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lyrics by Jeremy Kidd, music by Hal Lewis

I hear the steeltown is closing down,
All the mills are rusting.
Everybody's got a new car,
With the redundancy money they pay.
Things are looking grim,
See the wolves, they're closing in.
It doesn't matter how I vote,
The same confederacy of fools get in.

Eh-arrumba sing a simple song,
Steeltown is closing down.

Steel is the backbone,
Of every modern nation.
Mills are closing down,
There's an end to moderation.
The pound is coming down,
Economy's inflating.
People on the streets,
It's the second industrial revolution.

Eh-arrumba sing a simple song,
Steeltown is closing down.
Steal away a steeltown,
Steal away a way of life.


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Ethereal and Haunting. I remember two kids writing and asking us to draw a diagram of a guitar fretboard showing where the harmonics were played in the intro. Shamefully I never replied. "Doesn't matter how I vote the same confederacy of fools gets in": Ain't that the truth.   JR

I remember doing this on Whistle Test. They had a decibel meter type thing which cut out the power if you played above acoustic level!   Matt

We played this on The Old Grey Whistle Test. The band was supposed to be picking me up at Woodall services, but something went wrong and I had to hitch a lift. A hippy in a Morris Minor used the sun instead of an A-Z to get me to the BBC. We drove all round London. I got there just in the nick of time.   Lou

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Steeltown T next to Charles Demuth's My Egypt.
My Egypt by Charles Demuth, 1927. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Steeltown was recorded at Fairview Studios, Willerby. The recording was engineered by Roy Neave and produced by Roy Neave and the Red Guitars.

The track was released in 7" (SCAR010) and 12" (SCAR010T) formats on Friday 22nd of June 1984 by Self Drive Records. Both versions had Within 4 Walls on the b-side.

The band performed Steeltown and Fact live on the BBC's Whistle Test on Friday 20th January 1984.


Steeltown record sleeve.