Suburbia



Smidgin of Snow – Nippy Night

Originally uploaded by idg.

What urban blog is complete without a tribute to life in suburbia? I should know. I grew up in a suburban hamlet of sorts known as the “East Bay”, just outside of San Francisco. The big difference in my memories was that there was no shortage of open spaces, everyone had at least one car and things got boring really easily out there…

This shot makes me think about that song by the Pet Shop Boys: “Suburbia”

Lost in the high street, where the dogs run
Roaming suburban boys
Mother’s got a hairdo to be done
She says they’re too old for toys
Stood by the bus stop with a felt pen
In this suburban hell
And in the distance a police car
To break the suburban spell

Let’s take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

Break the window by the town hall
Listen, the siren screams
There in the distance, like a roll call
Of all the suburban dreams

Let’s take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

I only wanted something else to do but hang around
I only wanted something else to do but hang around
I only wanted something else to do but hang around
I only wanted something else to do but hang around

It’s on the front page of the papers
This is their hour of need
Where’s a policeman when you need one
To blame the colour TV?

Let’s take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

Take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

Run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide
In Suburbia
In Suburbia
In Suburbia
In Suburbia
In Suburbia

The line “run with the dogs tonight” always manages to make me chuckle. The imagery of a wild bunch of teenagers roaming the streets with a pack of stray dogs is quite funny if you ask me.

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