Stone Thames

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Post by oliver » 11 Aug 2017, 10:03am

It's 32 years since this was released so I thought it was time I understood some of the lyrics.

Any help with what these mean?


Blame it on the Haliens (a typo?)
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A.R.C. light a shining (American Red Cross?)
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Trocadero transfer
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I-Beam closet scene (the only I-Beam I've heard of is in construction)


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Re: Stone Thames

Post by MarkyJacobs » 11 Aug 2017, 4:17pm

Trocadero Transfer was an after-hours club in San Francisco - as was, I just learned, I-Beam.

Always loved this song. Not sure why I've never researched the lyrics more fully...

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Post by Heston » 11 Aug 2017, 4:38pm

Great lyric, not sure if Don or Mick's words but bravo.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Silent Majority » 11 Aug 2017, 4:47pm

Pebble Seine
'But also: hey dude, you can just go looking for more glasses. They're all free now. '

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Post by Heston » 11 Aug 2017, 4:51pm

Is this like on Facebook where you post your "died of AIDS" actor's name?

Concrete Nile.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Silent Majority » 11 Aug 2017, 6:09pm

Heston wrote:
11 Aug 2017, 4:51pm
Is this like on Facebook where you post your "died of AIDS" actor's name?

Concrete Nile.
With the death of long time friend Concrete Nile, Nancy Reagan is finally acknowledging the epidemic.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 11 Aug 2017, 6:55pm

Scree Mississippi.
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Re: Stone Thames

Post by oliver » 11 Aug 2017, 7:01pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
11 Aug 2017, 4:17pm
Trocadero Transfer was an after-hours club in San Francisco - as was, I just learned, I-Beam.

Always loved this song. Not sure why I've never researched the lyrics more fully...
Nice! Makes perfect sense :)
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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Kory » 14 Aug 2017, 12:41pm

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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
Heraclitus (EMI)
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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Wolter » 14 Aug 2017, 12:45pm

Mica Missouri, which is also my Ancillary Character in Catch-22 name
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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Marky Dread » 02 Sep 2017, 2:46pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
11 Aug 2017, 4:17pm
Trocadero Transfer was an after-hours club in San Francisco - as was, I just learned, I-Beam.

Always loved this song. Not sure why I've never researched the lyrics more fully...
As Marky J says above and a club with a large gay contingent. The Golden Gate Business Association (San Francisco's Gay business association) had to apply for it's after hours licence. Mainly a disco club until '81 when it started to play more modern rock




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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Heston » 02 Sep 2017, 10:30pm

The first song written about AIDS? I can't think of any before it.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Marky Dread » 03 Sep 2017, 9:53am

Heston wrote:
02 Sep 2017, 10:30pm
The first song written about AIDS? I can't think of any before it.
Yeah I think it probably is mate.
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Re: Stone Thames

Post by MarkyJacobs » 03 Sep 2017, 3:50pm

Whilst not the first to do so (Soft Cell, anyone?), the song also name-checks the drug ecstasy long before it was a thing in the UK.

Indeed I've heard a story, from the horse's mouth so to speak, of driver Ray's bemusement at certain band members' 'cuddly' behaviour on an early trip to New York.

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Re: Stone Thames

Post by Marky Dread » 03 Sep 2017, 7:27pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
03 Sep 2017, 3:50pm
Whilst not the first to do so (Soft Cell, anyone?), the song also name-checks the drug ecstasy long before it was a thing in the UK.

Indeed I've heard a story, from the horse's mouth so to speak, of driver Ray's bemusement at certain band members' 'cuddly' behaviour on an early trip to New York.
Which song are you referring by Soft Cell. Not "Tainted Love" as that's an old Northern Soul classic by Gloria Jones (Bolan's girlfriend).
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