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Lyr Req: Country Life (from Show of Hands)

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GUEST,MurkeyChris 11 Oct 04 - 12:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Country Life by Show of Hands
From: GUEST,MurkeyChris
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 12:40 PM

Hi guys,

Does anyone have the lyrics for the Show of Hands song 'Country Life'? I'm doing my dissertation on contemporary song in folk music and wanted to compare it to the traditional song of the same name.

Chris

'Cool as Folk' - my online folk radio show


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Subject: Lyr Add: COUNTRY LIFE (Steve Knightley)
From: rumanci
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 01:09 PM

COUNTRY LIFE
(written by Steve Knightley)

Working in the rain, cutting up wood
Didn't do my little brother much good
Lost two fingers in a chain saw bite
All he does now is drink and fight
Sells a bit of grass, hots up cars
Talks of travel never gets far
Loves his kids left his wife
An everyday story of country life

And the red brick cottage where I was born
Is the empty shell of a holiday home
Most of the year there's no one there
The village is dead and they don't care
Now we live on the edge of town
Haven't been back since the pub closed down
One man's family pays the price
For another man's vision of country life

My old man is eighty four
His generation won the war
He left the farm forever when
They only kept on one in ten
Landed gentry county snobs
Where were you when they lost their jobs
No-one marched or subsidised
To save a country way of life

Silent fields empty lanes
Drifting smoke distant flames
Picture postcard hills on fire
Cattle burning in funeral pyres
Out to graze they look so sweet
We hate the blood we want the meat
Buy me a beer I'll take my knife
Cut you a slice of country life

If you want cheap food well here's the deal
Family farms are brought to heel
Hammer blows of size and scale
Foot and mouth the final nail
The coffin of our English dream
Lies out on the village green
While agri-barons CAP in hand
Strip this green and pleasant land
Of meadow, woodland, hedgerow, pond
What remains gets built upon

No trains, no jobs
No shops, no pubs

What went wrong
Country life
It's a little bit of country life.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Country Life by Show of Hands
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 01:09 PM

Sound clip> but I'm no good at transcribing. Didn't find their lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Country Life by Show of Hands
From: GUEST,MurkeyChris
Date: 12 Oct 04 - 12:53 PM

Thanks Rumanci and Sorcha.

Chris

British Folk on the Radio


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Country Life (from Show of Hands)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 03:14 AM

Anyone worked out the chords? I'm struggling


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Country Life (from Show of Hands)
From: theleveller
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 03:33 AM

All in the Steve Knightley Songbook.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Country Life (from Show of Hands)
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 07:10 AM

All in the Steve Knightley Songbook.

Which one, theleveller?

A combined copy of volumes 1 & 2 is available (overpriced IMHO) at £20 from here.

Volume 3 (from which 'Country Life' allegedly comes) is more elusive, however. The link from Steve's myspace page goes to the above link, and other online book sellers appear not to stock it.

I don't want it myself, btw. Just trying to help out.


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