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"London in a nutshell"

1 MP3 Songs in this album (2:59) !
Related styles: Pop: Pop, Urban/R&B: Soul, A Cappella

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Thereâs a good chance that Londoners watching âLondon Songâ, my recently released video, may recognise some well-known Capital landmarks, or possibly their very own local street. Hereâs why: almost every word in my song is the name of a London street, a project that, all in all, took a whole year to complete.

I was inspired to write the song back in 2010, when cycling around Hammersmith. I stopped at the corner of Down Place and Bridge Avenue when the chorus popped into my head. I recorded it on my dictaphone, then, on my way back, on seeing Dalling Roadâ¦Dalling road, Darling Road!!! (you get the idea,) I had the bridge.

It was at that moment that the idea of writing an entire song made up of London street names was born. At first, I had no idea whether I could complete the feat whilst, at the same time, maintaining a modicum of lyrical coherence, but once I opted for a more eerie direction for the lyrics, the pieces of the puzzle all came together.

I really couldnât have written the song without The Collins London Essential Street Atlas or Google Maps. I tried several methods. I would usually look at the map itself and pick street names within a particular neighbourhood. Thatâs how the words Mermaid, Paris Garden, Pilgrimage, Pepper, Mint and Tennis ended up in the same verse, theyâre all in Southwark.

I also tried to read the entire list of street names alphabetically and pick the words that I felt were funny or interesting. I donât know how many streets London has so I ended up picking sections at random, hence âThereâs a Violet Viking in Viewâ at the end of the song.

Eventually, I opted for writing the song organically, as a coherent whole, constantly checking back to see if a corresponding street name existed. What if it didnât? Simple: Synonyms!

Of course, I had to go around checking whether the actual street signs existed. Coming from France where signs dot every street corner, I was always fascinated by the seemingly optional (not to say arbitrary) nature of street signage in London. I had to chance some of them as they werenât visible on the (usually omniscient) Google Maps Street View. For instance, my cameraman found the street sign for âBatman Closeâ in the remotest, most unexpected corner, covered with leaves and thus pretty much invisible.

Writing the lyrics was one thing. Composing and arranging the song was a different paire de manche, altogether. The song is done entirely a capella, relatively uncharted territory for me, which means you really have to come up with melodies for every part. This took some time to arrange before the recording in June 2011.

Shooting the video, with the help of three friends, took six days in total, editing about as long. At one point, a resident at Down Place wandered nearby during filming: he had never seen a camera crew in the nine years heâs been living there. Suspicious about our enthusiasm for the otherwise generic brick wall behind us, he took a picture of us, presumably as evidence of a clearly momentous event.

Iâm now hoping to do another edit of the video with actual Londoners in it. So Iâm calling out on everyone to get involved in London Song edit 2. Just send me a picture of yourself in front of a street sign featured in the video by November 30th, 2011 (youâll get a complimentary mp3, and may even win a copy of the glorious The Times Atlas of London!).

After the recent riots, I thought it would be wonderful to pay tribute to the London and to Londoners, who are truly wonderful people and passionate about their city. I hope it makes others smile, which reminds me: there is certainly no shortage of funny street names in this city, which is just as well!

June Caravel is a French singer-songwriter and scriptwriter who has been living in London since 2009. She is also the lead singer of the band My Car Is Black, an all female rock combo.

The A Capella Sessions EP is due to be released on 9th January 2012 and you can pre order it on June Caravel's website.

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London Song by June Caravel
Part of The A Capella Sessions EP soon to be released.
Music & Lyrics by June Caravel.
Song Recorded in Sukiâs Studio by Maz in London in May, 2011.
Video shot in 6 days across London between August 6th and August 29th 2011.
Directed & Edited by June Caravel.
Co-directed and filmed by Pierre Carrey, Judith House & Anne-Catherine Ienné (my huge thanks to you guys!)
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London songâs Lyrics

Live and direct from London carry on, carry on!
Live and direct from London carry on, carry on!

Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even Nightingales make me Blue
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even RockânâRoll makes me Blue

Letâs go Play Tennis in Paris Garden
We could Ask the Mermaid and the Blue Lion
To Join us on the Sugar Quay if theyâre Not on a Pilgrimage to the Moon
If they Are, Letâs Ask the Angel and the Bride I know theyâre on the Cheapside

Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even Beckâsâ Lyrics make me Blue
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even Harry Potter makes me Blue
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even the Riverside makes me Blue
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue even R. Pattz makes me Blue

What if we Went Bowling on a Threadneedle
Batman could catch the Ball
And we could share some Pepper Mint Crisps
And be stars in Holland

Darling oh, donât You Want to Meet me oh yeah
Darling oh, donât You Want to Meet me oh yeah, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Darling oh, donât You Want to Meet me oh yeah
Darling oh, donât You Want to Meet me oh yeah oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Dear

Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue
Heaven knows how much Spice thereâs in the Stew
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue
I think Iâd quite like something New
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue
and as always thereâs Water in my Shoe
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenue
Thereâs a Violet Viking in View!

On the Bridge Avenue, Iâm at a Down Place
On the Bridge Avenue Iâm at a Down Place, oh!
Iâm at a Down Place on the Bridge Avenueâ¦
Live and direct from London carry on, carry on!
Live and direct from London carry on, carry onâ¦



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