This week I was lucky enough to see The Levellers at Rock City, Nottingham. When I first met Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary in a cafe in Nottingham last Autumn, I didn’t expect to be dancing on the tables at a Levellers gig a year later, but there we were. It was a brilliant evening.
So many amazing songs and such a warm, smiley audience who had clearly grown up with the band. As the night unfolded, my memories did too,
the girl from 15 years ago…
I remembered dancing to them aged 16/7 at Glastonbury, swinging arm to arm country dancing style with my best mates in the sunshine…
I met you in 82, over a crate of beer and not a few
I cracked a can and so did you, we’re going to change the world.
Mix tapes from old friends…
What a beautiful day (hey hey)
I’m the king of all time
And nothing is impossible
In my all powerful mind
Buying One Way on 12″ in a record shop in the back streets of Manchester nearly 20 years ago…
And we choked on all our dreams
We whispered all our fears
Running through the heartless concrete streets
Chasing our ideas. Run.
Being a long way from home, in Moscow, on a theatre tour, listening to This Garden…
Blood, sweat and tears,
Really don’t matter,
Just the things that you do,
In this garden.
All those hopes and dreams from your youth, all that rebellious energy. It’s good to be reminded of that. A psychologist once told me that 17 is when many of your preferences in life are formed, so it makes sense that the music that takes you back to that age is so very powerful. These have to be my favourite lyrics and the ones I will hold a little closer:
Thanks so much Amanda and Tall Dad, and friend for extending your spare ticket to me.
Are you a Levellers fan? Which lyrics stick in you head?