The Dream Academy — Life In A Northern Town
Album: The Dream Academy
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Released: 1985
Length: 4:05
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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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 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!
What a wonderful song this is,it would be great to hear this more often ! 
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
Produced by David Gilmour
A welcome blast from the past... 30 years gone by! This ethereal song broke about this time of year, I was living On The Hill, a mile or so from here; KC Royals had just won The World Series, I was starting things over after a big Life Change... Perfect Time-Space Loop!
 This song holds up well - hadn't heard it in years and still find it enjoyable.  Side note - this was the last vinyl album I purchased!
 posworld wrote:
Always really liked this tune... not sure why.

 

Because it's good tune. That's why.
woo-hoo (uggh, shit!), my 90's hippster beard is getting all jammed in my Nehru, aaarrrggh that hurts!
still, dippy cool tune   : ) 
Yup, another Gilmour hit.    the Cor Anglais player Kate St John has done lots of other stuff with some very famous acts,   I guess most bands start somewhere.    Some think its rubbish some think its great but its important enough to show up 30 years later on an internet radiostation.
Apparently written for and about Mr. Nick Drake.

That makes me like it more... :) 
Hey-Ah-Ma-Ma-Ma pew.
The song's probably aged better than the video (which was shot about two miles from me)
Worth a watch if you can see it on Youtube though.

There was a sample of this used in a more recent song - that was rather good too. 


I remember when this song came out!  I love it...


Good to hear this one again. Sounds fresh and sweet. I loved the Dream Academy back in the day.
I played this song over and over. Doesn't have the same magic now, but it's still nice.
{#Cowboy}{#Clap}{#Cowboy}..............{#Notworthy}
I think this is aging quite well.
{#Clap}
Always really liked this tune... not sure why.
 mastertown wrote:
It was produced by one from the pink floyd... I don't remember which one...
 
David Gilmore, I think.

Dated feel, but still nice. 
Zeito wrote:
I took it home, washed it off, and put it back on.
Uhh....I think that was CREAM Academy.
That just reminds me I have to rip my vinyl records as well..... Great song
It was produced by one from the pink floyd... I don't remember which one...
i love this. bought the cassette tape right when it came out. there is something so peaceful and lovely about this sound. some other pretty good songs on the tape, too but...this one is special. sure, it doesn't exactly stand the test of time...but still.
...hey, tympani!..
tra la la..twee wee wee...one hit wonder...la de friggin da... :razz:
Bought the CD when this song was hot. Never play it these days. IMHO, it hasn't aged well...but that's just my opinion....
corndog4000 wrote:
...I saw my penis lying on a blanket next to a broken toaster oven...
electronicshaman wrote:
Some guy was selling it. I had to buy it off him. He wanted twenty-two bucks, but I talked him down to seventeen.
I took it home, washed it off, and put it back on.
To my ears, this song has a timeless quality - I don't necessarily associate it with the 80s, even though that's when I first heard it. Thanks for playing this.
I was hoping for Baba O'Reilly and I get this. Oh well, this is kind of good. :cowboy:
its close to christmas. its cold, cloudy and the trees are brown. this is apropos to hear this song now.
This song has always BUGGED me. It has a pathetic, meandering, soulless quality. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe it's missing something.
A great one from the 80s!!
djcoolhandluke wrote:
This is from the Lion King, right?
Now that's just mean. :lol: