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The Time Out playlist: your eclectic soundtrack to autumnal London

Posted at 3:00 pm, October 16, 2011 in Music & Nightlife

Autumn leaves © Time OutNow that we’re sure it’s autumn, it’s about time to embrace the blustery weather and golden leaves with some songs written especially for the occasion. Our 5 favourite London autumn songs aren’t all crisp days and chestnuts though, lest we forget that a month of grey skies is likely to be just around the corner. Sigh.

‘Autumngirlsoup’ – Kirsty MacColl sings this aloof, airy tune about comfort food and potential arson: ‘I’m an autumn girl, flying over London/With the trees on fire, it looks like home’.

‘Graftin” – Dizzee Rascal keeps it real in this track from his 2004 album ‘Showtime’. None of this glorious autumn business for him; we’re en route to the darkness of winter: ‘Sky looks grey in London city/We stay graftin’ cos we’re gritty!’

‘A Foggy Day (in London Town)’ – Billie Holiday recorded a typically poignant version of this Gershwin jazz standard, full of atmosphere and the low-key nature of this in-between season: ‘A foggy day in London town/Had me low, had me down’.

‘London Girl’ – The Pogues lament the chilly weather (although it provides a good reason not to leave the pub) in this lively sort-of love song: ‘The devil moon took me out of Soho/Up to Camden where the cold north winds blow’.

‘Autumn in London’ – Tony Osborne penned this classy composition while visiting the city with Connie Francis in 1960. It’s just the thing to soundtrack leaves drifting slowly down to the pavements.

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