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Fan Rewrites Kingston Town in Honour of Blues
Wednesday, 10th Nov 2021 14:42

Town fan Jon Moxon has written a version of Lord Creator’s Kingston Town dedicated to the Blues, featuring artists who have played with UB40, David Gilmour, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry among others.

Jon, who first attended Portman Road in 1982, standing on a milk crate in Churchman’s, told TWTD how the idea came about.

“In May this year I was on a sleeper train to Scotland and unable to sleep,” he recalled.

“I’d recently heard a recording of Kingston Town by Lord Creator and the tune was stuck in my head. Being a Town fan for over 40 years, I made the very natural progression of replacing ‘Kingston’ with ‘Ipswich’.

“The lyrics of the first verse seemed a good fit: ‘There are wonders for everyone, there is magic in Ipswich Town’.

“I set about adapting further lyrics and, by the time the train arrived in Glasgow, I had a version of the song that I thought was worth sharing.


“I rehearsed the song a few times with my sons as we walked along Hebridean roads, then sent the new lyrics to my friends at the Kentish Town Ipswich Town Supporters and Families Association (KTITSFA) for feedback. The comments were positive and led me to give a very imperfect rendition of the song at a London pub during the summer.

“In order to extend the reach of the song I spoke with friend and singer Louise Marshall to see if she would make a recording.

“Louise has worked with, among others, Beverley Knight, David Gilmour, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Eric Stewart, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Sam Brown, Russell Watson, Steve Winwood, Paul Young, Don Blackman, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, and has also toured with Jools Holland and Roxy Music, and performed regularly with the BBC Big Band.

“Not only did Louise agree, she was able to use her music industry connections to bring in Don Chandler of UB40 to play bass and renowned producer Geoff Gascoyne to mix the track.”

Architect Jon, who moved to the North Stand as a teenager and now joins son Laurie and other KTITSFA members in Block M of the Magnus Group West Stand, hopes the song might take off on the Portman Road terraces.

“I feel the timeless melody and adapted lyrics combine to provide a song that is hopeful, emotive and uplifting, yet tinged with nostalgia,” he said.

“The song is also unique to our club and has anthemic, crowd-pleasing potential, as evidenced by video footage of UB40 concerts of the 1990s where crowds of 30,000 sang along to a cover version of Lord Creator’s composition.”

Kingston Town by Lord Creator

The night seems to fade
But the moonlight lingers on

There are wonders for everyone (woh)
The stars shine so bright
But they're fading after dawn

There is magic in Ipswich Town

Oh Ipswich Town

The place I long to be

If I had the whole world

I would give it away

Just to see the boys in blue

When we are kings

Surely we will rule the East

And the West and everywhere (yeah)
When we are kings
And the Town rule this land

We'll be waiting in Ipswich Town

Oh Ipswich Town

The place I long to be

If I had the whole world
I would give it away

Just to see the boys in blue

When we are kings

Surely we will rule the East

And the West and everywhere (yeah)
Now we are kings
And the Town rule this land

We'll be waiting in Ipswich Town
We'll be waiting in Ipswich Town
We'll be waiting in Ipswich Town

Published by Sparta Florida Music Group, lyrics adapted by Jon Moxon


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bugblatter added 14:49 - Nov 10
Great stuff and a nice pronouncition of Tow-en in there! too!
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SpiritOfJohn added 14:58 - Nov 10
Typical. You wait forty years for a new Town recording and then two come along at once ;)
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SpiritOfJohn added 15:01 - Nov 10
Oops! That should say a 20 year wait - I forgot about Singing the blues...
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Bluearmy71 added 15:15 - Nov 10
Not for me I'm afraid, no disrespect to all involved in recording it, it just doesn't hit home for me!!
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Kropotkin123 added 15:17 - Nov 10
Nice start to my morning. Loving the feel-good factor around at the moment
4

PositivelyPortman added 15:32 - Nov 10
I don’t like the lyrics, the voice, the production or the keyboard sound.
Apart from those points mentioned, it’s awful.
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farkenhell added 15:48 - Nov 10
PositivelyPortman - I like the juxtaposition of your username and your comment!
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Blocker123 added 16:10 - Nov 10
PositivelyPortman… that made me laugh!😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣
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dirtydingusmagee added 16:50 - Nov 10
nice try but a bit weak and wussy [pardon the expression ]
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Aussieblue added 17:54 - Nov 10
Really....
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Northstandveteran added 18:14 - Nov 10
Someone's had a rummage through their loft and found their Casio Christmas pressie from 1982.
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borge added 18:27 - Nov 10
It is a bit Casio keyboard-esque but it is eminently singable and I think he is onto something. Definitely something that could be adopted (if not that recording).
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Kickingblock added 18:54 - Nov 10
It's not going to get the supporters whipped up into a frenzy, or strike fear into the opposition, but I would not object to it being played at Portman Road.
Top marks for the time and effort etc.
No song is going to get the thumbs up from the cross section of people who attend home matches.
Still, it gives some people something else to moan about. An "on topic" song should be the least of their worries.
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bobble added 19:54 - Nov 10
without the original piano this tune sounds hollow.
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Marcus added 22:31 - Nov 10
It's ok. Just feels as if it lacks a the 'attitude' of the original. Feels a bit too much backing vocals. As a track if could work, always open to new ideas!
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CraigEdwards added 02:37 - Nov 11
I don’t like it! I love it
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runningout added 13:03 - Nov 11
We’ll need to shorten it but could be a goer
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Beattiesballbag added 16:58 - Nov 11
She has a good voice, sounds well made .......shame about the lyrics.
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uefa1981 added 13:08 - Nov 12
Never really liked UB40
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