England Made Me

Don’t worry, this is not going to be a long, dreary entry about how Anglophilia has scarred my soul and warped my very existence.

I had meant to post this song earlier, to conclude the recent trio (good things come in threes!) of sloshed live cover songs, but it slipped my addled mind as the week devolved. So I’m just sticking it up now, quickly. Thankfully, there’s not much typing involved, as there’s no Devastationalist anecdote that this brings to mind. In fact, the whole thing is refreshingly (relatively speaking) angst-free.

This is The Lockhorns live at McGovern’s, one of the more improbable of our revolving-door line-ups — Ward Dotson guest-starring on guitar, and the almost farcically versatile David Terhune sitting in on the drums. Doing this song in the first place was almost certainly Joe Katz’s idea.

Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry Marsden)

The Lockhorns

5 Replies to “England Made Me”

  1. No, doing it was your idea, PS — doing it a la “Gloria” was my contribution. I can’t listen here at work, but I’m 99.44% sure that’s how we did it, including a dramatic “bam-bam-bam-bam-STOP” figure at the end of the bridge, going into Ward’s solo.

  2. Yup, you got it, tough guy — “bam-bam-bam-bam-STOP” and all.

    No doubt your memory is at least a little better than mine.

    That being the case, maybe you wouldn’t mind scrolling down to “Lonely Planet Boy” and telling me who’s playing bass?

  3. Supposedly Gerry Marsden made more money from a now-forgotten cover version of this tune than from the whole rest of his career: “Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey” was the B-Side of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” which was one of the biggest selling vinyl 45s of all time— maybe the biggest. Whatever the hell happened to those guys?

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