Tightrope

by Odgers and Simmonds

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Mrs Avery 04:07
Mrs Avery calls, says ‘come get your boy He’s lying in my garden like a broken toy My girl left town she’s headed west Mister you and me, we’ve got to clean up this mess’ I went straight over, got him in the car Gave him black coffee, put him in the shower Laid him in his bed like I used to do Went back to Mrs Avery to talk it all through Mrs Avery like stones we are thrown in the tide Together and alone we’ll ride and roam Til we get home Hey Mrs Avery. I’m sorry to say Looks like my boy got carried away It aint been easy for us on our own When there’s a part of the heart not fully grown Hey Mrs Avery, I’m not sorry to say Looks like my breath is getting taken away It can’t be easy for you on your own When there’s a part of the heart not fully grown
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Tyburn Tree 03:47
Tyburn Tree I was walking through London just yesterday Past the arches of marble down by Park Lane Saw a crowd of good people all gathered around And three helpless wretches they dragged on the ground I spoke to a tall man in the midst of the crowd And then I asked why the mob ran around He told me – we got us three thieves on the deck Gonna take to the lamppost and hang their poor necks When the wind turns the blood churns Under Tyburn’s tree But what did they steal, I asked him again To turn you to wolves on your fellow men My house and my work, my savings, my wings And all through the country they stole everything But should we murder and put to the sword? Bully and harass, condemn and contort? To resemble these bastards would make us the same They should live in the shade of our contempt and our blame So let them walk past you with eyes looking down These kings of sandcastles that washed to the ground Let them find work in the poor part of town On reckoning day they’re all Hades bound
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Deportees 05:16
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Factory 02:11
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Tightrope 03:01
Tightrope I’ve got the shivers, I’ve got the shakes Wake up in the night Feel like I’m drowning in a lake I’m on a tightrope Sharks on the left, snakes on the right It’s cold, this tunnel I’m in Got no chink of light, so dark I’m on a tightrope Just a little gust of wind Is gonna blow me over Just a little push, one little shove Took me off the tightrope You give me balance, you give me hope You keep me walking On this tightrope
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Stag Night 03:27
Stag Night Into the Bugle at seven o clock There at the bar is a forty strong shock Swaggering scoundrels like rooks on a wire Mouths hanging open for the drinker’s choir Give me brandy and dry Give me whisky or rye Give me all courage best Unholy water be blessed Had gin in the Crown, rum in the Lion Beer in the Bell, something to get high on If I get sick it leaves more room Out of the way boys, here comes the groom If I’m late for the wedding they’ve planned for a lynching Might as well join the French foreign legion Better not stop, I better not falter Best I can hope is drunk at the altar Careless or mad, maybe in love All of these things but I’m happy enough Married tomorrow, that’s what they say If I survive to the end of this day
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Brixton Hill 02:06
Brixton Hill It doesn’t get any better than this Brixton Hill looking for a kiss With every step my smile grows wide Knowing that soon I’ll be inside Walking up Brixton Hill, catching myself a thrill Blood is dancing in my veins Like a horse I need the reins Hunger, hunger, deep and strange Infects me now that I’m in range My baby lives on Brixton Hill I’m heading for her room My lady lives on Brixton Hill I’m gonna be there soon Now I’m there and she’s so fine Like some grape that’s on the vine Sweet it feels to be within Your room, your arms, your lips, your swing
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I’ll slip away gently So you won’t resent me I won’t turn on the light Gone before morn And the first rays of dawn Like a thief in the night Oh love my life Never knew you would be someone else’s I took you for granted I was enchanted I was lost in your charms That’s no excuse What’s the use When you’re in someone else’s arms Oh love my life Never knew you would be someone else’s I’ll try to forget We ever met That’s the best I can do But if he ever hurts Or deserts I’ll be waiting for you Oh love my life Never knew you would be someone else’s
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My Side of the Bed I know every grain of cotton on the sheets beneath my head I know every plain and prairie of the mattress on this bed I know every little story the pillow here can tell I know my side of the bed very well There’s a silent wall between us when you turn out the light So I watch the shadows flicker by the street lamp here at night If I accidentally touch you, your body turns away So I watch stars grow dimmer, hear things I can’t say I wish that you’d come over to my side of the bed I wish that you’d put down that book and hold me instead Over on my side of the bed Oh love hold on, oh love be strong Keep the embers burning Even low There’s a tiny little leaving that wasn’t there before There’s a little cigarette burn below me on the floor And unless you’ve started smoking or dyed your brown hair red Someone else is sleeping on my side of the bed
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Leaving in the Morning If you’re leaving in the morning for adventures far and wide The place that you were born in will be on your side You can wander the world, you can live and learn But you’ll return If you’re searching for the reasons, for the freedoms, for the peace If you’re climbing rocky mountains where all the clamour will cease Take a blessing from the ones who will always care And be there Fare thee well, fare thee well, sail across the sea Fare thee well, fare thee well, be safe in grace, be free As the seas flow and the winds blow and the years go to the face All the searchers and the exiles will find their resting place Let it be where the love is always strong Where they come from
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A new CD from The Men They Couldn't Hang's powerful songwriting partnership Paul Simmonds and Phil 'Swill' Odgers.Their first release as a duo since Baby Fishlips, (originally released under the pseudonym Preacher Jethro Brimstone and the Watermelon Kid) in 1999 and Folk At The Fortress, in 2002, this album brings together new versions and rare recordings of songs they have written for Liberty Cage, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and both of their solo projects. It also includes a new recording of Barratt’s Privateers with Paul Simmonds and Bobby Valentino joining Swill on vocals. G’damn!

