Crawling up a Hill

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Crawling up a Hill

Crawling Up a Hill is a song written and recorded by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The song was released as a studio recorded single in 1964.
It was also Katie’s third single which reached number 25 in The UK singles chart during 2004, it was also the final release from the ‘Call Off The Search’ Album.

The music Video for Crawling Up A Hill features Katy busking in various locations.

Tracklist:

    1. Crawling up a Hill
    2. Crawling up a Hill (Live Version)
    3. Jack’s Room

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Release Year: 2004 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCDS0007

Promo Video

CD Booklet Text:

All tracks arranged and produced by Mike Batt

Design by Stylorouge

Writers: Track 1 & 2 John Mayall
Track 3 Melua/Batt

Publishers: Track 1 & 2 Tro Essex Music Ltd. Melua Music
Publishing Ltd/Sony ATV Music Publishing (UK)

01. Crawling up a Hill

Every morning (a)bout half past eight,
My Mummer wakes me says,
“Don’t be late”,
Get to the office, tryin’ to concentrate,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

So I stop one day to figure it out,
I’ll quit my job without a shadow of a doubt,
To sing the blues that I know about,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Minute after minute,
Second after second,
Hour after hour goes by,
Working for a rich girl,
Staying just a poor girl,
Never stop to wonder why.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene Iüm gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Every morning (a)bout half past eight,
My Mummer wakes me says,

“Don’t be late”,
I get to the office, tryin’ to concentrate,
My life is like a slow train crawling up a hill.

So I stop one day to figure it out,
I’ll quit my job without a shadow of a doubt,
To sing the blues that I know about,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill.

Minute after minute,
Second after second,
Hour after hour goes by,
Working for a rich girl,
Staying just a poor girl,
Never stop to wonder why.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene I’m gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
Life is just a slow train.

So here I am in London town,
A better scene I’m gonna be around,
The kind of music that won’t bring me down,
My life is just a slow train crawling up a hill

02. Jack’s Room

Sunday, and mum was cleaning up jack’s room
I could call it, the beginning of this household’s doom
After knowing her son for 18 years, she did not expect to find these items here.
In jack’s room, behind the cupboard, she finds pretty stockings & dresses & heels.
In jack’s room, behind the cupboard she finds pretty dresses & heels.

Down the stairs in a confused state of mind.
Mother tells dad, our son has something to hide
As he follows her back up to jack’s room
Really not knowing what to presume.
In jack’s room behind the cupboard
They find pretty stockings & dresses & heels
In jack’s room behind the cupboard, they find pretty dresses & heels.

And now jack is walking home
Thinks there is nothing wrong

He even stops to buy some flowers
For his dearest folks, cause they’re such a joke
They want to clean his room for hours

And now jack’s in a confused state of mind
Mother asks him, he doesn’t know how to reply
Then dad suddenly, goes bright red
And says, ive got something to confess
In jack’s room behind the cupboard
They’re my pretty stockings & dresses & heels
In jack’s room, behind the cupboard
They’re my pretty dresses & heels.

In jack’s room, behind the cupboard
They’re my pretty stockings & dresses & heels
In jack’s room, behind the cupboard
They’re my pretty dresses & heels

Rating: ★★★★★
Citylife.co.uk

It’s hard to imagine the youthful Katie Melua having had the experiences which would normally inspire such a blues-tinged lament about the complexities of modern living.

Her life is like a “slow train crawling up a hill”, she sings, even though she is of a generation which is more often seen in a Smart car or on a scooter.

Thankfully, Melua’s undeniable vocal talent means that she is more than able to pull off yet another sublime piece of lounge bar jazz. Packaged alongside a full complement of similarly stunning musicians, Crawling Up A Hill is a punchy modern classic.

Rating: ★★★★★
The Beautiful Busker

Katie Melua performs “Crawling Up A Hill”, penned by Blues legend John Mayall, with bags of verve & the bonus of a Live Version recorded at Fairfields Hall, Croydon ensures you are soon singing along.

The inclusion of a quirky track, “Jack’s Room”, penned by Katie & Mike Batt is another plus with a great harmonica riff in the mix & an unusual tale to tell.

For me the highlight is the brilliant video for “Crawling Up A Hill”, with a great story-line & cleverly filmed footage in New York & London. I worked for over ten years in London & never saw such a beautiful busker as featured in this video!!!