Streets of Derby
I feel like I’ve not been in the Cafe too much recently, except to post the serialisation of my novel, Atlantic Bridge, and indeed, I occasionally hear the tumbleweed blowing between the chairs and tables, and the creaking of the Cafe Crem sign as it forlornly dances in the wind outside….
Perhaps I should wander over to the jukebox in the corner and slip a quarter in, make a selection….clunk…there you go. There just so happens to be my version of the old Ralph McTell song, Streets of London on there, only this one’s called Streets of Derby. I couldn’t seem to stop working once I’d put the Derby album to bed, and Dave Mortimer, who has helped out with contacts in the town regarding the CD project is set to do a 10k run in aid of The Teenage Cancer trust, a charity under THE WHO’s patronage, and he asked me to put his re-worked lyrics to the song. Here’s the result. I hope it can do some good for this worthy cause.
Streets of Derby
Have you seen the young kids, bravely smiling through their illness?
So full of life, though some may not have long.
They need help fighting cancer – we can improve their chances
Let’s all get moving, to try and make them strong.
So how can you turn your face away, forget their pain – ignore the call?
I’m going to put my trainers on and run around the streets of Derby
I must do something to try and help them all.
For some, their home’s a hospice but their lives are still for living
All their hopes and dreams must surely match our own
We can use our energy to give those children liberty
From fear and isolation – they can’t fight it all alone.
So how can you say you’re lonely
And that for them the sun won’t shine?
If you can’t run, then sponsor me as I run through the streets of Derby
Your contribution means just as much as mine.
Lyrics by Dave Mortimer