A songwriter inspired by the Nottingham tram system has filmed a pop video in Hucknall to accompany the tune.
Busking musician Brian Lund recorded ‘Long Long Gone’ with old school-pal Richard Williams as double act Brian and Rich, in Richard’s West Bridgford studio.
Another old friend from South Wolds School in Keyworth, Rob Inglis, pitched in to shoot a video with his pal John Perring.
Brian said: “Long Long Gone basically came as a result of the Nottingham tram extension, as I idly wondered what was at the end of each line. Thus, Hucknall got Lord Byron, Clifton had Jake Bugg, and Beeston Bendigo. Then it was just a case of putting the words to music - not sure which came first! We did the video on April 12th, and Rob had it ready a week later. The ‘dancers’ in the film just appeared from nowhere, but we thought they added to the experience!”
The video, subtitled ‘a tale of romance, historical research and trams’, starts in Nottingham’s market square before following actors Jen Conway and Nathan Hart on the tram to Hucknall where the Byron Cinema makes a cameo appearance. The lyrics in the first verse detail a search for Lord Byron, before the chorus tells us he was ‘long gone - off to the war out in Greece.’
The song can be found on Youtube by searching for ‘Brian and Rich - Long Long Gone’. Richard is also in a band called ‘The Forgeries’, while Brian regularly busks in Nottingham.