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    'Sweet T'

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Many thousands of years ago, in the nineteen-eighties, a young Glaswegian called Tommy 'Tam' Campbell auditioned for the job of vocalist for Man At The Window. He got the gig and over the next four years proved to be an exceptional frontman and singer for the band.
His warm, melodious voice earned him the nickname 'Sweet T' and his charismatic stage presence exuded the confidence of the natural performer. Tragically, like so many who are at home in the spotlight, Tam was a less assured figure off-stage. After he left MATW, we heard disturbing rumours that he had met an untimely end, and as the years went by and no contact was ever established, we now have to regard those rumours as being well-founded.
Kyle and I wanted to feature him in a song, emphasizing the good times we all enjoyed while at the same time recognising that if you don't hang together, you may well hang separately.
There are a couple of little in-jokes that might be worth explaining. In the mid-eighties there was a song called "Broader Than Broadway" which was a substantial hit in the Reggae charts, although it had no impact on the mainstream. One of our most memorable gigs at that time was a performance in a place called Broadford, a beautiful village on the Isle of Skye. There were people literally swinging from the rafters that night and the buzz that was generated stayed with us all for a long time. So "Broader than Broadford" became our code for "as good as it gets."

Wherever you are Tam, JahBless. We miss you, man.

BigLove from Gerry+Kyle.

Lead vocal by Sweet G, Backing vocals by Sweet K and Sweet G.



"Sweet T" (Sweeter Than Sweet)

(Words and Music by Gerry Coogan & Kyle Robertson)

You sang a sweet song,
It come from your heart,
Driven by melody
While a discord nearly tore us all apart.

You'd hide in the spotlight,
Hooked on the dream,
The flaw in the concept,
Believing you were bigger than the team

Before the problems had begun
You brought a smile to everyone.

Golden days of innocence,
Believing we were kings,
We thought we could conquer anything.
And now with experience,
We all learned many things,
You got to stand by one another
'Cause we were all on the same side together.

You were no angel,
But neither was I
And so on reflection,
I say who were we to criticise?

Broader then Broadford,
Sweeter than sweet,
In the south of this city
A man learns to stand on his own feet.

And now when all is said and done
You thought you were the only one

Golden days of innocence,
Believing we were kings,
We thought we could conquer anything.
And now with experience,
We've all learned many things,
You got to stand by one another
'Cause we are all on the same side together.

You timeshared your women,
So many affairs,
Despite all the dramas,
I guess, all your lovers, they still care.
Sometimes when we're jamming
I feel you're still there,
And your spirit lingers
As if you're present somewhere in the air.
And now when all is said and done
Maybe you were the only one.

Golden days of innocence,
Believing we were kings,
We thought we could conquer anything.
And now with experience,
We've all learned many things,
You got to stand by one another
'Cause we were all on the same side together.

You don't get heavy with your brother
When you are all on the same side together.


(© Man At The Window 2007)
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Larry Killam
Enjoyed Da Listen Gerry WinkLOVE IT MANWink
  • November 25, 2015
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