THE SKIDS – “Into The Valley” / “T.V. Stars” (Virgin VS241) January 1979

“Into the Valley” is a 1979 single by Skids, taken off their Scared to Dance album, and is their best known song, appearing on a number of punk rock and Scottish music compilation albums.

It reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 24 March 1979. It was written by Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson.

The song’s lyrics are notoriously unintelligible owing to Jobson’s diction. This has been sent up in a television advertisement for Maxell audio cassettes which features printed (incorrect) “translations” of the words. The chorus, often misquoted, is actually “Ahoy! Ahoy! Land, sea and sky”.

Jobson has said that the lyrics were written about the recruitment of Scottish youths into the army and more specifically about a friend who had been killed whilst on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland.

Local legend still persists that the valley mentioned is a reference to High Valleyfield, known locally as “the Valley”, a village with a reputation for “mini warfare” between its residents and those of nearby towns and villages (namely Torryburn, Rosyth, Oakley and Inverkeithing), near Skids’ home town of Dunfermline.[citation needed]

Inspiration may also be the 1971 film The Last Valley, starring Michael Caine and with a theme scored by John Barry. (wiki)

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