Eastern boys and Western Girls

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The name of this song is West END girls. If you watch the video, you will notice that the singer has a lisp (and hardly opens his mouth) so it does sound like “Eastern Boys and Western Girls”.

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The lyrics were written in the early 1980s. The title and refrain refer to London’s divide between the run-down working class East End and the wealthy, consumer-driven West End.

The lyric “From Lake Geneva to the Finland Station” refers to the train route taken by Vladimir Lenin when he was smuggled by the Germans to Russia during World War I, and to Edmund Wilson’s book on the subject, To the Finland Station. There is further Russian Revolution imagery in the Bobby Orlando produced version of the single, which includes the line, “All your stopping, stalling and starting, / Who do you think you are, Joe Stalin?”; this line was removed for the 1985 version. Neil Tennant has a degree in history and his interest in Russian history is evident in many other Pet Shop Boys projects, such as their soundtrack to the silent film The Battleship Potemkin.

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