Jonathan’s Coffeehouse

(Words and music by and © Talis Kimberley, 2005)

Gold’s down by two points in London
Dow Jones is down by just one
Sterling’s held steady since Tuesday
And the third quarter’s barely begun
I’ll meet you at Jonathan’s coffeehouse
Trading commences at nine
We’re ten trading hours behind Tokyo and
All times are London time.

At the end of the seventeeth century
Just two years short of its close
We were thrown out the Royal for rowdiness;
We went for coffee at Jo’s.
We all met at Jonathan’s coffeehouse
Trading commences at nine
First on the left down Change Alley;
All times are London time.

Nineteen fourteen saw the War raise
A thousand of our  volunteers
Four hundred never returned from the
Stock Exchange Royal Fusiliers
We traded through most of the second world
War even when we were bombed
We just carried on in the basement
Our motto – ‘My Word is My Bond’

Gold’s up by three points in London
Dow Jones is down by just two
The Euro’s been rising all quarter
And the smart traders know what to do;
I’ll meet you at Jonathan’s coffeehouse
Trading commences at nine
We’re five hours before Philadelphia and
All times are London time.

Meanwhile at Jonathan’s coffeehouse
Trading commences at nine
Commodities just keep on rising, and
All times are London time.

Meanwhile at Jonathan’s Coffeehouse, oh!

All times are London Time.


A Little Bit About 'Jonathan’s Coffeehouse'...

"Why do I want to put a song about the Stock Exchange on this CD?" said Talis, sounding puzzled. Next month, Lehman Brothers fell. "Ah, THAT'S why you want to put a song about the Stock Exchange on this CD!" we all replied.


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