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Originally released on the 1994 album Love Over Rage as "Roaring". Produced by Al Scott

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ROARING DAYS
One roaring morning at the break of day
Me and my buddy were still wired awake
Though the fog was freezing and the streets were cold
We went hell for leather up the coastal road
Stopped the Honda on a cliff
My buddy threw up, I rolled a spliff
In the glorious autumn...
Of our roaring days

The mist made haloes in our hair
As we came down slowly through the market square
A fresh fruit trader gave us one plum each
We sucked and swaggered till we hit the beach
Shouting down the esplanade
Two shifty misfits acting hard
In the glorious autumn
Of our Roaring Days

The tide comes in, the tide goes out
We go our separate ways
Our roaring twenties came and went
And vanished in a haze
Driven, drunken, discontent
Our oats were sown, our savings spent
In the glorious autumn...
Of our Roaring Days

In a jacked-up Datsun gleaming on the slip
Saw a teenage greaser eating eel and chips
We admired his styling - how we laughed and lied
Till he asked my buddy if he'd like a ride
Radio blazing Queen and Quo
All greased up, no place to go
In that glorious autumn
Of our Roaring Days

The tide comes in, the tide goes out
We go our separate ways
Our roaring twenties came and went
And vanished in a haze
Driven, drunken, discontent
Our oats were sown, our savings spent
In the glorious autumn... of our Roaring Days

We were deaf and selfish - we were smug and dumb
And our bleak mid-winter was still to come
My buddy turned ugly - and so did I:
He took my money and never said goodbye
But in my daydreams now and then
I long to wake up once again
In the glorious autumn...
Of our roaring days

The tide comes in, the tide goes out
We go our separate ways
Our roaring twenties came and went
And vanished in a haze
Driven, drunken, discontent
Our oats were sown, our savings spent
In the glorious autumn...
Of our Roaring Days

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from I Wanna Be Your Cabin Boy, released October 5, 2009
In fond memory of Danny. Written by Tom Robinson and Peter Scott-Presland, published by Notting Hill Music. Martin Ditcham (drums) Winston Blissett (bass) Robin Millar (guitar) Chris Rea (slide guitar) Mark Ambler (keys) Mark Ramdsen (sax) Andy Mitchell and TV Smith (backing vocals).

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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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