Across the dial from Moscow to Cologne

… found gold while flipping through some vinyl, so I took a look around for a digital version.
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Tom Robinson has a channel on Youtube.com under the user name bothways. He also has an excellent web site http://www.tomrobinson.com/

Here is the note (you will find) that used to be on the Downloads page:

Free Downloads: iTunes downloads cost 79p per track. Writer/publisher get 6p, Performer 6-8p, Visa/Mastercard 7p, Apple 12p, and Record Company almost 50p. Sod that. Help yourself to my songs & share them with your friends: right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) on titles to download. Optional: if you’d like to help with hosting costs, click below

That has been replaced with a streaming music application.
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Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio (live) 1983
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Lyrics:
Leave the bureau in the snow
Catch a tram to Onkel Poe
Early evening ring around the moon
Slip in by the concierge
By the bikes and up the stairs
Snap the latch and creep into the room

You throw off your coat, pick up the post
And put a coffee on
Lie down on the bed, lay back your head
And smoke a cigarette

And listen to the radio
Listen to the radio

In the city late tonight
Double feature, black and white
‘Bitter Tears’ and ‘Taxi to the Klo’
Find a bar, avoid a fight
Show your papers, be polite
Walking home with nowhere else to go

You throw off your coat, pick up my note
Put another coffee on
Lie down on the bed, lay back your head
And smoke a cigarette

And listen to the radio
Listen to the radio

Atmospherics after dark
Noise and voices from the past
Across the dial from Moscow to Cologne:
Interference in the night
Thousand miles on either side
Stations fading into the unknown:

So throw off your coat, we’ll butter some toast
And put a coffee on:
We’ll lie down on the bed, lay back our heads
Smoke another cigarette

And listen to the radio
Listen to the radio

All night long…

Music co-written by Peter Gabriel

3 Replies to “Across the dial from Moscow to Cologne”

  1. Yeah! I was trying to remember Tom Robinson recently… I just couldn’t remember his name. Isn’t he also the “War Baby” guy?

  2. my goodness what a lame vid … remember the song from the 80s …
    fondly, i think … what a lame vid … sorry, cud only watch 30 seconds of it

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