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Lyr Req: Walk Away Renee (from Billy Bragg)

InOBU 20 Oct 09 - 10:09 AM
Richard Bridge 20 Oct 09 - 02:44 PM
VirginiaTam 20 Oct 09 - 03:17 PM
Richard Bridge 20 Oct 09 - 06:17 PM
InOBU 20 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM
Richard Bridge 20 Oct 09 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Winger 20 Oct 09 - 07:34 PM
InOBU 20 Oct 09 - 08:01 PM
Dead Horse 21 Oct 09 - 06:45 AM
Dead Horse 21 Oct 09 - 06:49 AM
Jim Dixon 22 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM
Lonesome EJ 22 Oct 09 - 11:57 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: InOBU
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 10:09 AM

Richard, I hope you enjoy the tug at your beard... after your comments about the south london couple with the dogs, I had to find the words to Billy Braggs, Just Walk Away Rene for you...

Cheers
Lorcan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 02:44 PM

So, where are they?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALK AWAY RENEE (Billy Bragg)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 03:17 PM

WALK AWAY RENEE
Billy Bragg

She said it was just a figment of speech
And I said "You mean figure"
And she said "No, figment"
Because she could never imagine it happening. But it did.

When we first met I played the Shy boy
When she spoke to me for the first time my nose began to bleed
She guessed the rest

The next day we went on a bus ride to the ferry
And when nobody came to collect our fares
Well I knew then this was something special
I couldn't stop thinking about her
And every time I switched on the radio
There was somebody else singing a song about the two of us

It was just like being on a fast ride at the fun fair
The sort you want to get off because it's scary
And then as soon as you're off you want get straight back on again
But all love is strange
And you have to learn to take the crunchy with the smooth I suppose

She began going out with Mr. Potato Head
It was when I saw her in the car park
With his coat around her shoulders that I realized
I went home and thought about the two of them together
Until the bathwater went cold around me
I thought about her eyes and the curve of her breasts
And about the point where their bodies met

I confronted her about it
I said, "I'm the most illegible bachelor in town!"
And she said, "Yeah, that's why I could never understand any of those silly letters you sent me"
And then one day it happened
She cut her hair and I stopped loving her


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 06:17 PM

Having trouble fitting those words to the version of Walk Away Renee that I know (think it was the Four Tops).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: InOBU
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM

Ah no, Richard... you have to speak them, with a south london accent, while playing walk away rene on the guitar... magic...


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALK AWAY, RENEE (from The Four Tops)
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 06:52 PM

I don't think the Left Banke version did anything in the UK. I don't remember that at all.

Here are the Four Tops lyrics. They simply do not scan the same.


The Four Tops WALK AWAY, RENEE Lyrics:

And when I see the sign that points one way.
The lot we used to pass by every day.

Just walk away, Renee.
You won't see me follow you back home.
The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same.
You're not to blame.

From deep inside the tears I'm forced to cry.
From deep inside the pain that I chose to hide.

Just walk away, Renee.
You won't see me follow you back home.
Now, as the rain beats down upon my weary eyes,
For me, it cries.

[Instrumental break featuring flute solo.]

Just walk away, Renee.
You won't see me follow you back home.
Now, as the rain beats down upon my weary eyes,
For me, it cries.

Your name and mine inside a heart on a wall,
Still finds a way to haunt me though they are so small.

Just walk away, Renee.
You won't see me follow you back home.
The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same.
You're not to blame.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: GUEST,Winger
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 07:34 PM

Ever notice that when you play the 45 rpm vinyl version of this at 33 rpm Billy sounds just like Frank Bruno?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: InOBU
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 08:01 PM

Then there is the Irish version... I wrote, You can just walk on Soibhan...

THe yellow smoke of morning, breaks along woodquay
the smell of coal fires burning the way it used to be...

You can just walk on Soibhan, you'll not see me follow you back home
The empty sidewalks I walk down, there not the same, your not to blame

Do you recall the Ceili, where we first met,
we danced the Walls of Limerick, I can hear it yet...

Your name and mine, inside a heart, upon a wall
down past the liffy bridges, behind a market stall...


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Subject: Lyr Add: MADAME ETIENNE (Amadée Ardoin)
From: Dead Horse
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 06:45 AM

Isnt this some obscure reference to 'Allo 'Allo?
Ohh Hohh Renee!


Malheureuse, quoi t'a fait. ouais, avec moi?
Ca me fais du mal chaque fois je to regarde, ouais malheureuse.
Quoi t'as fait? Chère Jouliine, ca me fait du mal.
Quoi faire t'as fait mais tout ça, t'as fait si long (temps) avec moi?
Je vas m'en aller, Je vas m'en aller, à la maison
Je vas me'en aller, sans tot Jouline, ouais à la maison.

Malheureuse, quoi t'as fait à ton petit coeur.
Moi j'ai pas pu juger ton histoire rapport à tot.
Ta bonne histoire est aussi bonne que tesparoles.
Ça tu m'as dit, ma belle Jouline, ça m'a fait du mat.
Je suis pas sûr d'être capable de m'en alter.
Mon coeur fait mat juste assez, chère.pour moi pleurer.
(Madame Etienne)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: Dead Horse
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 06:49 AM

Madame Etienne by Amadée Ardoin
(Just gimme any excuse ta bring cajun culture ta da heathens)

Unhappy girl. What have you done to me?
You hurt me every time I look at you, unhappy girl.
What you said, dear Jouline, you hu rt me.
Why have you always done what you'vedone to me.
I am going away, l going home.
I'm going home without you, Jouline.

Unhappy girl. just look at what you've done to your little heart.
I couldn't judge your story because of you.
Your story is only as good as your word.
What you told me, Jouline, hurt.
Dear Jouline, I'm not sure I'll be able to go away.
My heart aches just enough to make me cry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM

At YouTube:

WALK AWAY RENEE – a live performance by Billy Bragg and Badly Drawn Boy. The last line here is "She voted Tory and I stopped loving her."

WALK AWAY RENEE - live performance by The Left Banke. (Billboard #5 in 1966)

WALK AWAY RENEE - by the Four Tops. (Billboard #14 in 1968)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:57 AM

and then there's Rickie lee Jones' version. I love it.
I also have always liked the flip side of the Left Banke 45, which was Pretty Ballerina.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WalkAwayRene Bragg version for R Bridge
From: InOBU
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:48 PM

Ta Jim Dixon... Now, there you go Richard ... see why your reflections about the South London couple made me think of this song... do click on the Youtube Bragg verson...


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