Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Frankie it’s Friday.

Can you dig another music competition? That’s what I thought.

I’ve still no voucher to offer (insert sad face) but why let that come between us?

This week I want to know what’s your favourite song about travel or which mentions travel?

Here’s mine.

Please include a video link where possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

Lines Must close on Saturday at Midday.


Madness – One Step Beyond

Last week, Capernosity & Function won my esteem with this entry (above) to the question of what song makes you dance.

He recalled:

“God be with the days when you were defined as a Rude Boy or a Nutty Boy depending on whether you had scrawled Madness or The Beat on your school bag, in marker.”

Nick says: Well done, Capernosity & Function and thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: The Record Spot, Dublin 2

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103 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

  1. Rosette of Sirius

    Ramblin’ Man by Lemonjelly from their most excellent Lost Horizons album.

    “John you’ve been on the go ever since you were born and I
    imagine few people in the world today have travelled as much
    as you have. Now why?”

    It’s just such a funky piece of music and I love as the ambient beat and dreamy tune builds up to our ramblin’ man listing out where he traveled to.

    Funny piece of trivia – about a third way thru, the first letter of each place mentioned spells “Bagpuss Sees All Things”


  2. goldenbrown

    I’m not a spotter but I do like an oul continental train trip now and again
    I’ll go out of my way to integrate one into the journey if feasible
    France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland…despite reminding me about just how poverty spec our own infrastructure is I love it, how if the train isn’t on that platform it’s almost always because you missed it because you were late. anyway…my first journey is on the T.E.E

    Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk

    a second stab to follow…

  3. goldenbrown

    more transportation…
    I’ve seen discussions on various boards droning on at length about it’s meanings etc.
    I couldn’t give a toss about any of that….for me it’s about a pretty girl next door that I’d love to ask out (yep I fancied a .gif bigtime) going thru her daily grind travelling to work with lashings of public transport infrastructure
    a great tune, which I think still sounds fresh and a great great video (possibly one of the smartest ever) which got me into the lovely world of Infographics

    Remind Me by Röyksopp

  4. A Galaxy Very, Very Near

    I’m going to pitch in with:


    I was never a fan of europop but I’ll always listen to this if it plays on the radio.


    Above the ancient volcanoes
    Slide your wings under the carpet of the wind
    Travel, travel, eternally
    Of clouds in swamps
    Of wind in Spain in the rain from Ecuador
    Travel, travel, fly to the highest heights
    Above the capitals, fatal ideas
    Look at the ocean

    Travel, travel, further than the night and the day
    Travel, in spaces unheard of by love
    Travel, travel, on the sacred waters of an Indian river
    Travel, and never come back

    * English translation may or may not be accurate! :-)

    1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      I used to enjoy playing that song to the Frenchies, cracks me up,
      ” if you pull me by the poney tail and ride me like a horse “

  5. Otis Blue

    An emigrant’s imagined journey.

    “Last night as I lay dreamin’
    Of pleasant days gone by
    Me mind bein’ bent on travelin’
    To Ireland I did fly
    I stepped aboard a vision
    And followed with my will
    ‘Til next I came to anchor
    At the cross near Spancil Hill”

    Shane MacGowan & Christy Moore – Spancil Hill

  6. CapernosityandFunction

    Thank you Nick. It is a great honour to have been chosen winner as a Gentleman as well as a Player.

    For this week I propose arguably my favourite grunge track. An underrated song in my view. Enjoy.

    Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song

  7. just millie

    America by Simon & Garfunkel

    A gorgeous classic that reminds me of my late teens and early twenties; a journey of self-discovery and joy and embarrassing mistakes, of travelling in France and Italy with friends, of smoking weed in a coffeeshop in Amsterdam, stumbling tipsily through the fog on the Charles Bridge in Prague, but, paradoxically, never once visiting America.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I used a couple of lines from this as an intro to an essay in school.

      “And I dreamed I was dying
      I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
      And looking back down at me
      Smiled reassuringly”

      I still have the essay somewhere.

  8. Otis Blue

    “Elvis outside of Flagstaff
    Driving a camper van
    Looking for meaning in a cloud mass
    Sees the face of Joseph Stalin
    And is disheartened…”

    Think Nick Cave fronting Pixies

    Protomartyr – A Private Understanding

  9. Niall

    “Man was not considered to be, considered to be fully grown,
    Has he not gone beyond the hills?
    has he not crossed the seven seas?

    Ladies,gentlemen, kick back and enjoy the chaotic genius of Gogol Bordello’s Wonderlust King

    1. Fergalito

      Love that guitar lick, love the Robert Johnson referencea – I think it’s the perfect representation of what Zep were at their heart.

      “Squeeeze my lemon baby, til the juice runs down my leg. Squeeze my lemon baby til I just can’t get out of bed”

  10. Bertie blenkinsop

    Paul Simon
    He’s going to Graceland, so he is

    If “losing love
    Is like a window in your heart
    Everybody sees you’re blown apart” doesn’t give you a little ache every time you hear it then I’m happy for you…

  11. Ben Madigan

    Coming down from Downpatrick
    Stopping off at St. John’s Point
    Out all day birdwatching
    And the craic was good
    Stopped off at Strangford Lough
    Early in the morning
    Drove through Shrigley taking pictures
    And on to Killyleagh
    Stopped off for Sunday papers at the Lecale District,
    Just before Coney Island
    On and on, over the hill to Ardglass
    In the jam jar, autumn sunshine, magnificent
    And all shining through
    Stop off at Ardglass for a couple of jars of
    Mussels and some potted herrings in case
    We get famished before dinner
    On and on, over the hill and the craic is good
    Heading towards Coney Island
    I look at the side of your face as the sunlight comes
    Streaming through the window in the autumn sunshine
    And all the time going to Coney Island I’m thinking,
    Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time.

    Van Morrison – Coney Island CCH

  12. johnny

    Kim Deal on covering Driving on 9, by Ed’s Redeeming Qualities.

    “They were totally different than anybody else,’’ says Kim Deal, who befriended the band right as the Pixies were on the ascent and later recruited Bradley to play violin with Deal’s next band, the Breeders. “They were really good at what they were doing, but there was a really cool amateur quality that was truly amateur. They were fun, too, sort of like the Pogues — but with more teeth.’’

    Driving on 9-original album version by Ed’s Redeeming Qualities

    Driving on 9-The Breeders.

  13. johnny

    Ag Criost an Siol by Sean O Riada
    (old irish poem/hymm set music)

    It’s an ideal and stunning fall morning in New England,farmers market and apple picking awaits,yeah yeah coffee and a spliff,with this arguably too loud,for this hour….ok,ok im turning it down…have a great one.

    Ag Criost an Siol by Sean O Riada

    Liam O’ Maonlai

    ..take’s me home,lock up your daughters,here’s……JOHNNNY…coming back soon,like a bad nightmare for some:)

    1. H

      Lol, just realised that I missed the competition for songs about travel because I had gone to France – hehe!

        1. H

          It was fabulous, the weather was lovely and the food was, and continues to be excellent – I’ve just had a pain au chocolat for my breakfast :-)

    2. Slightly Bemused

      Excellent choices, and I think and excellent reason, hopefully for excellent reasons.

      You remind me of another one, but a sad one. Next post.

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