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Up The Junction - Squeeze

Up The Junction

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"Up the Junction" was the third single released from Squeeze's second album, Cool for Cats. Written by band members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, it remains one of the band's most popular and well-remembered songs (especially in the UK); it reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It is quite notable for not having a chorus. Speaking with Songfacts about this song in an interview, Glenn Tilbrook explained : "The lyric was a story that had no obvious repeats, and I thought it read perfectly well as it was. I was thinking of something like Positively 4th Street as a template when I wrote the music." A blink and you miss it intro, a punched drum fill and you're in. The desire for economy is taken to extremes: no time wasting chorus and definitely no soloing, even the birth takes only half an hour. The arrangement is simple and breathtakingly subtle: the bridge being the verse's melody over different backing and the final heartbreaking passage sung over a pared down band with a simple string arrangement. The focus rests almost entirely on the words. Lyrically it's probably the most unpretentiously detailed song since She's Leaving Home, from the opening line "I never thought it would happen...", through the job with Stanley and the bunch of flowers we hang on every word. Until in the end, as we always knew, there is tragedy. It seems to have been quietly forgotten, but this very English kitchen sink drama shines as brightly today as any of it's more celebrated contemporaries and on a par with the greats. Highlights abound, I suppose we all have our favourites, but the line that gets me? "I'd beg for some forgiveness, but begging's not my business." And there you have it: a story of al fresco sex, happiness, birth, alcoholism, gambling, separation and good ol' fashioned remorse, crammed into three detail packed minutes. You can hear all the great story records from Patches through Hey Joe and Piss Factory right up to Common People singing down the years. A masterpiece.


There are three artists that have used this name 1. A popular British new wave band 2. An American rapper 3. A Nigerian Dancehall artist 1. Squeeze is a rock band which formed in London, England in 1974. The band was formed by songwriters Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar) and Chris Difford (guitar, vocals) who have been the group's only constant members since the band's formation (with the exception of Difford's hiatus from the band in 1999). Aside from Difford and Tilbrook Show more ...

Up The Junction - Squeeze

(difford/tilbrook)

I never thought it would happen
With me and the girl from clapham
Out on the windy common
That night I ain't forgotten
When she dealt out the rations
With some or other passions
I said you are a lady
Perhaps she said I may be
We moved into a basement
With thoughts of our engagement
We stayed in by the telly
Although the room was smelly
We spent our time just kissing
The railway arms we're missing
But love had got us hooked up
And all our time it took up

I got a job with stanley
He said I'd come in handy
And started me on monday
So I had a bath on sunday
I worked eleven hours
And bought the girl some flowers
She said she'd seen a doctor
And nothing now could stop her

I worked all through the winter
The weather brass and bitter
I put away a tenner
Each week to make her better
And when the time was ready
We had to sell the telly
Late evenings by the fire
With little kicks inside her

This morning at 4: 50
I took her rather nifty
Down to an incubator
Where thirty minutes later
She gave birth to a daughter
Within a year a walker
She looked just like her mother
If there could be another

And now she's two years older
Her mother's with a soldier
She left me when my drinking
Became a proper stinging
The devil came and took me
From bar to street to bookie
No more nights by the telly
No more nights nappies smelling

Alone here in the kitchen
I feel there's something missing
I'd beg for some forgiveness
But begging's not my business
And she won't write a letter
Although I always tell her
And so it's my assumption
I'm really up the junction



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