Khris Raistrick – South Norwood’s own lyricist? Don’t give up the day job……
They say August is the silly season in the media world but as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to South Norwood – where a certain pub has been advertising Christmas bookings for two weeks – it extends well into September.
You may remember a charming blog from Dave Victor about seeing a Peter Sarstedt concert at Stanley Halls (here’s a reminder). It inspired me to write my own version of his hit song – his only hit song – ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?’ as a paen to Stanley Halls.
First, listen to the original – from 1969!
Now, be thankful I have only set this to lyrics and not music…
So you live on South Norwood HillOff the Boulevard SoNo High StreetYou’ve swallowed some bitter pillsNo longer a place where cognoscenti meetWhere do you go to my lovelyWhen you sombrely sit near the crossroadsThe glittering stage has gathered dustFrom the lorries with heavy loadsThere’s history and whispers within youTales to be told, more still to tellThe Council did not know what to doThat you were ageing but still quite wellSo where do you go to my lovelyIs it to the arms of the SPI?We think we know what you’re made ofAnd that’s why we’re going to try…[Oh yes we are, etc.]
Told you – the silly season lives on in SoNo! I’ll get my coat…….