Island of No Return Lyrics

Billy Bragg


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Billy Bragg
album: Track 6 in album Brewing Up With Billy Bragg
release date: 1984-11
popularity : 1 users have visited this page.
length: 3:35
engineer: Kenny Jones
producer: Ted de Bono

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Digging all day and digging all night
To keep my foxhole out of sight
Digging into dinner on a plate on my knees
The smell of damp webbing in the morning breeze
Fear in my stomach, fear in the sky
I eat my dinner with a weary eye
After all this it won't be the same
Messing around on Salisbury Plain

Pick up your feet, fall in, move out
We're going to a party way down South
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity

I hate this flat land, there's no cover
For sons and fathers and brothers and lovers
I can take the killing, I can take the slaughter
But I don't talk to Sun reporters
I never thought that I would be
Fighting fascists in the Southern Sea
I saw one today and in his hand
Was a weapon that was made in Birmingham

Pick up your feet, fall in, move out
We're going to a party way down South
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity

I wish Kipling and the Captain were here
To record our pursuits for posterity
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity

Track Listing

  • 1 It Says Here
  • 2 Love Gets Dangerous
  • 3 The Myth of Trust
  • 4 From a Vauxhall Velox
  • 5 The Saturday Boy
  • 6 Island of No Return
  • 7 St Swithin's Day
  • 8 Like Soldiers Do
  • 9 This Guitar Says Sorry
  • 10 Strange Things Happen
  • 11 A Lover Sings