Tuesday, 8 May 2012

WEDNESDAY CLUB - David Ackles - The Road to Cairo

MIDWEEK CRISIS you have lost your way, come to WEDNESDAY CLUB we have David Ackles and he will show you the Road to Cairo
DAVID ACKLES - The Road to Cairo(1968)
An American Goth

The Road from East Kilbride

It was my first time in London
She had moved there
I had some interviews for jobs planned
So I could join her

There were decisions to make

I worked with the Tax Office in Scotland at the time.
(I was more a Robin Hood figure than that prat John Osbourne)
We went to Leicester Square
I was impressed with all the lights
The buzz
There was this Bar
I recall it had a large cowboy stood outside
The music was loud
The music was great
It was my type of music
This song stood out
I did not know who it was by
The words the Road to Cairo
Rang around my head

We stayed in the Bar
For a long long time
For the music and the drinking
For more music and more drinking

I just had to find my way
I had to find a way to Cairo

I immediately bought David Ackles albums 'David Akcles' and 'American Gothic' both are brilliant. His music is so underrated. The 'Road to Cairo' later took on another significance. My wife was born in Egypt and lived in Cairo for many years.  Although the song is about the American version of Cairo.

Julie Driscol and Brian Auger also did a pretty good version of the song.

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9 May 2012 at 08:08

Great story, nice insight into the life of Old Pa and his Corner and fab song. Will dig out some David Ackles later as I haven't listened to him for a long time.

10 May 2012 at 15:03

I had heard the Julie Driscol version through a recommendation in a magazine and thought it good but this is much much better. Bright lights big city, the things you do for love, nice poem.