By Way of Introduction

This is an attempt to catalogue all proper names that occur in the lyrics of Robyn Hitchcock songs, from his time in the Soft Boys down to the present. When my own ears have failed me, or when I’ve been unable to review the song myself, I’ve turned to various online lyric websites, which means there are certainly transcription errors, wild conjectures, and outright omissions. As of this initial release (August 2019), it does not include any of Robyn’s liner-note stories, or the spoken interludes of Storefront Hitchcock.

The formatting is pretty straightforward: Name — Song (Album). Occasionally, you will see parentheses, like this: Kimberley (Rew) — Linctus House (Eye). This means that only “Kimberley” was mentioned in the lyric, not the whole name.

The names of people who are real (in one way or another) will link to a Wikipedia page or similar online profile, such as their official website, if any. This too is a work in progress, since I can’t be confident that I’ve caught every reference.

 

Leo? Jeff? Dennis?

 

 

Send corrections, amendments, screeds to:
leppo@letterspace.org