This is Just a Modern Rock Song (Pt 2)



Occasionally I like to think of what would be the most inappropriate songs to listen to in a hospital – especially when I was in hospital for what felt like a very long time last year, this kept me vaguely occupied and entertained. It’s also a (fairly morbid, admittedly) game I play at funerals…

 

When I was having radiotherapy, I was allowed to take in my music to listen to. This made everything feel much more relaxed, but was responsible for two of my favourite moments of the last year. The first was when I took Springsteen’s Born to Run in, and I came out of the machine on the line ‘pulling out of here to win’, and the second being when I realised that the song that was playing was Fade Away and Radiate by Blondie. Unfortunately, the day I took Belle and Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister in, the radiotherapy finished before the CD got to Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying… Lots of songs I like are about death (listen to Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron and Wine and Distant Sky by Nick Cave) for examples, none of which are particularly appropriate for a hospital! All come highly recommended though.

So, most inappropriate songs for a hospital? I think the Verve’s The Drugs Don’t Work has to be up there, as does the Smith’s Girlfriend in a Coma (as however much I dislike Morrissey’s persona, I can’t deny liking his songs!) Neither of these are particularly original though! I’ve made some of these songs into a playlist, but I’m always grateful for more suggestions! I’d especially welcome suggestions by artists of colour and women as my current list is very white and very male.

 

My favourite hospital related song is Accident and Emergency by Lucy Wainwright Roche – my dad sent me this when I was in A&E in Glasgow. It’s a lovely song, and an ode to the NHS – so very appropriate indeed! I’ve seen her live a couple of times and she tells the story behind the song in such an entertaining and heartfelt way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F72yDwnuNRY

 

Quarter to ten at the A&E
Where nobody thought they would need to be
Saturday night in the old country
And we come to you on our knees

Take us in, will you, will you
With the unlucky, the drunken too?
Take us in, will you, will you?

A blow to the head and a break to the foot
And a party of revelers turned mean and
A woman is red-eyed and reading a book
With a child asleep at her feet

Have you been here waiting long
With the others whose evening’s gone wrong?
Have you been here waiting long?

Quarter to three and the NHS
Has given our worries a bed to rest
Fluorescent lights and a handful of tests
Quick smile from the nurse on her way

Smile again, can you, can you
After all of the things you’ve been through?
Smile again, can you, can you?

Phone call breaks through
Still night, I’m sorry to wake you
We’re on floor two
Fulham Palace Avenue

Quarter to eight, I walk out on the street
And Hammersmith Station’s alive with
Sunday day shoppers who’ve risen from sleep
Just sure that today would arrive

Take good care, my friend, my friend
If there’s ever a hand I can lend
Take good care, my friend, my friend

Quarter to ten at the A&E
Where nobody thought they would need to be
Saturday night in the old country
And we come to you on our knees

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