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Lyr Req: Roots (Show of Hands)

Fidjit 19 Jun 08 - 04:01 PM
GUEST,Hon. Sec 19 Jun 08 - 04:08 PM
GUEST,Jon 19 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM
Fidjit 20 Jun 08 - 02:19 AM
Grab 20 Jun 08 - 08:35 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Show of Hands song
From: Fidjit
Date: 19 Jun 08 - 04:01 PM

Trying to get all the words down of this

Now it's been 25 years or more
I've roamed this land from shore to shore

etc.

Chorus

Sing. Haul away boys let them go
Out in the wind and rain and snow
We've lost more than we'll ever know
Round the rocky shores of England

Can anyone help with the rest?

Chas


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROOTS (Steve Knightley, Show of Hands)
From: GUEST,Hon. Sec
Date: 19 Jun 08 - 04:08 PM

Roots - Steve Knightley

Now its been twenty-five years or more
I've roamed this land from shore to shore
From Tyne to Tamar, Severn to Thames
From Moor to Vale from Peak to Fen
Played in cafes and pubs and bars
I've stood in the street with my old guitar
But I'd be richer than all the rest
If I had a pound for each request
For Duelling Banjos, American Pie
It's enough to make you cry
Rule Britannia or Swing low
Are they the only songs the English know?

Seed, bud, flower, fruit
They're never gonna grow without their roots
Branch, stem, shoots - they need roots

After the speeches when the cakes been cut
The discos over and the bar is shut
At christening, birthday, wedding or wake
What can we sing until the morning breaks
When the Indian, Asians, Afro-Celts
It's in their blood and below the belt
They're playing and dancing all night long
So what have they got right that we've got wrong?

Seed, bud, flower, fruit
Never gonna grow without their roots
Branch, stem, shoots we need roots

Haul away boys let them go
Out in the wind and the rain and snow
We've lost more than we'll ever know
Round the rocky shores of England

And a minister said his vision of hell
Is three folk singers in a pub near Wells
Well I've got a vision of urban sprawl
Its pubs where no one ever sings at all
And everyone stares at a great big screen
Over-paid soccer stars, prancing teens
Australian soap, American rap
Estuary English, baseball caps
And we learn to be ashamed before we walk
Of the way we look and the way we talk
Without our stories or our songs
How will we know where we've come from?
Ive lost St George in the Union Jack
It's my flag too and I want it back

Seed, bud, flower, fruit
Never gonna grow without their roots
Branch, stem, shoots we need roots

Haul away boys let them go
Out in the wind and the rain and snow
We've lost more than well ever know
Round the rocky shores of England


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show of Hands song
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 19 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM

Try this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show of Hands song
From: Fidjit
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 02:19 AM

Thanks Hons and John

Thats great.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show of Hands song
From: Grab
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 08:35 AM

You'll find the vid on YouTube.

Big mistake from SoH making that vid, by the way. To roughly quote David Knopfler from "The Bluffer's Guide to Music": "You know the video's finished when the end result looks vaguely derivative, and everyone in it looks awkward and out-of-place." This vid has the lot: cheesy blue-screen overlays of the lads playing against backdrops of pounding waves, those 70s colour-shift effects that Top of the Pops used to love, etc, etc.. Hell, they could just have filmed a single performance and used that, and the result would have been great. But no, they had to try for a pop video. Whoops.

Graham.


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