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"Crowded Room" is a song by Colin Moulding. It appeared on the 1978 album Go 2.

A live version appeared on the 2002 Coat of Many Cupboards box set.

QuotesEdit

Colin: “By the time we reached the end of our live set, all composure and willingness to err on the side of the tasteful, usually gave way to something a bit more animal. ‘Crowded Room’ was retained in the encore position for quite a long time to serve a basic human need to reach for the power chord.

“The song, I think, stems from the feeling of wanting to be somewhere else, other than where you are right now. I think, brought on by all the spitting all pogoing environments of our earlier gigs, not to mention the under-current of violence that summoned a lot of them. Munch's The Scream probably summed up my state of mind some nights, as we wrestled with an unruly crowd who just wanted to smash our faces in. It's a confusing song from a very confusing album where nobody knew quite what to do, so experimentation became the order of the day. Great if studio time is being paid for by a generous uncle, but this was Abbey Road and the experiments were too long and too fanciful for anybody, other than us, to pick up the tab. Hearing it this way, seems far more positive than the feeling I get on listening to its cousin on that difficult second album.”

Andy: “Same show as the above [see 'Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)']. Easy tune to play live, all those big power chords. Note, we stray into ‘Millions’ half the way through in a Mandarin Ming mystery jam (see ‘Things Fall To Bits’). Otherwise, it's heads down, no nonsense going for partial deafness in our mid forties.”[1]

LyricsEdit

Across a crowded room

I first set eyes on you

My vision was impaired

Obstructed out of view


By those faces in a crowded room

them bodies in a crowded room

their breathing in a crowded room

and their pushing me out

their pushing me out

their pushing me out

down the fire escape


In the crowded room

I won't touch too much

I felt the punch of a punch

The language was enough

To send me


Running from the crowded room

By those faces in a crowded room

them bodies in a crowded room

and their pushing me out

their pushing me out

their pushing me out

down the fire escape


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