Kirsty MacColl

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By Adrian Autton

On 12th August 2001 a plaque was unveiled on a memorial bench in Soho Square to commemorate the singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. (1959-2000). The plaque includes the lyrics "One day I'll be waiting there / No empty bench in Soho Square" taken from the song Soho Square, which appears on the 1994 album Titanic Days. The bench was purchased by her fans and every year on the Sunday nearest to MacColl's birthday (10 October), they hold a gathering at the bench to pay tribute to her and sing her songs

Full lyrics of Soho Square -

Your name froze on the winter air
An empty bench in Soho Square
Forgotten now I turn away
Just save me for a rainy day
But don't be sorry, I don't want to hear it baby

My feet froze in the winter chill
I knew I'd probably get ill
But I was praying we could fill an empty bench and still
You're so sorry but I don't want your pity baby

It's all yours now please don't tease
The pigeons shiver in the naked trees
And I'll do anything but please don't hurt me
Just kiss me quick 'cos it's my birthday
And I feel so small I don't know why but no I'm not too old to cry

An empty bench in Soho Square.
If you'd have come you'd have found me there
But you never did 'cos you don't care and I'm so sorry baby
I don't mind loneliness too much but when I met you I was touched
And that was good enough for me but do we always have to be sorry
Why can't we just be happy baby?

One day you'll be waiting there, no empty bench in Soho Square
And we'll dance around like we don't care
And I'll be much too old to cry
And you'll kiss me quick in case I die before my birthday

One day you'll be waiting there, no empty bench in Soho Square
No I don't know the reason why I'll love you till the day I die
But one day you'll be waiting there
Come summertime in Soho Square
And I'll be painting stars up in the sky
Before I get too old to cry before my birthday
I hope I see those pigeons fly before my birthday
In Soho Square on my birthday

This page was added by Adrian Autton on 21/05/2010.
Comments about this page
Awww jeaz! I know too well about the ankle rolling fall. In the late spnirg I was out garage saling having the time of my life at a giant yearly annual community sale. Meaning house after house of yard sales. A little over half way through I am walking downhill to another block and all of a sudden I am on the ground. My right knee took it the worst and to top it off I fell in front of a big group of other people shopping. Thank God my man and I turned back to head to the vehicle as my knees hurt and were bleeding and I was also embarrased out of my tree. As soon as the spectators were gone tears ran down my cheeks. The weird thing is I still have a darn slight mark on that damned knee. I glad to hear you are okay! And yes get rid of the shoes if you think they were the problem. No need to harm our body for the sake of fashion. lol You look very good in that dress and I just love its small floral print.
By Dennis
On 23/01/2016

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