Obviously, this song is about an incident that happened in a city somewhere, I would be grateful to anyone who could fill me in on when and where this happened. What seems to have happened is that “…round about midnight..the city went as black as coal” after what seems like a big power failure. Naturally enough, Hornsby would view this occurrence as occasion to celebrate some good times with the “Thousand people singing in the dark”. A reference in the song to a “landlord” cursing after the water tank burst in the back yard, suggests that Hornsby was in a pub at the time.
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