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Thread #38479   Message #545867
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
09-Sep-01 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: PEL 'Freedom to sing' song
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: PEL 'Freedom to sing' song
I'll try and do that soonish.

Tine and words keep changing every time I sing it, several times at Walton Folk Festival over the weekend for example. That's how it should be, the internalised folk process, making use of memory lapses. (It's what Sydney Carter used to do. It drove accompanists mad.) (But Click go the Shears seems to be winning - I'm doing it without the guitar, because that tends to pin down tunes prematurely. Not that the tune matters too much in this case, it's a vehicle for the words, which do.)

Anyway, here are the current words:

I walked into a public house,
And ordered up a beer.
The landlord says "I'm sorry, mate,
You cannot sing in here,
The fella from the council,
He came on very strong,
I haven't got the licence
That will let you sing your songs."
So sing a song of freedom,
Sing it while you may,
With their rules and regulations,
See them taking it away.
Sing a song of freedom,
But sing it very quiet.
If anyone joins the chorus,
Then a licence is required.


"One of you or two of you,
Well, that might be allowed -
But if anyone sang along with you,
Well, that would be a crowd.
If I let you play your music,
I'll be sorry that I did.
As landlord, I could face a fine
Of twenty thousand quid."
So sing a song of freedom,
Sing it while you may,
With their rules and regulations,
See them taking it away.
Sing a song of freedom,
But sing it very quiet.
If anyone joins the chorus,
Then a licence is required.


Football on the telly,
That can make the rafters ring,
But if you try to sing a song,
That's quite a different thing
Folk or jazz or rock-and-roll,
Any kind of sound,
Reggae, punk or Mozart,
They do not want you round.
(So if you) sing a song of freedom,
Better sing it very quiet.
If anyone joined the chorus,
Then a licence is required.


Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free -
If you keep your head down,
They just might let you be.
Land of Hope and Glory,
Excuse me if I laugh -
If you want to sing a song,
Best sing it in the bath.
So sing a song of freedom,
Sing it while you may,
With their rules and regulations,
See them taking it away.
Sing a song of freedom,
But sing it very quiet.
If anyone joins the chorus,
Then a licence is required.

So sing a song of freedom,
Sing it while you may,
Though rules and regulations,
Might be standing in the way
Sing a song of freedom,
Sing it loud and clear.
Sing a song of freedom,
Let them know that you are here.