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lirik lagu saint etienne – sweet arcadia

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[spoken word]
the trains took us away from the smoke, from fenchurch street
through limehouse, west ham, barking, and over the fields
to laindon, dunton, pitsea, benfleet
to southend-on-sea
39 miles and 40 chains over the fields, through the thick clay

we took over the neglected meadow, the untidy farmyard, and overgrown hedgerow
smallholdings–homemade, handmade
makeshift towns, a land for the people, a home of your own
sweet arcadia

tumbledown shacks and tumbledown cliffs
a refuge from the rent book
we built our own shops, we built our own cinemas, we named our own houses:
the haven, cozy nook, landsbury, beerer john, tellsville, bon ami

and when the waters the breached the seawalls, we moved back inland
into surrey: box hill, normandy, selsdon vale
into kent: cliffsend, seasalter, dungeness
into sussex: jurys gap, pett level, peacehaven
sweet albion, makeshift, make do and mend
we built mock-tudor sheds and houses from train carriages
from asbestos and corrugated iron
we took your land, and we made it our land
sweet arcadia

[sung]
ohh, oh, sweet arcadia
ohh, oh, sweet arcadia
ohh, oh, sweet arcadia

ohh, oh, sweet arcadia
ohh, oh, sweet arcadia
ohh, oh, sweet arcadia