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Amsterdam!!! by thatcherberry on 11 May 2005 5:48pm
I recently went to Amsterdam and although for most crazy globe trotters it might seem a little close and safe to home, i'll have you know that there are plenty of weirdo's there. It was brilliant. i saw Anne Franks house and a windmill and the red light district. i would recomend it (not the red light district, unless you are into that sort of thing, which i want to make clear i am not) it was great.
Re: Amsterdam!!! by sminobe on 11 May 2005 6:36pm


sorry, I panicked...
Re: Amsterdam!!! by Wild in Africa on 9 June 2005 11:59am
There is a very atmospheric song by Jacques Brel called 'Amsterdam' which really describes this fascinating city in graphic detail. David Bowie did a cover version I think in about 1973 as a B side to one of his big hits. These are the lyrics:

Artist: Jacques Brel

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who sings
Of the dreams that he brings
From the wide open sea

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who sleeps
While the riverbank weeps
With the old willow tree

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who dies
Full of beer, full of cries
In a drunken down fight

And in the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who's born
On a muggy hot morn
By the dawn's early light

In the port of Amsterdam
Where the sailors all meet
There's a sailor who eats
Only fishheads and tails
He will show you his teeth
That have rotted too soon
That can swallow the moon
That can haul up the sails
And he yells to the cook
With his arms open wide
Bring me more fish
Put it down by my side
Then he wants so to belch
But he's too full to try
So he gets up and laughs
And he zips up his fly

In the port of Amsterdam
You can see sailors dance
Paunches bursting their pants
Grinding women to paunch
They've forgotten the tune
That their whiskey voice croaks
Splitting the night with the
Roar of their jokes
And they turn and they dance
And they laugh and they lust
Till the rancid sound of
The accordion bursts
Then out to the night
With their pride in their pants
With the slut that they tow
Underneath the street lamps

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who drinks
And he drinks and he drinks
And he drinks once again
He drinks to the health
Of the whores of Amsterdam
Who have promised their love
To a thousand other men
They've bargained their bodies
And their virtue long gone
For a few dirty coins
And when he can't go on
He plants his nose in the sky
And he wipes it up above
And he pisses like I cry
For an unfaithful love
In the port of Amsterdam
In the port of Amsterdam

Re: Amsterdam!!! by perfectbitch on 9 June 2005 8:57pm
I first heard this sung by Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers, circa 1966. It widened my appreciation of contempory music. Brel wrote loads more. I have visited the city a couple of times and it's still just as seedy but not so grey.
Re: Amsterdam!!! by JF on 9 June 2005 11:15pm
The only Amsterdam song I can remember is the one that goes:

I saw a mouse
There on the stair
There on the stair, right there
A little mouse with clogs on
Well I declare
Going clip-clippity-clop on the stair

Viewers of a certain age may remember it.

And now, of course, having typed some of the lyrics, I can't get the damn thing out of my head.

Re: Amsterdam!!! by perfectbitch on 9 June 2005 11:29pm
And, JF, that old Bygraves Classic..."When it's Spring again, I'll bring again, tulips from Amsterdam." Can't you just hear that nasal whine that irritates so? he he Linz
Re: Amsterdam!!! by jim on 14 June 2005 2:28pm
Apart from a day trip in 1976,I've been meaning to visit Amsterdam for years.Maybe I should visit somewhere nearby/easy to get to instead of spending hours sitting in Airports and on Planes.
Re: Amsterdam!!! by Ken Dunn on 14 March 2007 8:08pm
We've been to Brugge, Belgium and Amsterdam for a 5 day break and just got back yesterday. What amazed me most was the fact that the Belgians speak Dutch in the North of the country, french in the south and German in the east and Flemish, as far as I can remember, is the local language. most people we met understood and spoke English.
We went by the overnight ferry from Rosyth, Scotland to Zeebrugge and enjoyed out time in the Belgian coastal towns with their huge sandy beaches.
It was interesting in the Netherlands to see some old working windmills dwarfed by the big wind farm structures that are used to generate electricity.
The architecture in the centre of Brugge was spectacular and Amcterdam was a busy city.
We had great weather and 5 minutes after we arrived home in Scotland the rain started!
Re: Amsterdam!!! by Blairhoyle on 15 March 2007 5:00pm
been to the Dam five times - weekend aways etc and yeah I have to agree there are a few weirdo's over there - "coca coca" you just reply to them that you have your own and they bugger off.
Re: Amsterdam!!! by Blairhoyle on 19 March 2007 9:46am
In Amsterdam just now and the snow is falling - hope it doesn't get too heavy heading up to Tromso, Norway.

-5 and snow lying 6 inches deep - quality
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