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Peaky Blinders



"Red Right Hand »



  Take a little walk to the edge of town

            and go across the tracks

           Where the viaduct looms,

           like a bird of doom

       As it shifts         and cracks

Where secrets lie in the border fires,

          in the humming wires

          Hey man, you know

          you're never    coming back

    Past the square, past the bridge,

         past the mills, past the stacks

         On a gathering storm comes

         a tall handsome man

         in a dusty black coat with

    a red right hand


         He'll wrap you in his arms,

         tell you that you've been a good boy

         He'll rekindle all the dreams

         it took you a lifetime to destroy

         He'll reach deep into the hole,

            heal your shrinking soul,

            but there won't be a single thing

            that you can do

            He's a god, he's a man,

             he's a ghost, he's a guru

           They're whispering his name

           through this disappearing land

           But hidden in his coat

          is a red right hand


You don't have no money?

He'll get you some

You don't have no car?

He'll get you one

You don't have no self-respect,

you feel like an insect

Well don't you worry buddy,

'cause here he comes

Through the ghettos and the barrio

and the bowery and the slum

His  shadow is cast wherever he stands

Stacks of green paper in his

red right hand


You'll see him in your nightmares,

you'll see him in your dreams

He'll appear out of nowhere but

he ain't what he seems

You'll see him in your head,

on the TV screen

And hey buddy, I'm warning

you to turn it off

He's a ghost, he's a god,

he's a man, he's a guru

You're one microscopic cog

in his catastrophic plan

Designed and directed by

his red right hand



Dictionary ENGLISH => French


hum : fredonner, bourdonner, chantonner


edge :  (the edge of town) aux abords de la ville


loom :  apparaître indistinctement (menacer au sens figuré)


doom : destin, perte


shift : déplacer, changer de place


wire: fil électrique, télégramme (US)


mill : minoterie (moulin), usine, fabrique


stack : pile, tas



wrap : envelopper


rekindle : rallumer, raviver



reach : atteindre


shrink: rétrécir


 whisper : chuchoter


disappear: disparaître


stack : minoterie (moulin), usine, fabrique


buddy : ami, camarade, copain



About the music :


“He’s a man, he’s a ghost, he’s a god, he’s a guru.”


So go the key lyrics of the “Peaky Blinders” theme tune — a song called “Red Right Hand” by Australian rock group Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It’s hard to imagine a better or more succinct description of the lead character, the charismatic Romani gang leader Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy). And the creeping, insidious feel of the song captures the murky, industrial world of early 1900s Birmingham, England, eerily well.

“Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight tells The Post that original idea was to use “Red Right Hand” in the show’s first episode, but he installed it as the theme because it fit the characters, settings, and subplots perfectly. “The lyrics conjure up our industrial landscape and the ‘tall handsome man’ could, of course, be Tommy Shelby,” he says. “Over the series we’ve played with what the ‘Red Right Hand’ could be. The words have played over communists shaking hands, and over the reveal that Sam Neill’s Chester Campbell has connections to the fighters from Ulster.”


But it might come as a surprise to fans of the show to know that the song wasn’t written to order, but first came out over 20 years ago.

« there’s an outlaw quality to the music that feels absolutely appropriate to ‘Peaky Blinders.’”


“The music is peerless, the words magnificent,” adds Knight. “[Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds] add so much poetry and magic and complexity to our series. As Cillian Murphy observed, there’s an outlaw quality to the music that feels absolutely appropriate to ‘Peaky Blinders.’”

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