The Dream Academy — Life In A Northern Town
Album: The Dream Academy
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Released: 1985
Length: 4:06
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A Salvation Army band played
And the children drank lemonade
And the morning lasted all day, all day
And through an open window came
Like Sinatra in a younger day
Pushing the town away, ah

Ah hey, ma ma ma
Life in a northern town

They sat on the stony ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down to listen
He said, "In winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy and the Beatles"

Ah hey, ma ma ma
Life in a northern town
Ah hey, ma ma ma
All the work shut down

The evening had turned to rain
Watch the water roll down the drain
As we followed him down to the station
And though he never would wave goodbye
You could see it written in his eyes
As the train rolled out of sight, bye-bye

Ah hey, ma ma ma
Life in a northern town
Ah hey, ma ma ma
Life in a northern town
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In college we joked we were the Northern Town. After all, we were just south of the Canadian border. 
Outstanding.
 kingart wrote:
Catchy and memorable tune and sure conjures up the nostalgia.  But it would start to drive me bonkers after about the 24th lifetime listen. And this has been at least the 21st. 

 
You're in luck, as this song does not show up with much frequency. I have always appreciated this composition, but also have a lifetime limit. Not approached yet. I recall seeing this band on Saturday Night Live about the time this was released (the only time most folks ever heard anything by this band) and they performed some sort of punk-inspired yet uninspiring piece. I was amazed at how little it resembled this song.
I remember seeing this on MTV. I fell in love with the Karmann Ghia they were driving.
 5Relayer wrote:
You can hear Gilmour's production here.  Beautiful sound, as expected from him.

Also, a bit of trivia, the Dream Academy singer Nick Clowes also cowrote "Poles Apart" on the Pink Floyd album The Division Bell, and it one of the most impressive tracks on that album.  So check it out. 

 
Thanks for that! I knew about Gilmour's contribution with DA, but not about Clowes' contribution on Poles Apart. {#Cheers}


You can hear Gilmour's production here.  Beautiful sound, as expected from him.

Also, a bit of trivia, the Dream Academy singer Nick Clowes also cowrote "Poles Apart" on the Pink Floyd album The Division Bell, and it one of the most impressive tracks on that album.  So check it out. 


A great favorite. Wonderfully melodic. Would love to hear it more.
Recommended listening: Dario G - Sunchyme {#Smile}
This is a great song, and I hear it so infrequently, that when it does come on, I have to smile.  
Nanuk a no no!
Catchy and memorable tune and sure conjures up the nostalgia.  But it would start to drive me bonkers after about the 24th lifetime listen. And this has been at least the 21st. 
was just thinking about this one last week...can still picture the video of this....

good call RP 
So good - thank you RP
 NinerSevenTango wrote:
Hey-Ah-Ma-Ma-Ma pew.

 
Soo tedious, poor Nick Drake im sure better songs have been written about him 😀



LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!{#Bounce}{#Cheers}
80s-tastic!
 Stratocaster wrote:
Just love the overall feel of this song.

 
Agree with that!  {#Hearteyes}
Just love the overall feel of this song.
An outstanding piece of work !
 
YES!!!!!!!!! This was one of my faves from my teen years. LOVE LOVE LOVE