The Mad Hatter’s Song is my favourite by Touchstone. They’re not a band I listen to a lot, but they’re very talented, and somehow they get so much feeling into this song it makes me weep for the city I used to live in.
It’s a dystopian song about London, about the apathy and desolate, crumbling landscape that could be past, present and future all rolled into one. It makes me sad because I love that landscape and it’s important to see the problems in the things that you love.
London Bridge is falling,
Carrion crows are calling,
Big Ben’s turned to rust.
The Cheshire Cat stopped smiling
‘cos the Queen of Hearts was crying,
their rhymes all turned to lust.
And they’re all mad hatters as their cockle shells shatter
and they don’t know who to trust…
My climate-fiction novel, Nimbus (volume 1 is currently under revision), is set in a post-apocalyptic London in 2030 which has been flooded and devastated by supercell storms. When I first heard the Mad Hatter’s Song, I immediately felt the emotions of some of my characters come through.
I don’t want to see a future like that for London but sometimes I feel it’s already there.
Anyway, here’s to a great song.