“The Wrong Road” written by Grant McLennan was first heard on the LP ”Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express” in March 1986.
Its a dark melancholy tale with dense lyrics that possibly relate to their early years in the UK. The first verse and chorus will give you a flavour for the overall feel of the song.
“A trader in furs living in exile
Boy, what a kook, look at that passport
Stale bread and paper without privilege
If you live here learn the language
When the rain hit the roof
With the sound of a finished kiss
Like a lip lifted from a lip
I took the wrong road ’round”
“We lived in London for almost six years. I shared a dark flat with a painter and then a comedian. The painter was obsessed with grey. The comedian loved Tommy Cooper. This song fits somewhere between these two things” – Grant McLennan
Grant McLennan died suddenly of a heart attack in 2006 and less than a week later Roddy Frame gave a live performance of “The Wrong Road” at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh on 12 May 2006. A touching and poignant tribute to someone he knew well from their Postcard Records days.