Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Great London Songs No.15

We've asked our London Walkers and London Walks guides to nominate their favourite London songs… and the playlist is proving to be wide-ranging and eclectic indeed. 

From punk to jazz, with a little music hall thrown in along the way, we'll be collating them all here on The Daily Constitutional over the next few weeks in the run-up to the launch of our new Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk every Wednesday from 1st May 2013.

As usual, we want to hear from you. What are your favourite London songs? Anything goes, from a tune mentioning a London location, to a piece of music composed here, if it has a strong London connection or theme, we'll add it to the list. Email us at the usual address, message us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment below…

Last week Kevin Flude, director of the Old Operating Museum and Old Punk at heart, added the imortal London Calling to our playlist. Here, he goes a little further off the beaten track…

This is from the Universal Songster and is by G Coleman

M pariah clerk and sexton here
My name is Caleb Quotem
I'm painter glazier auctioneer
In short I am factotum
I make a watch I mend the pumps
For plumbers work my knack is
I physic sell I cure the mumps I tomb stones cut I cut the rumps
Of little school boy Jackies
Geography is my delight Ballads epitaphs I write
Almanacks I can indite
Graves I dig compact and tight
At night by the fire like a jolly old cock
When my day's work's done and all over
I tipple I smoke and I wind up the Clock
With my sweet Mrs Quotem in Clover

Kevin Flude is a former Museum of London archaeologist, who is now the Director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum. He has enjoyed leading Guided Walks since the late 1970's… and is something of an old punk, on the quiet, it would seem. His blog is And Did Those Feet.

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