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Fairport Convention – Angel Delight lyrics

John the Wood went out one day
To view the scene from a different angle
He stood and watched a child at play
A-tinkling on an old triangle
Dave the Drum who was passing by
Bought the toy with a coin he'd picked up
You should have seen the gleam in his eye
As he saw a? Tune he's gleaned up? Shined up
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Out in the rain if you want a cup of tea
Dodge the puddles in the yard
The lord of the land's coming round to complain
It's hard
The peacock flew to a very high tree
He didn't like grass or concrete fairies
Put me where the action is
I'd rather be with the next-door hairies
Simon spied the bathroom door
In his hand's a herb shampoo
Waiting for the waters raw
So little time, so much to do
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Stand in a line, take a book along
There's time for a game of cards
Now it's your turn and the water's all gone
It's cold
The next to appear was the. ..
He needs a rest or at least he says so
You probably think that he's flipped his lid
Cause he wears high heels and a snow-white trousseau
Five foot three yet he stands so tall
And on the ground his feet are never
Friends may come and friends may go
But the fiddle bill goes on for ever
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
The music room would make you grin
It's cold as a freezing pit
There's a hole in the wall where a lorry came in
Let's split
I quite like a breast of chicken
And I'm crazy about aspic and roast quails
But the sight to make my pulse rate quicken
Is a dozen nice fat snails
On the other hand, there's Pegg on the bass
Whose tastes in food are very much wider
You'll see a smile light up his face
At a couple of kippers and a glass of cider
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Stand on a chair if you want to watch the box
The fleas can jump a mile
Peer through the haze watching Top Of The Pops
And smile



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    Nigel Wassell
    Angel Delight was written about the period in 1970-1971, when Fairport were living communally at a former pub (The Angel) in the village of Little Hadham, near Ware in Hertfordshire. Most of the band members, their manager and producer are name-checked in the song. "John the Wood" was John Wood, producer, sound engineer and owner of Sound Techniques studios in London, where many of the band's classic albums were recorded. "Dave the Drum" was Dave Mattacks, the band's drummer, "Simon" was founder-member Simon Nicol, rhythm guitarist, after whose father's house the band was named, and "Pegg on the Bass" was Dave Pegg, "new boy" (at the time) and the band's long-serving bassist. "The Mighty Glydd" was Robin Gee who was managing the band at the time (see John Wood's sleeve notes to the "History of" album for confirmation). The identity of "the peacock" is obscure, but it might be Richard Thompson, who was still living with the band at the time, although no longer a member. The song was sung by fiddle maestro Dave Swarbrick, and some of the lyrics are written from his point of view (e.g. the verse beginning "I quite like a breast of chicken...") The line "there's a hole in the wall where a lorry came in" refers to the accident which terminated Fairport's occupancy of The Angel, when an out-of-control lorry crashed into the building one morning, demolishing one wall and narrowly avoiding killing Swarb.
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