Wednesday, April 13, 2005


I've got issues with this song. It's a fab song, but it's too damn straightforward, too simple in its message. According to the lyric, an old streetsweeper dreams of his retirement and buying a boat which he's going to name "Dignity". Even a ten-year old's going to get that... And compared to the rest of Deacon Blue's output, this is pretty entry-level stuff.
Or am I being too fussy? Maybe Songs About Issues shouldn't always make you think, maybe a straightforward message is good enough. All right, there's a pretty neat line in there about reading Maynard Keynes (hello, Mrs Thatcher) but all in all I'm left wondering whether Ricky Ross could have tried just that little bit harder....

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