Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
More today from Chris Welch’s 2008 notes in the CD insert:
“Guy Stevens, who also worked with Mott The Hoople and later produced the Clash album “London’s Calling” in 1979, died aged 38 in 1981.
The last Tramline track was called “Harriet’s Underground Railway” and Micky confesses that he didn’t understand the title’s significance anymore [sic] than he knew what “Moves Of Vegetable Centuries” meant. “It had nothing to do with the lyrics. Colin started playing a Hendrix type riff on bass guitar, so we all joined in and jammed. We put the backing track down and then John said: “I’d better write some lyrics. Ron said: “Hey I’ve got a great title for the song, Harriet’s Underground Railway”.” John thought this was perfect, but wrote these blues lyrics “My baby’s left me…yeah” which had nothing to do with the title.”
“In fact, Asbery was recalling the days of slavery in the Southern USA in the 19th century. An escape route for runaway slaves was established by one Harriet Tubman, herself a runaway from Maryland. “Harriet’s Underground Railroad” was a network of “safe houses” where slaves could stay on their perilous route to freedom in the North.
More next time.