Dizzojay's Dean Dreams (dizzojay) wrote,
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Something different - and brilliant!

Have you ever had that moment that you hear a song and it completely captivates you?  You find yourself humming it all the time, and just can't get it out of your head?

Well, last week, we were sitting in the garden late one evening and listening to the folk programme on Radio 2, and they played a song called 'The Villon Song' by a group called 'Stick in the Wheel', and I had one such moment.

The song is written in 'thieves' cant' which is an old slang dialect spoken by the thieves and villains to bamboozle respectable folk, and ensure that no-one knew what they were talking about.   It's a concept that goes back hundreds of years.   Most regions have a 'cant' language, and this song is in London cant (which is also where cockney rhyming slang originated from).

The song is harsh and gritty, and goes into all the ways that a thief can make his ill-gotten gains, but gives the warning that in the end, he'll never get any good from it ... "the booze and the blowens cop the lot".  In other words, the drink and the prostitutes get it all.

There is a wonderfully grotesque and haunting video that goes with the the song to make it even more memorable.

I can totally understand how this might not be to everyone's taste, but do have a listen, I'd love to know what you think!






Go check out Stick in the Wheel too, they've got some great music!
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