Songs in the Key of Locksmithery

Songs for swinging locksmiths: a possible mixtape or playlist for locksmiths

Songs In The Key Of Locksmithery. Image by Tomertu (via Shutterstock).
“Ask for a song and we’ll play it for you/England, Wales and Scotland too…” Image by Tomertu (via Shutterstock).

This post has been inspired by our previous one on missing house keys, and why we misplace the things. Shortly after creating this post, an obscure rock ‘n’ roll song sprung to mind:

The tune in question is She Can’t Find Her Keys by Paul Petersen from 1962. This was a US one hit wonder and one that didn’t register in the UK’s Hit Parade. In the song, she has a bag that would put Mary Poppins’ to shame. Yet she couldn’t find her keys.

The above song has inspired this possible mix tape idea with an eclectic range of songs.

Side A:

  1. She Can’t Find Her Keys, Paul Petersen;
  2. Take These Chains From My Heart, Ray Charles;
  3. Keys, Wallet, Phone, The Lancashire Hotpots;
  4. No Escape, Cabaret Voltaire;
  5. Brand New Key, Melanie;
  6. The Key… The Secret, Urban Cookie Collective.

In all fairness, we had to open with the Paul Petersen track. It is quite a funny track though pretty much of its times. Also fitting the She Can’t Find Her Keys mould is one of The Lancashire Hotpots’ original works. Taken from their Pot Sounds LP, this would have been complementary to our previous blog post.

From Sheffield, Cabaret Voltaire’s No Escape continues the captivity theme of Ray Charles’ number. It is also a rare cover version for Messrs H. Kirk and Mallinder. The original song was written by Sky Saxon of The Seeds.

Side B:

  1. Trapped, Colonel Abrams;
  2. Chains, Tina Arena;
  3. Watching, The Thompson Twins;
  4. If You’re Looking For A Way Out, Odyssey;
  5. No Way Out, Starship;
  6. 68 Guns, The Alarm.

For the second side, we look at songs suited to surveillance methods as well as locksmiths. In particular, The Thompson Twins’ Watching, which predated Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me by six months. Continuing the captivity theme is the late Colonel Abrams, and Tina Arena’s UK chart debut.

Finishing the mixtape off is one of The Alarm’s most celebrated songs. Though the song has nothing to do with locksmiths, the chosen name of the Welsh rock group is worthy of inclusion.

CPPM Locksmiths, 23 February 2017.