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Monday, February 12, 2007

A 'dig' at Mott The Hoople?

Are these lyrics a 'dig' at Mott The Hoople?

The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (Winwood/Capaldi)

If you see something that looks like a star
And it's shooting up out of the ground
And your head is spinning from a loud guitar
And you just can't escape from the sound
Don't worry too much, it'll happen to you
We were children once, playing with toys
And the thing that you're hearing is only the sound of
The low spark of high-heeled boys

The percentage you're paying is too high priced
While you're living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he's made on your dreams
But today you just read that the man was shot dead
By a gun that didn't make any noise
But it wasn't the bullet that laid him to rest was
The low spark of high-heeled boys

If you had just a minute to breathe and they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance?
Or something similar as this? Don't worry too much
It'll happen to you as sure as your sorrows are joys
And the thing that disturbs you is only the sound of
The low spark of high-heeled boys

If I gave you everything that I owned and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride, and strip me of everything including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys
And the sound that I'm hearing is only the sound
The low spark of high-heeled boys
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Blogger WarrenBowman said...

very interesting,...but why Mott the Hoople? Seems liek it could be about a number of different bands.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Apparently, before "John Barleycorn" became "John Barleycorn", it was a Steve Winwood LP with the title "Mad Shadows", which, apparently, MTH nicked for their 2nd LP title.

Remember, SW/Traffic & MTH were both signed to the original Island label together - so must've had quite some interaction.

I never thought it was about anyone in particular, but lately I've had 2 or 3 people tell me about the SW/MTH rivalry. Odd.

5:18 PM  

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