The cover artist is Jacob Phillips son of Sean Phillips who did the artwork for The Men They Couldn't Hang 'The Domino Club' album back in 1990 and then went on to work with DC and Marvel creating artwork for Batman, Spider Man and Marvel Zombies to name but a few.

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Paul Simmonds and Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, songwriters from folk punk legends The Men They Couldn’t Hang, have been collaborating musically since the heady days of 1978 when their fledgling punk band Catch 22 supported The Clash twice during the infamous 16 Tons Tour.

Since those formative musical experiments, Phil and Paul have moved through many epochs; from founding roles in the Celtic folk punk explosion in early 80’s London, International rock infamy as TMTCH marauded through the gig circuits of the world in the late 80’s, stadium shows with Bowie, cultural trips to Egypt, and on into obscurity, penury and finally revival with a reformed TMTCH in early 2000.

This album is a hybrid; part retrospective, part tribute to key influences and part a kind of musical archaeology as it turns its way through all the various lesser known twists of their 35 year careers, taking in solo projects, duo projects, an unreleased musical and some right up to date unplugged performances.

Last April TMTCH concluded their 30th Anniversary year with another sold out show at Shepherds Bush Empire, just 50 yards from the squat where they had founded the band 31 years before. Phil Odgers continues to build his impressive solo career and will follow 2013’s acclaimed ‘Godforsaken Voyage’ with a new pledge funded album in 2016 after hitting over 100% of his target in 24 hours (www.pledgemusic.com/projects/swil).

Paul Simmonds was nominated in the Best Original Song category at the 2015 Radio 2 Folk awards and co-wrote the lauded ‘A History of Insolence’ album along with his partner the roots singer Naomi Bedford.

Despite the myriad of other projects, not to mention TMTCH, Phil and Paul have constantly returned to work on projects together for the very good reason that it works very well. This is a snapshot from their back pages…..

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released August 21, 2015

Produced by Pat Collier, Phil Odgers, Paul Simmonds

Publishing Credits
Mrs Avery - Cherry Red Songs
Tyburn Tree - Copyright Control
Deportees - Ludlow Music/Woody Guthrie Publications
Factory - Alfred Publishing
Tightrope - Copyright Control
North Country Blues - special rider music
Stag Night - Copyright Control
Brixton Hill - Copyright Control
Slip Away Gently - Copyright Control
My Side Of The Bed - Copyright Control
Leaving In The Morning - Copyright Control
Barratts Privateers - Fogarty’s Cove Music

Distributed by Cargo Records www.cargorecords.co.uk

Cover Artwork and Design: Jacob Philips


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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
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