Thursday, 22 February 2007

SIGNS OF ODDNESS

The roads, avenues, closes, lanes and walks of Britain are now a miasma of signage: an ugly jumble of what is referred to a street furniture which furnishes little other than annoyance!

Amongst the clutter, however, there are always the odd amusements, like this sign photographed by reader, Jennifer Miller...


...and this one erected outside the church next door by someone with a healthy irreverence for the Lord and his servants!

5 comments:

Suzanne said...

Do you remember that song back in the early 70's that went:
"sign, sign, everywhere a sign,
blocking up the scenery, doing my mind...." and so on? Can't remember who sang it.
I also have a photo of an interesting sign (taken with my old camera...) that was being gobbled up by a tree. nature's revenge!

Brian Sibley said...

Thanks for this, SUZANNE...

The song was called 'Signs' (1970); it was by Five Man Electrical Band and these are the lyrics:

And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do
So I took off my hat I said imagine that, huh, me working for you. Woah!

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign.

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, he'd tell you to your face, man you're some kinda sinner.

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign.

Now, hey you Mister! can't you read, you got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't even watch, no you can't eat, you ain't suppose to be here
Sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside. Uh!

And the sign said everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all,
I didn't have a penny to pay, so I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said thank you Lord for thinking about me, I'm alive and doing fine.

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign.

© 1970, 2002 Five Man Electrical Band

Suzanne said...

Wow! Thanks Brian! I shall go & find that for my MP3 collection!

Scrooge said...

What a great set of lyrics ! They don't write them like that anymore. You'll be telling me next it was set to a real TUNE.

Suzanne said...

Yes, it was brilliant! I loved it because it appealed to the latent rebel inside me! Horrified my parents of course...