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Ghosts of the Underground

from The Dance of Life by JAYL

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Jayl's tribute to the late great Joe Strummer ('leader' of The Clash), London, the Arsenal and the London Underground, reputedly the most haunted place in England. 'Ghosts of the Underground' is also another historic collaboration between Jayl and the immensely talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Andy Wood (aka AC Wood). All the lyrics and vocals are by Jayl who read and studied Kris Needs' excellent book on The Clash before composing the song. Joe Strummer loved London and the song itself is partly inspired by the urban style of The Clash, particularly their later work and their triple album masterpiece Sandinista. The less earthy supernatural lyrical premise of the song is the many ghosts and strange happenings that have been reported on the London Underground. Imagine the layers of history that were disturbed during its construction, many old burial sites were discovered from the Roman times of old Londinium, through the medieval era and the mass pits of the time of the Black Death. Such mass disturbance would not have been without consequence! Moreover, many died during the underground's construction and many have died on the underground over the years since the first line opened in 1863. There have been infamous disasters such as Moorgate and King's Cross. So it is no surprise that their have been so many 'siteings and reports over the years by staff and passengers alike.



“Well what’d ‘ya know?” … Green worked the trash & cabs, Night shift punk, Rock ‘n’ Rump
Force of will @ Notting Hill and Spook in mauve @ Ladbroke Grove.
And I really really gotta’ know? Tell us a secret man – all aboard the soul train...Heroes name … Walk the rain on smokey streets…
And never never never know who you’re gonna meet…
And hear the Ghosts of the Underground …“Woah – What a sound!”

“No! No! No! Hey watch the cloth Moth, Been wall to rare, Council ‘Care.” Grey unseen @ Palmers Green and Death & coke @ Royal Oak….In a Mask & Cloak.
Ah Well ya know… We’ll love to watch it grow – your forest in the snow…And you know … You know the future is unwritten…
But we know we’re gonna get bitten…And hear the Ghosts of the Underground …“Woah – What a sound … What a sound!”

“Go Green! And What’d ‘ya know?” What we reap is what we sow.
And the urban artist flow…Lead to motivation, innovation, captivation, liberation…Liberty unfurled. Iron Soul ‘O’ Lion & the Shadow of the World….And the Shadow of the World!
Liberty unfurled…. Iron Soul ‘O’ Lion & the Shadow of the World

“Well Hello!” Green light showing, Go! Go! Go!
Thru Sinew & No Man’s land…And the seas & the holes & the shifting sands.And the Ghosts of the Underground …“Woah – What a sound!”

“So Broadway kept him goin’, Buskin’ show, Politico.”
Walk in the dark @ Finsbury Park and body of a mule & head of a shark! In the dark. “Screams it all! The enemy you know you see is better than the enemy…You can’t flee … I tell my Cat who tells the Rat…Who tells the Crow – that bird of Yore who screams it all…Screams it all!” And joins the Ghosts of the Underground … “Woah – What a sound … What a sound!”

Ghetto Defender, No Pretender, Gutter Poet, Truth of the Realm…
King @ the Helm, Riot @ the Rainbow and 5 STAR Rock ‘n’ Roll fuel!
5 STAR Rock ‘n’ Roll fuel … and the urban artist cool…
Lead to conversation, activation, affiliation, mesmerization…Liberty unfurled. Iron Soul ‘O’ Lion & the Shadow of the World.

Power of site, immortal fight, “Oh what a starry night…
And you know now … I can see the light!”

Lyrics by Jayl De Lara ©


from The Dance of Life, released August 1, 2008
by Jayl & Andy Wood © Harmony Label


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JAYL Gloucester, UK

JAYL (aka: Jayl De Lara) Singer - Songwriter - Musician - Producer + Founder of the Harmony Label and the PURISM music methodology & genre. Jayl has an amazing and extensive back catalogue going back to the 1980's which is now being made available as digital downloads through this Bandcamp site. ... more

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