Raymond and the Wires Gigs Lyrics Comments

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Author
Robyn Hitchcock
Performances
67

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 22, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock Band on the Wall Manchester England UK June 02, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock Brudenell Social Club Leeds England UK June 09, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock The Fleece Bristol England UK October 29, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock The Trades Club Hebden Bridge England UK November 01, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock Railway Inn Winchester England UK November 02, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery New York New York US November 20, 2015
Bring Back British Rail Green Door Store Brighton England UK December 20, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock The Generator Johannesburg South Africa February 06, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US March 22, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock Ready Room St. Louis Missouri US April 04, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock KDHX St. Louis Missouri US April 04, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US April 06, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock 89.3 The Current Saint Paul Minnesota US April 06, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Thalia Hall Chicago Illinois US April 08, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Marathon Center for Performing Arts Findlay Ohio US April 10, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Majestic Theatre Detroit Michigan US April 11, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock WAPS Studio C Akron Ohio US April 13, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock The Kent Stage Kent Ohio US April 13, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock WYEP Community Broadcast Studio Pittsburgh Pennsylvania US April 14, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale Pennsylvania US April 14, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Plan 9 Records Richmond Virginia US April 19, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Lyric Theatre Blacksburg Virginia US April 20, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock WVTF Roanoke Virginia US April 20, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Jammin Java Vienna Virginia US May 11, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock SiriusXM The Loft Chicago Illinois US June 19, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock The Drake Hotel Toronto Ontario Canada September 21, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St. Louis Missouri US November 14, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Monty Hall Jersey City New Jersey US February 16, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Firehouse Center For The Performing Arts Newburyport Massachusetts US February 17, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River Massachusetts US April 12, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock City Vinyard at Pier 26 New York New York US November 18, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Hạ Long Bay Hạ Long Vietnam December 02, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock The Stone Church Brattleboro Vermont US April 16, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Firehouse Center For The Performing Arts Newburyport Massachusetts US April 17, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock South Street Arts Center Reading England UK April 30, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Wedgewood Rooms Southsea England UK May 01, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Music Box Supper Club Cleveland Ohio US June 19, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Drake Hotel Toronto Ontario Canada June 23, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Bristol Folk House Bristol England UK July 26, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock St Paul's Church Birmingham England UK October 25, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock The ArtsCenter Carrboro North Carolina US November 14, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Drygate Brewing Co Glasgow Scotland UK January 26, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle Washington US February 28, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock The Orpheum Theater Flagstaff Arizona US March 07, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US May 20, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US June 21, 2020
Boothby Graffoe Songs and Stories Robyn and Emma's house London England UK November 26, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK December 18, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK December 20, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK June 02, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK July 02, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Ipswich Transport Museum Ipswich England UK September 11, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock The Swiss Cottage Twyford England UK September 19, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock More Music Morecombe England UK September 25, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock The Crescent York England UK September 28, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock St Mary's Creative Space Chester England UK September 30, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Summerhall Edinburgh Scotland UK October 02, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Jammin Java Vienna Virginia US October 07, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK February 09, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Brudenell Social Club Leeds England UK March 20, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall Lowell Massachusetts US April 09, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Turf Club St Paul Minnesota US April 16, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Stoughton Opera House Stoughton Wisconsin US April 19, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock The Cluny Newcastle upon Tyne England UK May 01, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff Wales UK May 06, 2022
Robyn Hitchcock Storey's Field Center Cambridge England UK May 12, 2022

Comments

Notes from Robyn on Patreon in 2021

Charlie and I also recorded a demo of “Raymond And The Wires” a song I’d recently written in a kitchen in Sydney. It refers back to the time when I was 11 and went to ride on a soon-to-be-extinct electric bus with my father Raymond. He had recently given me a book about buses and I had become particularly obsessed by electric-powered vehicles (trolleybuses & trams) that were on the way out. I loved the way they drew voltage from the thick black wires that hung above them like a kind of handwriting in the sky. A few years later I felt the much same way about electric Bob Dylan...

Raymond was an ex-soldier with a stiff left leg that still ached from a war wound in 1944, 20 years previously. He wore thick glasses and often looked lost, walking with a distinctive lurch. Because he’d been that way all my young life it didn’t occur to me how much he must have constantly suffered from his disability: as a teenager he had been a sprinter. He and I didn’t have a very direct relationship, but every so often he would focus on doing something with me. Whenever I was with him I absorbed him at point-blank range, and he fuelled me with the creative drive that compels me to this day.

So it felt special that he indulged my electric-traction fetish and took me to Reading, just outside London which still had the overhead wiring and silent, hissing trolleybuses: a town famous for manufacturing biscuits/cookies, and where Oscar Wilde was criminally jailed. But to me Reading will always be where my father and I attempted to bond, sitting downstairs on a now long-demolished trolleybus.

Lyrics

My eyes have seen the trolley bus
On her pneumatic tyres
Vamping down the highroad
Drinking from the wires

My eyes have seen the trolley bus
Her rivets and her wheels
Sinking electricity
I wonder how that feels
I wonder

My eyes have seen the trolley bus
In 1964
I caught one with my father
We climbed through the back door
We couldn't sit upstairs because
My father's leg was bad
He spoke to me behind the glass
He was a lonesome dad

My eyes have seen the trolley bus
The silent way she moves
You miss the love you never had
The needle skips the grooves
I never knew my father close
Although I took him in
He travels round beside me now
He goes everywhere I've been
I wonder
I wonder

My eyes have seen the trolley bus