As long as I can breathe
Is driving the wrong way up a one-way street

You girls and boys of every land, come listen to my song
The fact that someone's older doesn't always make them wrong
Be kind to one another - don't forget to brush you teeth
And never drive the wrong way up a one-way street.

CHORUS:
I've roamed the roads and motorways
The highways great and small
The B roads and the C roads
Why, I've driven down them all
One place you'll never find me though
As long as I can breathe
Is driving the wrong way up a one-way street

credits

from Only The Now, released October 16, 2015
Tom Robinson: bass, vocal
Ian McKellen: lead vocal
Nadine Shah: backing vocal
Gerry Diver: banjo, violin, piano
Andy Treacey: drums
Adam Phillips: guitar

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Tom Robinson London, UK

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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