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As I Walked Out one Evening by W. H. Auden (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2009

Peter Szewczyk made this reading into a film - here it is on video http://vimeo.com/25287438
Auden wrote this poem in 1937, when he was 30.

"Lily White Boys" come form a song "Green Grow the Rushes, O" (not the one by Rabbie Burns). Ben Jonson makes reference to "roaring boys" and so does Tom O' Bedlam's song.

I couldn't find a picture of Bristol Street, Birmingham, but trams would have been running then. The photograph was taken by D J Norton in about 1950 of a street nearby.

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