Des de Moor

Sleaze City
Water of Europe Water of Europe
One of 12 new English chansons and three covers on this 1999 solo album.
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Des de Moor
Julia Doyle
double bass
David Harrod

My former colleague 'Mixmaster' Morris used to complain that there were not enough songs about the city where we both lived. This is my own attempt to redress the balance, which took some effort to write and went through several versions before I settled on the present one in July 1994, a snapshot of London in one of the unbearably sweltering summers of the early 1990s.
At Surrey Quays
saluting the seas
sets flags bobbing.
Along the shores
watch gulls mobbing.
Salt sweat is soaking.
Inland, estates
get good rates
on EU funding.
There's no more joking:
Sleaze City's choking
on the ozone.

The last leaking hulks
Have long furled their sheets
At Woodpecker, Evelyn,
Crossfields and Pepys.

To Leicester Square
through hot air
the starlings and pigeons
the city traps
come begging for scraps
and pickings.
A thick haze is cloaking
Westminster, where
from Parliament Square
they're long gone
back home to Woking.
Sleaze City's choking
in the ozone.

A child from a sleeping bag
Stretches a hand:
Paradiso e inferno
On the corner of The Strand.

At Fordham Park
dogs piss and bark
by lists of givers.
There's whole careers
in chasing arrears,
still shivers
though shirts are soaking.
Sleaze City's choking
in the ozone.

Written: Deptford, London, July 1994

Des de Moor

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From the album Water of Europe (see left).

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