In a 1970 song by his band, and in a 1972 solo song, he mentions two of his friends, Susie and Mike. Who is he, and who are they?
#101252. Asked by gentlegiant17. (Nov 25 08 5:14 AM)
This is Peter Hammill, the band was Van der Graaf Generator, the first song is Refugees and the second is Easy to Slip Away.|
"West is where all days will someday end
Where the colours turn from grey to gold,
and you can be with the friends
And light flakes the golden clouds above;
West is Mike and Susie,
West is where I love
Susie, I guess you're on your way to be a star,
but I don't know where you are: the only time I seem to see you is on TV
It's so easy just to slip away
Mike! It's a year or two since I've seen you
I might have dropped you a line if I'd had time
or the will
Still looking for who Mike and Susie were exactly.
According to a piece that appeared in MOJO magazine in May 2002, "Susie" is the actress Susan Penhaligon. "For six months I shared a flat with Mike and Susie, who are among my oldest friends."
Penhaligon's father worked as an engineer for the Shell oil company and was working in the Philippines at the time of her birth there. She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and, as a student, she shared a flat with soon-to-be rock star Peter Hammill. She is named in his songs "Refugees" and "Easy to Slip Away".
I can't get a handle on who Mike is/was.
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