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Rum Thunderbird

from Having It Both Ways [1996] by Tom Robinson

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Rum, thunderbird wine and coke
Snakebite and skunk, a snort and a smoke
I wanna get legless and fly like a bird -
That's the most natural thing in the world

I get up each morning at twenty to seven
I work till it's way after five
Yes sir and no sir, I'm Mister Control sir
I do what I need to survive
I go out each evening, get drunk with my buddies
Crawl back in the dead of the night
Lying in bed when I'm out of my head
I can feel what I need deep inside

Rum, thunderbird wine and coke
My mouth is as dry as the back of my throat
I'm wrecked in the bedroom and ready to hurl
That's the most natural thing in the world

Flying with CDs and Es at the flat
On a weekend my best friend and I
Are smoking and drinking and both of us thinking
The things we all think when we're high
The ceiling is reeling, I know how you're feeling
About to crash out for the night
If we became closer well no-one would know
So roll over and switch out the light

Rum, thunderbird wine and coke
To tell you the truth I need to be juiced
I wanna get naked and scream like a girl
That's the most natural thing in the world

Rum, thunderbird wine and coke
I wanna be touched, I wanna be groped
I'm wrecked in the bedroom and ready to hurl
That's the most natural thing in the world

Rum, thunderbird wine and coke
Snakebite and skunk, a toot and a toke
I wanna get legless and high as a bird -
Cos that's the most natural thing in the world...
That's the most natural thing in the world

credits

from Having It Both Ways [1996], released February 2, 2013
TOM ROBINSON - piano, acoustic guitar, programming
ADAM PHILLIPS - guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
JO BURT - bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
TOM FENNER - drums, percussion, backing vocals
T.V. SMITH - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
SIMON LEVELLER mandolin and backing vocals,
JEREMY LEVELLER and BURT LEVELLER backing vocals.

Crowd vocals: SARAH HALE, LINDA and RICHARD AUSTIN, SIMON and RUBY BURGESS, CAROLYN FISHER, IAN SCOTT, ADAM SMITH, MIKE HEMMINGS and CRAIG LUCAS.

Members of THE LEVELLERS appears courtesy of China Records. T.V. SMITH appears courtesy of Humbug Records

Published 1996 by Notting Hill Music and composed by Tom Robinson / Adam Phillips / Tom Fenner / Jo Burt.

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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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