A hellhole? Elton didn’t think so.

We have to go as far back as 1974 to get a tribute from a major player pop star.

The song Grimsby is from the Elton John album Caribou, and below this we feature the lyrics and a link to a live performance of the song. It is a pretty dubious tune with ever so slightly dodgy lyrics, but it is heartfelt and there is nothing dubious about the connection between the star and the area.  Elton’s long time lyricist Bernie Taupin was born in Sleaford, grew up in Market Rasen and frequently visited Grimsby for giggles and kicks. Sadly, at least for the raison d’être of The Straw That Broke The Haddock’s Back, Elton’s classic ‘ Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ was also written about Taupin’s escapades in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the Rasen!

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As I lay dreamin’ in my bed
Across the great divide
I thought I heard the trawler boats
Returnin’ on the tide

And in this vision of my home
The shingle beach did ring
I saw the lights along the pier
That made my senses sing

Oh oh Grimsby, a thousand delights
Couldn’t match the sweet sights
Oh, my Grimsby
Oh, England you’re fair
But there’s none to compare with my Grimsby

Through nights of mad youth
I have loved every sluice in your harbor
And in your wild sands, boyhood to man
Strangers have found themselves fathers

Take me back you rustic town
I miss your magic charm
Just to smell your candy floss
Or drink in the skinners arms

No Cordon Bleu can match the beauty
Of your pies and peas
I want to ride your fairground
Take air along the key

Oh Grimsby, a thousand delights
Couldn’t match the sweet sights
Oh, my Grimsby
Oh, England you’re fair
But there’s none to compare with my Grimsby

Through nights of mad youth
I have loved every sluice in your harbor
And in your wild sands, boyhood to man
Strangers have found themselves fathers

 

 

 

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