Well it has been a while since I updated here, but as I said on my regular LJ (curefreak
, I am going to try and get back in the habit of posting here and hope that spills over to my regular LJ too). I mean I enjoy sharing music - this is the real reason that at the age of 42 I still have my i-Pod turned up to the highest volume and not because I refuse to grow up and accept I am no longer 17 *lol*.
Anyway this song is one of the greats and it has been released by 2 of the greats over the years. I have posted links to both versions and would love to know which of the two you prefer.
It was first performed by Billy Bragg, who stole bits, or given his Left Wing political views perhaps that should be "shared from his comrades". It was then re-recorded by Kirsty MacColl, for whom Billy Bragg changed it as the original only contained 2 verses and Kirsty thought it should be longer. Billy added 2 verses which Kirsty condensed to one verse. Since Kirsty's tragic death (see curefreak
's LJ user info page for a link to the tragic story of her death if you are so inclined) Billy Bragg now performs the song with the extra one/two verse/s as a tribute to his late friend.
Here is Billy Bragg's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCfRcgoPxTw
Here is Kirsty MacColl's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4c2kO5ZE38
(Oh and to save some of my American readers rushing to google for an explanation, a pram is what you guys know as a baby carriage.)