(But There Isn't Any) Wigan Pier

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The rousing closer to the "Wigan Cycle" (go on, read about the thing here: latejoys.com#about). This track comes with added banter...

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“How ’bout a kiss or a cuppa tea?”
That’s what that Wigan lassie offered me
And if I had an ounce of northern pride I’d take that beauty by my side
And live a Lancashire fantasy (I’d tell her)

You look too good to be true by the light of the sulphur burning blue
On magnificent slagheap lunar ’scapes looming over lives we can’t escape
So take my hand we’ll scrape the shale with fingers black and faces pale
Then stroll the Leeds & Liverpool, just you and me, my dear

Ta for that nice warm cuppa tea
But in the comfort of the foggy south is where you will find me
I’ll pop another coal in the fireplace, listen to the idle chatter on my wireless
And try to preserve your memory (but right now)

It’s time to bid adieu to the sulphur fires burning blue
On the beautiful slagheap silhouettes looming over towns we’d just as soon forget
Let’s bid a fond farewell to the yellowy Leeds & Liverpool
That chemical canal runs through the heart of Lancashire
But there isn’t any Wigan Pier

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from Live at the Carousel Lounge, released March 8, 2014

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With influences that include The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Jam, The Clash and a slew of '80s and '90s Brit-pop guitar-based trailblazers, The Late Joys put on a high-octane show that's groovy, melodic and infused with fun.

The Late Joys play infectious sonic confections with literate lyrics, catchy melodies and unabashedly progressive political sensibilities.
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