‘Day The Ravens Left The Tower, The (1985 Marcus Studios rough mix)’ [4:35] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm

‘Day The Ravens Left The Tower, The (1985 Marcus Studios rough mix)’ [4:35] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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I've swept the floors of all my kings
I've opened doors and let the tourists in
Days of wine and roses
Prime ministers, red robes
These days are gone

I've stood on guard as my Queens were born
I've cut the grass on many English lawns
Of strawberries and ice cream
Of cricket and cold beer
These days

London Tower's falling
Parliament's ablaze
Buckingham Palace has gone
Somewhere in the distance my darling she's a crying
I should be by her side

This is the day the ravens left the tower
This is the day the ravens fly away

Fly away, fly away
Fly away, fly away
Fly away

I've stood on the Changing of the Guards
To the Bloody Tower watching the Crown Jewels
A penny for the guy sir?
Will you vote left or right?
These days

London Bridge is falling. 
St. Pauls Cathedral burns
The tower blocks are gone
Somewhere in the distance my darling she's a crying
I should be by her side

This is the day the ravens left the tower
This is the day the ravens fly away

Fly away, fly away
Fly away, fly away
Fly away, fly away
Fly away, fly away

I hope I never see the dawning of the day
When all the ravens in the Tower fly away
Oh darling I will be home soon
Darling I will be home soon

Ring a ring a roses, a pocket full of posies
Atishoo, Atishoo, we all fall down

Notes
:Backing track rough mix.
A piano & vocal version recorded live in the studio.

Recorded at Marcus Studios, Westbourne Grovem London, June – July 1985.
Mixed at Marcus Studios 27th June 1985.
Mike Peters Notes
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Dave Sharp Notes
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Eddie MacDonald Notes
:”The Day The Ravens Left The Tower” is my favourite song from “Strength”. I wrote it when I had a bad attack of flu. After suffering the hallucinations one gets from the illness, a TV advert for The Tower Of London had lodges in my brain, and I looked into the folklore that says the day the ravens leave the Tower will be the day that England falls. I tried to set the song as a nightmare where everything’s falling down around you. But the twist is that it turned out to be a love song. Through all the mayhem, hopefully you’ll be with the person you love most of all.
(Strength Tour Program, 1985)
Nigel Twist Notes
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