Anthony H. Wilson

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St Anthony St Anthony, Please come round Because something is lost that cannot be found Talk to me of Albion of Anderton and of art Of the Arndale, Alan Turing, Acid House, Alexandra Park Of Bez the Buzzcocks the bouncing bombs And the beautiful Busby Babes Of Curtis, Cancer Christies Catholicism Crack and Kurt Cobain Talk to me of all these things and there’s one thing that’s for certain That I’ll see the face and I’ll hear the voice of Anthony H Wilson Dance Design Durutti Devoto, Development of a dirty Northern City De La Salle, Dignity, How in the end you hated all the pity Elvis Engels and ecstasy, And a girl called Emmeline And the hours that I spent watching you on me black and white TV From So It Goes To Sunday Roast, You’re enchanting, You’re endearing, You’re extreme I saw you with elephants hosing down some dwarves on black and white TV Factory fame financial muck ups, Poetic Form and The Fall The 4th of June 1976 at the lesser Free Trade hall Oh talk to me, Oh talk to me Of Gretton God and Granada And of Hooky and of Hannett, And how the fighting just got harder Hamlet Ibsen The IRA, Jesus Mary and Keith Joseph Joy Division, Judaism, The importance of the moment Of Liam, London, Lust for Life, Of Louie Louie and Linneas Banks Of Manchester, Music, Marijuana, Majesty, And Karl Marx Of night Clubs new bands New Order Oppenheimer, Orchesteral Manoeuvres in the Dark And all those topical Late night intellectual chat shows like The other side of midnight and After Dark Come and talk to me of all these things and there’s one thing that’s for certain That I’ll see the face and I’ll hear the voice of Anthony H Wilson That I’ll see the face and I’ll hear the voice of Anthony H Wilson Talk to me of Peterloo of praxis police and pride Talk to me of Pontius Pilot of Power, Corruption and lies Of the Queens and the queers and the quiet ones all shy and self effacing Just like Morrissey but not Mark E Smith or Shaun Ryder when he’s been free basing Johnny Rotten, Regeneration, Richard and Judy, And Vini Reilly That stupid yellow circular face now known simply as a smiley Righteous red rebellious ridiculous, down Rochdale and Regent road You see I want to hear the sound of the Salford soft boy moan Tony Talk to me in the sacristy of a school called De La Salle Of the poets preachers philosophers Tony, talk to me I’m feeling sad Of Saville, Shaw the Smiths Stone Roses, That smile so smug the swagger I want to hear it from the mouth of an honest Northern Blagger Tony talk to me of the Sex Pistols, Of Substance, The streets the sounds The sniffed and snorted stolen swigged multi million pounds Then talk to me of the Greatest ever Man United team Greg, Burns, Jones, Edwards, Robson and Roy Keane Was it Best, Law, Charlton, Stiles and Eric Cantona All the unknown Pleasures of the doubles and the Trebles, Incantations from the stars, Tony Talk to me half pissed, Talk to me half stoned Talk to me as a boy when I’m sat in my Fallowfield council home Talk to me on the telly, Then talk to me on the radio Talk to me at the opening of some arty farty show Talk to me of vision virgin victory and violence But don’t leave me sat in the Hidden Gem listening to the buzz of the silence And talk to me of Warsaw, Drug wars trendy flats within warehouses But when it comes to footy Tony – don’t talk to me about the scousers And all the Xray Spex, And all the X Ray tests, And X Ray therapies And all the X wife chats on XFM, The best youth worker I ever dreamed You’re me Yin and Yang, You’re me master plan of an independent Northern scene Talk to me of Yoric, Yonkers, Youth club banter, Yeats – come and talk to me Wilson Talk to Me, Yeats Talk to Me Zeitgeist talk to me, Tony Talk to Me Wilson talk to me, Zeitgeist talk to me Tony Talk to Me, Tony Talk to Me, Come on Talk to me Wilson talk to me Wont you talk to me, Come on talk to me Talk to me of all these things and one thing is for certain I’ll hear the Salford Cambridge tones of Anthony H Wilson Talk to Me


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