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July 12, 2013

The Five Day Week Straw People - Postman (1968)

This British band was composed of two session musicians, Mick Hawksworth and Jack Collins (born Jack McCulloch), and ex-member of The Attack John Du Cann for the sole purpose of recording a concept album written by David Montague and Guy Mascolo. Never expected to tour or last long, the three members were assembled in 1967 having never worked together. Collins, the drummer, showed up at the record session having never even heard any demos of the songs they were to record. That recording session, by the way, took place in a London classroom and lasted in total only four hours. It’s quite impressive what the trio was able to put together given their limitations. After finishing the album, the pseudo-bandmates decided to continue on as a hard rock band and named themselves Andromeda. Their one album as The Five Day Week Straw People was the only material ever released under that name, as they had ended the band the same year it started, 1967.

This song appeared as the fourth track on that album, which was self-titled and appeared on the tiny Saga label. As with the rest of the album, the song was written by David Montague and Guy Mascolo and featured a theme focusing on the daily life in London by the “straw people,” or, the working class. It featured lead vocals and lead guitar by John Du Cann, bass by Mick Hawksworth, and drums by Jack Collins. The album was recorded and finalized in 1967, but not released until 1968.

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The Five Day Week Straw People - Postman (1968)

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Lyrics:

I hope the postman brings a letter to me
I hope the postman brings a letter from Marie

Even though she’s far away
In my heart, she’ll always stay
I hope the postman brings a letter to me

Every day, every day, so patiently
Every day a letter from Marie

Even though she’s far away
In my heart, she’ll always stay
I hope the postman brings a letter to me

Even though she’s far away
In my heart, she’ll always stay
I hope the postman brings a letter to me

Oh, oh, postman
Please fetch me a letter

Oh, please postman
Don’t you forget her

And just because she’s far away
Want to hear from her every day
I hope the postman brings a letter to me

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