longbenton boulevard

by nev clay

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Co-written with Ashleigh, Yasmin and Ashleigh at Longbenton Youth Project about 8 years ago, under the watchful, nurturing and benevolent eye of Paul Summers. This version was done for Frankie Ward's Amazing radio show a couple of years ago.


She gets back in the house from school and gets lost in a tragic book. She's still using last year's bus pass, but she's embarrassed by the way it looks. The dog's attacked her beanie babies, they're scattered round the bed, and there's Kelly Clarkson lyrics in her head. And the sky is smudged mascara, and the rain is cold and hard; she's as lonely as a widow on Longbenton Boulevard. her mam's a social worker, she wears egyptian skirts, but she's never there to listen, she's always down at Fitness First. And her dad smells of Ladbrokes, she's never seen him smile. he got offered a job at Findus but he ran a bloody mile. And the sky...
She used to have a friend but he moved down south; bulimia just leaves a bad taste in her mouth. Over by the offy she stares into space, the drizzle on the window like the tears running down her face. She fancies the bloke with piercings from Global Video. She's written him a hundred love songs but he'll never ever know. She's someone else in the chat rooms, someone popular and brave. Spends Sundays in her art rags talking to her grandma's grave. and the sky...


released July 29, 2012



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nev clay Newcastle, UK

nev lives near newcastle and is a mental health nurse. he's been clarting around the local music scene for 24 years, and once supported keith emerson. secret guitar tuning: CGDGAD


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