Lyrically Evocative (9)

Back to the poetic and very British Ian Dury for another evocative lyric. A track from the 1978 album ‘Straight From The Desk’. This was Dury’s take on the mean name-calling applied to slow learners and educationally ‘backward’ people at the time. By hammering home the point, he hoped to shame those who didn’t understand. At least that was how I heard it.

Here are the lyrics.

Just cos I ain’t never ‘ad, no, nothing worth having
Never ever, never ever
You ain’t got no call not to think I wouldn’t fall
Into thinking that I ain’t too clever
And it ain’t not having oen thing nor another
Niether, either is it anything, whatever
And it’s not not knowing that their ain’t nothing showing
And I answer to the name of Trevor, however

Just cos I ain’t never said, no, nothing worth saying
Never ever, never ever, never ever
Things ‘ave got read into what I never sad, ’till me mouth becomes me ‘ead
Which ain’t not all that clever
And it’s not not saying one thing nor another
Neither, either is it anything I haven’t said, whatever
And it ain’t not proving that me mind ain’t moving
And I answer to the name of Trevor, however

Knock me down with a feather
Clever Trevor
Widebrows wonder whether Clever Trevor’s clever
Either have they got
Nor neither haven’t not
Got no right to make a clot
Our of Trevor

Why should I feel bad about something I ain’t ‘ad
Such stupidness is mad cos nothing underfoot
Comes to nothing less to add to a load of old toot
And I ain’t half not half co there’s nowhere to put it
Even if I ‘ad I’m a bit of a Jack the Lad

Knock me down with a feather
Clever Trevor
Widebrows wonder wether Clever Trevor’s clever
Either have they got
Nor neither haven’t not
Got no right to make a clot
Our of Trevor

Also, it takes much longer to get up north, the slow way.

And here is Ian, singing them.

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12 thoughts on “Lyrically Evocative (9)

  1. Great post 🙂 I love this song, but then again, I love a lot of Ian Dury’s work 🙂 I do not know If I will be the first or last American on this blog post who will ask this question, but do you wonder If Dury is relating to Trevor as a man (first name) or the actress Claire Trevor (“Clever Trevor”). Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    1. I doubt it has anything to do with the actress, John. 🙂
      “Clever Trevor” was/is an insulting term, used here to humiliate anyone who did something stupid, and referenced people once called ‘retarded’ here. Dury was often insulted or patronised as a child, because of his disability from polio, and one of his other songs ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ is in a similar vein, as it was also common to call anyone with a physical disability a ‘Spastic’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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