|Spirit of the Times|
|song by John Taylor|
|Released||23 November 1999|
|Label||Cutting Edge Records / Avex Trax|
About the songEdit
This is an up-tempo pop song with distorted vocals, which features a hallucinogenic flavour. The lyrics include many references to Birmingham, the city where the band were formed in the late 1970s. These references include New Street, a location where Duran Duran performed at the Odeon in the early 1980s.
Other references include Bob Lamb, who recorded demo tracks for Duran Duran at his Mosley studios. The Saturday morning children's TV show Tiswas is mentioned, broadcast from Birmingham city center studios. There are two former Birmingham nightclubs mentioned, which are Barbarella's and the Rum Runner.
The album MetaFour includes a demo version of the song, which was originally called "Zeitgeist".
I've come from london town but you know it really gets me down I think I've done my time there and I really don't want to die there I've lived in paris france the scene of my first great romance black roadster on the driveway I thought I had arrived it's my life the spirit of my times the zeitgeist the spirit of my times the spirit of the times the spirit of the times you could say I've been an island man a rocky shoreline hard to land in india the caribbean my red eyes in time for sunrise it's my life the spirit of my times the zeitgeist spirit of my times spirit of the times spirit of the times spirit of the times baker man baker man bake me a cake bake me a cake just as fast as you can make it baker man baker man bake me a cake bake me a cake just as fast just fast as you can and now that I'm in hollywood I feel that here I'm understood there's fifty minutes to the hour and twelve steps to every ivory tower spirit of the times spirit of the times spirit of the times prefects from birmingham chamberlain's birmingham christ wasn't perfect he could have been from birmingham rotunda new street jasper carrot's birmingham tiswas rum runner swordfish up the alleyway steel pulse bob lamb's moseley inna birmingham underworld in our world minutes up the motorway barbarellas barbarellas barbarellas barbarellas barbarellas barbarellas