Sweet as a Nut Romford songwriter releases next single

PUBLISHED: 17:03 09 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 May 2016

John Dawson has just released his new song 'These Days' on YouTube and iTunes

John Dawson has just released his new song 'These Days' on YouTube and iTunes


The musician behind YouTube sensation Romford Song (Sweet as a Nut) – which has been viewed 73,000 times – has released his latestsingle about growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

Romford Song (Sweet as a Nut)

John Dawson, the writer of lyrics such as “the fountain and the brewery might have gone, but you’ll never stop the River Rom from flowing on”, is hoping his latest song will inspire people to enjoy themselves.

He said: “It’s all about just taking a step back and taking time to appreciate the simple things in life.

“When I was younger, we were on our bikes, out ‘till late and when you walked down the street you could hear the noise of children playing and life was good.

“It was better then before kids started sitting indoors all day with their heads down looking on their phones.”

John, of Lennox Close, Romford, penned his hit Romford Song (Sweet as a Nut) a few years ago, after a night out with friends and was surprised to see it gain 10,000 views in just five days.

Inspiration for his latest song, These Days came to the 53-year-old professional photographer, after he had a heart attack in the back of a taxi at Guy’s Hospital last year.

He features in the video playing the ukelele, harmonica and guitar.

John said: “It was after I had the heart attack that I decided to look at my life and write a song about my cardiac and life experiences.

“I was going to get someone else to sing the vocals as I haven’t got the best voice but people told me that because it is so personal to me that I should be the one to sing it.

“I wrote the Romford Song, because I was born in Romford, grew up in Romford and still live in Romford.

“It’s all I’ve ever known and people say you do need to write about what you know best.

“I write when I feel like it – I don’t try and push it because I do best when the lyrics aren’t forced.”

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