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Life In A Northern Town Lyrics

Artist: Dream Academy
Album: Dream Academy

A Salvation Army Band played
And Children drunk lemonade
And the morning lasted all day,
All day
And through an open window came
Like Sinatra in a younger day,
Pushing the town away

Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.

They sat on the stoney ground
And he took out a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen.
He said "In winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy
And The Beatles."

Ah- hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
All the work shut down.

The evening had turned to rain
Watch the water roll down the drain,
As we followed him down
To the station
And though he never would wave goodbye,
You could see it written in his eyes
As the train pulled out of sight

Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.


by roaster on 5/12/2008 4:11pm
sugarland sings it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better by 1,000,000. go all you country fans!!!!!!!!!!
by Kems on 5/15/2008 6:07pm
I agree
by Jey on 5/16/2008 5:58am
Anyone else notice that the lyrics are different in the Sugarland/Little Big Town/Jake Owen version...?
by Emily on 5/17/2008 11:37am
I did^^ !

And I also like the Sugarland/LBT/Jake Owen version way better! (LOVE)
by aundria on 5/17/2008 1:08pm
by Shariboo on 5/18/2008 11:50am
Sugarland, LBT, and Jake Owens definitely gives this song justice! I love their version!
by peg on 5/19/2008 1:24pm
I find it interesting that the song's history can be reinterpreted to be abouth the death of JFK. "he would never waved goodbye" as the train pulled out of the station. I was there. This interpretation ( a personal one" is rather haunting. I love the Country version!
by jay. on 5/19/2008 5:51pm

i agree.

sugerlands version is much better.

by athletezachlover on 5/19/2008 6:04pm
i love this song so much! this is one greatest songs ever! omg! i love this song! this is so kewl that all these groups came together to sing this amazing song!
by Tkerbyz on 5/20/2008 8:32am
by Joey on 5/21/2008 3:49pm
What exactly is this song about? I love it!!!! but don't runderstand the lyrics
by Justin on 5/23/2008 4:58pm
I dont understand them myself. i love the song tho! something about it that just make me wanna crank it up!
by Brooke on 5/24/2008 9:51am
I love this song it is so kewl!!!!!!!!
by BB on 5/26/2008 6:48pm
The Sugarland version lacks the intensity of the Dream Academy version. I was surprised and very disappointed to see that Sugarland did this song. Ruined it.
by Kelsy on 5/28/2008 1:53am
I definately love the Sugarland/LBT/Jake Owen version 1 million times more!
by nick on 5/28/2008 4:44pm
jennifer mettles (sugarland) is so horgeous and that voice oooohhhhh mmmmmyyyyyy gggggoooooooddddd
by Lynda on 5/31/2008 9:01am
definitely one of the best country songs on right now!!!!
by Deb on 6/3/2008 4:15pm
This is one of my favorite country songs. This song is - pure and simple - it is about Nick Drake, a songwriter who died in 1974 (possible suicide on anti-depressants of all things!)

If you haven't listened to Drake's work, and you like Dream Academy, you should give a listen. It may not be as polished, but it's got 'the stuff'. Other artists directly influenced and affected by Drake's work include, The Cure (their very name comes from a Drake song!), Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones, and American Music Club.

Nick had his own small following - and it was small enough that he would often play out in the open of his small Northern England town of Tanworth-in-Arden. Here, Nick Laid-Clowes of the Dream Academy imagines what it must have been like to have sat down and listened to him.

Nick Drake never 'waved goodbye', and he never knew how successful he'd be some 30 years later, but he influenced a LOT of musicians and here the Academy pays homage to his memory
by Deb on 6/4/2008 3:07pm
I love th Sugarland/Jake Owen version, the harmony is incredible!! Still, I dont get what this song means! Someone help. please?
by Morgan on 6/26/2008 6:28pm
i loved this song soo much!! i about cried when i heard it wouldnt be sold on itunes! but will it be? my friend said that she saw it on itunes...
by kimberly on 6/27/2008 9:17am
yes it is on itunes yay...i downloaded it last night..
by Rob on 6/27/2008 9:22am
The country version is horrendous and completely ruins the song.
by The Gilpin on 7/5/2008 12:12am
The Dream Academy song is pretty good and so is the Sugarland. I prefer the Sugarland one better, specifically cause I like country and it's definitely more country and has a more upbeat-ness to it, but at the same time has that sad twinge in it.

