Finsbury Park

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This song is about someone who is under pressure at work and is at the point of breakdown. She commutes into central London from Finsbury Park where she lives. The 'balloon' and 'duelling pistols' in the lyrics (verses) refer to the mosaic pictures on the platform walls at the station. These images trigger escapist fantasies - freeing her momentarily from her unhappy life. In the chorus, her flat begins to manifest her anxieties. '1 Finsbury Park' where she lives is a fictional address.
The coda (waltz) is about myself being stranded after a night out, missing the last tube and being thrown at the mercy of the night bus. Michelle is my wife; Clara my daughter. The coda is inspired by a waltz melody from Mahler's 9th Symphony (Mvt II).

lyrics

Oh balloon, take me away.
Oh balloon take me away,
Pick me up, fast-forward today,
To the night and my room and the haggard, drawn moon.

Flies in the ointment, shots in the dark,
No-one's still at 1 Finsbury Park.
Wind through the curtains, the walls scream 'decay!'
The night always bleeds the life from her day.
Things always happen, cries in the dark,
Her life always shatters at 1 Finsbury Park.
The phone climbs the wall, TV buzzes blue,
The dead-line's up - she knows she is through.

Duelling pistols, may your smoke envelop me.
Duelling pistols... I remember now:
I cradle my Jacobean lover in my arms,
In my room, in the haggard, drawn moon.

Flies in the ointment, shots in the dark,
No-one's still at 1 Finsbury Park.
Wind through the curtains, the walls scream 'decay!'
The night always bleeds the life from her day.
Things always happen, cries in the dark,
Her life always shatters at 1 Finsbury Park.
The phone climbs the wall, TV buzzes blue,
The dead-line's up - she knows she is through.

FINSBURY
PARK yeah!
DRUNK

Night-bus, oh night-bus oh please take me home?
I'm having trouble to sleep -
And my nobbly knees are weak.
Wake me, oh wake me at old Enfield Town.
Wouldn't ask but my iphone is down.

Michelle, oh Michelle, please pick me up.
Baseball cap wearing youths...
Making fun of my shoes!
Clara, oh Clara, she'll just be fine.
Just pick me up in time.

Vincent, oh Vincent, you really are a fool.
You really make me mad, and you really make me sad,
you're 35, 35, 35 now,
you're acting like some kid in town.

Finsbury Park, Finsbury Park, 3.10 AM
All the things I've seen,
All the things I've never been.
Finsbury Park, Finsbury Park, creme de la creme,
I think I've lost myself to the night.

credits

from Victoria, released April 10, 2015
Music/lyrics by Vincent Sheehan

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The Royal Vincident London, UK

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formerly of London based alt rock band My Octopus George. Victoria is his first solo album. His musical style is quirky, but melodic. Influences include: Cardiacs, David Bowie, The Beatles, Nirvana, Elliott Smith and a lot of classical composers. ... more

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