Des de Moor
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Des de Moor
I'm sure every chansonnier eventually feels the urge to write a song about the city of Amsterdam. Here's my attempt to join the ranks of Jacques Brel, Friedrich Hollaender and the rest.
I was delighted when, in 2005, University College London's Department of Dutch included extracts from the song, along with a discussion of the lyrics, on their Amsterdam Represented cultural studies website. Read the article.
Once Amsterdam was all our dreams:
A paradise with open door
To stoners, loners, perves and queens
Where coppers told you where to score.
But these days things just aren't the same:
The tourist shops sell fake dope plants,
The squatters who fought on Damplein
Now run arts festivals on grants.
But Amsterdam you were a sham,
The piss Brel's sailors pissed's long dried,
And Amsterdam you were a sham,
Now Amsterdam your refugees
But Amsterdam you're still a sham
Written: Deptford, London, 30 June and 4 July 2000; Wingham, October 2000; Edinburgh, August 2001
© Copyright Des de Moor 2002
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