That’s Entertainment!

December 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I grumble about work a lot on this blog.  Odd though, because I have a job that I like (IMHO, I’m not bad at it either), that pays decently (compared to some), and in working conditions which are more or less OK (there’s the decaying smell of a mouse , but I suppose nothing’s perfect).

Still, come Monday morning, there it is. Malaise. Do you remember that old Peggy Lee song (fabulously reimagined by Christina) “Is that all there is?” Sometimes, sometimes.

I’m still on a Jam kick, and this is one of everyone’s favourites. It’s from Sound Affects, my favourite Jam album. This one has so many clever touches. A deft slice of working class life “Watching the telly and thinking bout your holidays” but also the poetic “two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude.”


A police car and a screaming siren
Pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete
A baby wailing, a stray dog howling
The screech of brakes and lamplights blinking

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots
An electric train and a ripped up phone booth
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tom cat
Lights going out and a kick in the balls

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Days of speed and slow time Mondays
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday
Watching the news and not eating your tea
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearse in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking ’bout your holidays

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summers day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight
Two lovers missing the tranquillity of solitude
Getting a cab and travelling on buses
Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment


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