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London Pride [Jul. 7th, 2005|02:47 pm]
Tony Grist
London Pride has been handed down to us.
London Pride is a flower that's free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it for ever will be.
Woa, Liza,
See the coster barrows,
Vegetable marrows
And the fruit piled high.
Woa, Liza,
Little London sparrows,
Covent Garden Market where the costers cry.
Cockney feet
Mark the beat of history.
Every street
Pins a memory down.
Nothing ever can quite replace
The grace of London Town.

INTERLUDE
There's a little city flower every spring unfailing
Growing in the crevices by some London railing,
Though it has a Latin name, in town and country-side
We in England call it London Pride.

London Pride has been handed down to us.
London Pride is a flower that's free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it for ever will be.
Hey, lady,
When the day is dawning
See the policeman yawning
On his lonely beat.
Gay lady,
Mayfair in the morning,
Hear your footsteps echo in the empty street.
Early rain
And the pavement's glistening.
All Park Lane
In a shimmering gown.
Nothing ever could break or harm
The charm of London Town.

INTERLUDE
In our city darkened now, street and square and crescent,
We can feel our living past in our shadowed present,
Ghosts beside our starlit Thames
Who lived and loved and died
Keep throughout the ages London Pride.

London Pride has been handed down to us.
London Pride is a flower that's free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it for ever will be.
Grey city
Stubbornly implanted,
Taken so for granted
For a thousand years.
Stay, city,
Smokily enchanted,
Cradle of our memories and hopes and fears.
Every Blitz
Your resistance
Toughening,
From the Ritz
To the Anchor and Crown,
Nothing ever could override
The pride of London Town.

Noel Coward.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-07 07:12 am (UTC)
Nothing ever could override
The pride of London Town.


thank you for posting this...

you know what I remember? When the Twin Towers were destroyed, at the changing of the guard at the Palace, the Star Spangled Banner was played.

Bless you and your country, and London Pride.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 07:35 am (UTC)
Thanks.

It's a great song. No hatred, no militarism. And it was written during the London blitz.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2005-07-07 07:17 am (UTC)
i'm so sorry for london. such things should not happen to such beautiful cities.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 07:37 am (UTC)
It's happened to London many times.....

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From: (Anonymous)
2005-07-07 07:24 am (UTC)
THank you. Our hearts are with you all.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-07-07 07:25 am (UTC)
Sorry...didn't realize I wasn't logged in.
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From: saskia139
2005-07-07 08:17 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. London is a magical place for me--I've never visited in real life, but I've been there in so many wonderful stories. The city and its people are in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you.

According to the latest reports, London is getting back on its feet. All but one of the mainline railway stations are open and the bus and underground services should be running again tomorrow
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[User Picture]From: cricketshay
2005-07-07 08:29 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: silent_mouse
2005-07-07 08:49 am (UTC)
Great song. Indeed, no hate or militarism. I miss this attitude so much.
You are in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 09:08 am (UTC)
Thanks.

I don't live near London, but she's my birthplace and the city of my heart. it's been a shock.
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From: isoldout
2005-07-07 09:05 am (UTC)
What a sad, sad thing.



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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 09:09 am (UTC)
Yes, but as the wartime slogan ran- "London can take it!"
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[User Picture]From: darlax
2005-07-07 10:27 am (UTC)
London is my favorite city. My second home. My heart breaks for those who are hurt and suffering.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 10:46 am (UTC)
London is my favourite city too.

But, then, it would be- I was born there.

I'm proud of the way Londoners have handled things today. There's been a great deal of dignity and understated courage.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2005-07-07 10:28 am (UTC)
Ha, snap! I've only just seen your post.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 11:38 am (UTC)
Well I never....

It's a song that always brings tears to my eyes.

I love Noel Coward.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks.

We're all a long way away from where the bombs went off.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-07 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I had never heard this before.

I'm glad you posted earlier that your family members are all accounted for and safe.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 11:41 am (UTC)
And the tune is lovely too.

Yes, we're all safe. I was a little worried about my nephew- but needlessly as it turns out. He's nowhere near London; in fact he's off on holiday.

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[User Picture]From: choriamb
2005-07-07 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay...thank you for keeping us all updated so we don't worry...been thinking of you today. -Tanya
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's been a sad and sobering day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I have London Pride (the flower) growing in the front yard. It's a constant reminder of Coward's song- and what it stands for.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2005-07-07 01:16 pm (UTC)
Blessings for posting that, it was needed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 02:47 pm (UTC)
London has a long, long history. The buildings rise and fall; the spirit remains.
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[User Picture]From: sirwilliam
2005-07-07 01:53 pm (UTC)
I found your journal through ajoyfulgirl. I hope you don't mind my comment. I lived in London in the mid nineties and took the tube to work every day. I couldn't help comparing these two images, taken sixty years apart (but how little have we changed):




Falling towers
Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London
Unreal
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-07 02:49 pm (UTC)
Pleased to meet you.

Those two images sit together very eloquently.
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