This was inspired by Damon Albarn's visit to Penrhyn castle, near Bangor, a Victorian stately home overlooking the Menai Strait towards Anglesey.Up in the tower that looks out to sea
The pink dressing room bell
Of the lady is ringing
She looks from the shadows
Out through the stained colours of old grass
The sorrows of slate and sugar cane are hers
Built in the 19th century, the property was mocked up to look like a Norman castle from 1066 using the inherited proceeds from slavery in Jamaica. Bassist Paul Simonon explained to Consequence of Sound
that the building "came to represent misery to the local people of that town. Even today they have dark memories of it, this haunted building on top of the hill."