There, There My Dear

Album: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
Charted: 7
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Songfacts®:

  • Written as an open letter to a pseudo-intellectual musician called Robin, this horn-led song acts as a dismissal of a dishonest music scene. Kevin Rowland told The Guardian: "It's an angry song. In the lyrics, I'm addressing 'Robin,' but he was the personification of a certain type of middle-class musician in NME, quoting Kerouac and Burroughs and all these authors I'd never read."
  • In the Searching for the Young Soul Rebels liner notes, the song title is followed by the line "P.S. Old clothes do not make a tortured artist."
  • After the song's closing notes, Rowland sings unaccompanied the main chorus of Lee Dorsey's 1969 R&B classic "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)."

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