Ghost Town

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All the villages swallowed up by Birmingham kept their high streets. This is how they seem today.

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It was a Saturday morning bus to town
For grandma, mother and me
With a list of the shops we'd need to call at
Before the cakes and tea
There was the butcher, the baker, the bookshop too
So many things for us to do
But with Oxfam and Heartbeat and Save The Children
Who'll save the old town now?

The cinema stood on the railway's corner
Courting couples would queue
Now it's a big fat supermarket
You have to drive out to
They've got the meat and the veg
The fruit and the flowers
They've killed the little shops with their hours
And with Oxfam and Heartbeat and Save The Children
Who'll save the old town now?

Who'll save the old town? Now it's a ghost town
Once it was my town, a warm as toast town
But with charity shops and boarded windows
It's not my old town now

Jimmy and Joe met John the poacher
For beer at the old King's Head
Now it's been closed down and the new off-licence
Has Australian lager instead
So the charm of the old town starts to pall
As everyone goes to the shopping mall
And with Oxfam and Heartbeat and Save The Children
Who'll save the old town now?

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from Snaps, released January 1, 1995

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