Thursday, 25 October 2012

Out On Blue Six : 'Shipbuilding' Robert Wyatt, Elvis Costello

One of the most beautiful modern day folk/protest songs, Shipbuilding was written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer for Robert Wyatt in 1982. Its lyrics pinpoint the tragic contradiction of the Falklands War bringing about work and prosperity to the declining shipyards of the Clyde, the Tyne, Belfast etc whilst at the same time bringing loss to those areas, as men went off to fight in the conflict.

'Shipping on the Clyde', John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1881

End Transmission

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