Many people believe this to be Jacques Brel's greatest song. It was recorded live in 1964 during a typically emotional Brel performance. In 1970, David Bowie recorded an English version that was released as the B-side of "Sorrow" in 1973. The song, which loses nothing in translation, is not about the city of Amsterdam but about the port, in particular about sailors on shore leave drinking and whoring, and the women who sell them their bodies for "a few dirty coins."
"Amsterdam" has also been recorded in Polish, and has been covered by many artists.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandI've just heard this for the first time. It was tres magnifique!
Markku from Espoo, -Amsterdam was recorded by Scott Walker on his first solo album in 1967 Helga Schramm, (aka Bunny Helga!) introduced Scott to the music of Jacques Brel. Brels songs maid the essence on Scotts solo albums Scott 1 - 3
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."