Latin Quarter - Modern Times


Feel that wet concrete through the seat of your jeans
No cab-fare, just the cold air
You're a man without means.
A bank roll lighter and light years older
Someone's hand was in your pocket
While they cried on your shoulder.

Don't stare at that man in the tropic white suit, ah!
He may mop his brow but he's liable to shoot yah!
He's no Peter Lorre, he's no merry prankster,
He'll help you to find out
Why they put "angst" into "ganster".

Seaport September, a night to remember
Bad Luck is no exclusive club
They just make you a member.

Sometimes it's easy to forget where you are
When Marseilles seems just a day away
Before this Singapore bar.
Asking a Joe, does he know somewhere finer
Then a blow up and your show up
On a slower boat to China.

And a head that might be yours
Is aching on a lower bunk
Did you really set to sea
To be a sailor on this junk?

Song Description

A sailor sits on the wet concrete, wishing he had cab fare. Last night someone cried their eyes out on his shoulder, then picked his pockets. Don’t stare at the man in the white suit like that! He might wipe the sweat from his brow, but this isn’t a scene from a film with Peter Lorre. He’s got it in for you and he’s not joking. He’s going to teach you what the word “angst” in gangster means. Sometimes you forget where you are. Yesterday you were in Marseilles, today it’s Singapore. You ask someone if he knows of a better job, but you draw a blank. You end up on a slow boat to China and you head is spinning. Did you really become a sailor to end up in this shit?


  • AStudio Version (3:18)
  • BStudio Version (2:48)

Appears On

Latin Quarter - Modern Times

Latin Quarter - Modern Times


AStudio Version

Latin Quarter - America for Beginners

Latin Quarter - America for Beginners (RHDP 110)

7" Double Pack Single

AStudio Version