Black-roof country, no gold pavements
"no gold pavements" - the folk-myth, now largely discredited, that Britain's richest city, London, is so rich that the streets a\re paved with gold. Believed to originate with the mediaeval myth of Dick Whittington, who with his cat arrived penniless in London and rose to become lord Mayor. Thousands upon thousands of people have moved to London from outside in search of a better life where the pavements are in one form or another made of gold. The vast majority are dissillusioned very quickly. The song is about people moving to London to seek their fortune and find a sort of magic only to discover the reality is bleak. But it doesn't stop them hoping.