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Boy About Town Number 38: Away From The Numbers


Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann.

Most punk rock songs assumed that we had all been hardened by our upbringings, that we could fight our way out of trouble. ‘Away from the Numbers’ dared to assume otherwise. It suggested that the narrator – and by extension his audience – was used to being on the receiving end. It spoke instead to inner strength. ‘Away from the Numbers’ promised me I would be all right despite it all. It assured me that I’d get my own back on ‘all those fools I thought were my friends’, that later in life they’d moan ‘how they never had the chance to make good’. It became my personal anthem, my best friend and constant companion. ‘Away from the Numbers’ gave me the confidence to pursue my own path in life.

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