Ocean Building

from Run V​.​T. by Ian Evans

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This melody came to me as I hummed to myself on a walk from my office to the tube home... I sang it into my iPod (as I usually do in that situation) and then met an old colleague and had a 2 minute chat with him. He’s called Fabrice and our chat all got recorded by accident. The lyrics are about the Moorgate, Bank and Fenchurch Street areas of London, which I walked through most nights at the time - It was a chance to see a few extra bits of London scenery, within my restrictive Dad routine.

The chorus is of course a bit Doom Metal-y (which was an interest of mine at the time, replacing the Black Metal that I played a lot during the Hygge album! I love metal, but it only seeps into my own music a little of course).

lyrics

Walking to my train, under Moorgate Control
Tower 42 in a shape designed well

Lighthouse sculptures on the Ocean Building
Chartered Accountants Hall and the Great Swan

Old Dr Butler’s Head and Bassishaw Walk
Secret passage to The Lord Mayor’s Guildhall

Christchurch Tower Residence and Tivoli corner…
John Soan’s Italian, magic buildings
Louise Lombard Street and the Counting House pub…
London Stone Cannon Street, that glows behind bars
Fen Street for sculptures and up a Rood Lane

Three mincing horses called Dollar or Yen
Dunster Court, dropping at Mark Lane station

Little gold lamb and the Proud Cabaret
Fen and Windsor bars and Sir Ghastly Grims

Crutched Friars and John Cass's foundation
Pow R, Toc H for Sir. Tubby Clayton

The Old Jewery is still out on that one…
Syd the beat painting to Eskimo Nell
Trinity Square for my C2C home…
Barking or Spotted dog pubs and the WHSmiths shop
A Braille map of Barking, where I’m semi-trapped

References:

* Moorgate Control - After the Morgate tube crash a system of automated breaking was implemented on London tube trains. They're called Morgate Controls after the disaster. My lifestyle was very restricted at this time by being a new dad, so I was imagining my movements having brakes on.

* Tower 42 – A City of London sky scraper, which is in the shape of the Natwest Bank logo

* Ocean Building - An interesting building, tucked away off Moorgate, which has a lot of quirky sculptures and hidden features - A ship and lighthouse etc.

* Chartered Accountants Hall - A beautiful building

* The Great Swan - One of the sculptures close to the Ocean Building is of a swan spreading its wings

* Old Dr Butler’s Head - A pub

* Bassishaw Walk - A tiny alleyway to The Lord Mayor’s office, The Guildhall

* Christchurch Tower Residence - Although this must be on the route of my walk I have no memory of what it is! No doubt it caught my eye

* Tivoli Corner - A corner of the Bank of England has a short cut built into it to ease traffic. It's Italian-themed architecture has an inscription about its history and why it's called Tivoli corner

* John Soan’s magic buildings - John Soan designed the bank of England. His own house has all sorts of hidden corridors, statues, secret areas etc.

* Louise Lombard - A pretty actress from the 1980's, who I'm always reminded of when I walk down Lombard Street, opposite the Bank of England

* The Counting House pub - One of my favourite pubs in the city, due to its raised balconies and Victorian architecture/chandeliers

* London Stone - The London Stone has an interesting history to look up, but is essentially a very old stone, visible behind some bars close to Cannon Street station. It's lit, so it has a spooky glow at night

* Cannon Street - A London train station

* Fen Street sculptures - There are some interesting ones here

* Rood Lane - Interesting mostly for its name

* Three mincing horses - A sculpture off Dunster Court shows three horses representing the wild nature of the finance industry. They're called Dollar, Yen and Sterling

* Dunster Court - An area of food and drink places, used mostly by city workers

* Mark Lane station - A disused tube station that used to exist in the area

* A little gold lamb - A tiny sculpture outside Proud Cabaret

* Proud Cabaret - A burlesque club

* Fen and Windsor bars - The Fen is the pub inside Fenchurch Street station. The Windsor is a nicer pub outside it

* "Sir Ghastly Grims" - The church opposite Fenchurch Street station is often called this due to the number of skulls carved into its stone work

* Crutched Friars - The name of a road near Fenchurch Street Station. It has a statue on it of an actual Friar on crutches

* John Cass's foundation - A school on Crutched Friars

* Pow R, Toc H - This organisation to help overseas servicemen was founded i nthe area and there's a blue plaque commemorating it outside Tower Hill tube station

* Sir. Tubby Clayton - The founder of that organisation

* The Old Jewery - A road in the area, named for the Jewish community who once lived there. I'm making a pun of course on the phrase "the jury is still out"

* Syd the beat - A nickname of Syd Barrett the founder of Pink Floyd, whilst he was at art college. He wrote a song called Pow R, Toc H

* Eskimo Nell - Syd Barret's girlfriend, who is imortalised on the cover of his album The Madcap Laughs

* Trinity Square - An area outside Tower Hill tube station, with some impressive buildings. It's often used as a setting for TV dramas

* The C2C - A fast train service from Essex into central London

* Barking or Spotted dog pubs - Two pubs in Barking, making use of dog related puns

* WHSmiths - I usually go in this stationers on my way home, to browse magazines

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from Run V​.​T., released August 4, 2015

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