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2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson 7" 45

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I’ve looked hard and I suppose you could interpret its lyric as being metaphorical that way (“Well there ain’t no route you could choose to lose the two of us / Ain’t nobody know when you’re acting right or wrong / No one knows if a roadway’s leading nowhere / Gonna keep on driving home on the road I’m on”) but I’ve got to say that’s never occurred to me at any point since its release in 1977. This song is written as the perspective of the boys in the street, as a whole, and what path they are going to choose as they get older and grow into men.

The tie into the gay liberation movement comes to those enlightened with a familiarity of the popular gay lib chant “2,4,6,8, Gay is twice as good as straight… 3,5,7,9, Lesbians are mighty fine”.Continuing our look at the stories behind the songs, we turn our attention to a perennial driving favourite. All of which goes to show that boys will be boys – as Robinson would remind us with his next hit, Glad To Be Gay. Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy Award; Jimmy Page and Robert Plant earned their first trophies in 2000 for "Most High," a song they wrote together that explores the role of religion in society. in Sweden on 27 January 1978, and staying at the top for 4 weeks, while in the US (Harvest 4533) has "2-4-6-8" on both sides.

Issac Hayes is the voice of reason, maybe God, the angel on his shoulder, or the voice of his forefathers from beyond the grave who can see the big picture and are pleading with the boys not to continue the violence and pattern of killing their brothers, but to rise above. It was only after six months of playing everywhere from prisons to pubs to public schools that the band became ‘gig-fit’, ie tough enough and tight enough to put the song over with real conviction, so it would connect with listeners on first hearing. Tim Cooper has written for most national newspapers and many magazines on every subject from politics to pop culture. However, after touring the band became much tighter, and guitarist Danny Kustow expanded his riffs, which persuaded EMI to release the record.Tom Robinson talked to M about the secrets of 2-4-6-8 Motorway - the debut single by Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in 1977. Ed Sheeran dedicates his album outro to a lover who has blessed him with a unique experience that he seeks to describe through the song’s nuanced lyrics. The verse lyric came from having done cheap gigs around the country with my previous band Cafe Society, and driving back through the night from places like Scarborough and Rotherham. Although it seems like a straightforward song about the freedom of the open road in a long tradition of rock’n’roll songs, it has since been claimed that 2-4-6-8 Motorway has a gay subtext.

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