Tommy Cooper (feat. Derren Brown)

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A torch song for our hero Tommy Cooper, with a cameo from the incomparable Derren Brown. The song is performed on vocals, piano, saw, vibes, glockenspiel and other percussion.

25% of proceeds from this track go to the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

lyrics

Glass bottle, bottle glass
Tommy Tommy

I heard you left me jus’ like that.
Tommy Tommy
Thought it was part of the act.
So they were laughing
as you were dying on the stage
lying entertainingly before the curtain.
The world uncertain
if this was just another joke
before you dusted off the cloak
that’s draped across your final take
as they cut to a commercial break.

Glass bottle, bottle glass
Tommy Tommy

If time and space could swerve and let me
climb inside my TV set
I’d find a way to step
beyond the test card,
minding capacitors and cathode rays,
and slide into the jet black blink between the picture frames.
There you’d be, smiling, top of your game.
Your miser’s bucket brim full of gold again.
With the dentist who told you to ‘say aah’ because his dog had died.
and the horse you backed at 10 to 1 that came in at ten past five.
You’d conjure with folds of silk, spinning words and delicious uncertainties
as you hunch your shoulders, laughing at your own absurdity.

But this is no magic box.
We both know your appearance is an illusion
Inside this contrivance of flickers in the room
Electrons hit metal and ‘spoon, jar, jar, spoon!’
you materialise, the great prestidigitator - playing the fool.
Embers of pixellated, electronic dust
ephemeral as a scarf of disappearing polkadots.
I can no more reach you from this distance
than a doll can speak truths without a ventriloquist.
Answer me this: Would we even like each other?
Or would we fight when the show is over
As you sidle to the bar and pour another,
hiding your troubles, wondering if you’re still beloved?

Glass bottle, bottle glass
Tommy Tommy

Glass bottle, bottle glass
Tommy Tommy

credits

from Juice for the Baby (sold out), released December 9, 2011
Music and lyrics by Sarah Angliss, arr. Spacedog. Performers: Jenny Angliss (vocals), Derren Brown (spoken word), Sarah Angliss (piano and saw), Stephen Hiscock (percussion).

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Spacedog Brighton

Obsessed with defunct machines, faded variety acts and English folk tales, Spacedog are known for their strangely unsettling, ethereal music, performed on vocals, theremin, saw, keyboard and percussion, and for the ‘uncanny’ robots who perform with them on stage.

Awarded Best Music Event of Brighton Festival and Fringe 2011. Spacedog are grateful to PRS Foundation for their support.
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