I would say Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen did not ruin it. This is because of the fact that they changed it to a different genre and thus didn't really have a chance to kill it. For those of you who think the country version is not as good (and possibly ruined it) it is most likely just because you do not like country.
by Brad on 7/5/2008 12:31pm
I liked the Dream Academy version, way back when, but the harmonies on Sugarland/Little Big Town, Jake Owen version are just out of this world ! Amazing how an old rock song is my favorite on Country Radio, right now, lol. Gotta love Country Music !
by Raina on 7/6/2008 11:30am
I think that sugar land did just ok dream academy much better need to dl origianal version can help?
by MJ on 7/7/2008 2:22pm
Not a fan of remakes a lot of the time, but people who are crapping on the Sugarland version are either just huge Dream Academy fans or just hate country.

The Sugarland version is impeccable, and for you country haters, you might look into Jennifer Nettles a bit more, she's got far more ability than your average pop-country star (Ask long time Atlantans about her).
by windtalker on 7/7/2008 10:23pm
great song. great interpretation by sugarland, little big town, and jake owen.
by saturngirl2007 on 7/10/2008 3:29pm
This is the version that I have heard, I just love the voices conbinations.
by PSP on 7/22/2008 7:47pm
This song is about the ambiance of a town in the north, a small town (0-500 people) where life seems to stand still. This song describes it well and the version by Sugarland is incredible. One has to experience it to know it - one has to get out of the city.
by girl on 7/23/2008 3:31pm
i dont like this song i am a huuuuuge country fan and just dislike this song it makes no sense and just sounds dumb. i have never heard of dream academy and never listened to their version but i just dont like this song period.
by Roofus on 7/23/2008 7:56pm
I think you are all nuts to say Sugarland does it better. This song is perfectly perfect the way Dream Academy plays it. Its a great 80s tune..keep that way

by Kate on 7/30/2008 11:02pm
I like the original version better. However, Sugarland does a good job.
by Yumm on 8/15/2008 4:58pm
This song is absolutely amazing.
The original, I mean.
It's like Sugarland is TRYING to make it sound bad. :/
by Mik on 9/1/2008 8:21am
Thanks to Deb for the background (Nick Drake) about this song. I am wondering, however, why he would mention 1963 in America if he was British...???
by Bob on 9/28/2008 11:24pm
Good question there Mik! I just wish I coule answer it for you. This song has alot of wonder to it and Questions to be answered. I am from the mid 1900's and I have heard more than my share of all genre and this song is one of the most curious songs there is. Nobody seems to know much about it, but it is an amazing song.
I don't claim to know the answers but if you have lived and took life to heart, sometimes you believe you know the answers even tho you don't.
What I am saying is, It doesn't matter who wrote the song or who remade it, the song is about spaciffics. Listen to it with your HEART.
by Dele on 10/26/2008 10:56am
The country version of this is very bland. The Dream Academy version is much better and very unique.
by bug on 11/20/2008 7:19pm
hey bb and Dele in my point of veiw Dream Academy is the ones who ruined it. Shugarland was just helping them!OK!
by Greg on 12/3/2008 10:07am
I'm sorry the Dream Academy version is the best. Sugerland's is good but can't compare to the original.
by Dan on 4/14/2009 12:01am
I just heard a Rick Springfield version of this song. Computer says it came out in 2005. It wasn't bad. Not bad at all.
by Rebekah on 4/15/2009 6:11pm
This is funny becuase these lyrics dose not match the song. There is somethings that they say in the song that is not on here. This is one of my songs that I love thinks to my DJ. Well I hope that someone could fix it..
by Gorbechav on 4/19/2009 1:16am
hey o ma ma ma pollute your eye-ah
by Lava on 11/7/2010 10:09am
Wow. Anyone who thinks this song is about jfk and life in a northern town is an unremittant simpleton. This song is a metaphorical tribute to recording artist and songwriter Nick Drake. Nick Drake lived and died in a northern town that depressed the fuck out of him. Despite record deals and successful shows, Nick never really believed his life mattered. He died in 1976, possibly by his own hand, having only released three records. That is what this song is about.

by Duncan Idaho on 7/15/2011 1:50am
Funny how all the country version lovers accuse those who don't like it of just hating country. Grow up people and stop sounding so insecure. Dream Academy made this song famous. Their is a reason Dream Academy's version had such a larger appeal, it is soooooo much better. The country version ruined the whole feel of the song and does not do the original justice.
by ElectricBlue on 9/25/2011 2:20am
The country remake of this amazing song is a joke. They completely missed the point, and tried to turn it into some cutesy "slice of americana" piece. For those who "don't get it"... blame Sugarland. They didn't "get it" either.
by happily on 5/7/2012 11:27am
Veduta naya. Are they talking about a painting by Carlo Naya? Are they saying om,om,om, instead of ma,ma,ma?
by Yawn on 8/28/2012 7:27am
I don't agree that Sugarland's version is better than the original!
by Edward on 1/15/2013 1:59pm
Sugarland should be put in prison for what they did to this song. Horrible!

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