4 Men Went To Ealing (DEMO)

from Uke Town - Double Demo Album by Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers

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    Originally intended as a project through PledgeMusic until they managed to lose all of my recording funds! This is double album of 18 tracks, including 3 special cover songs, on a twin CD set. All written or played on a Ukulele! Yes, you heard that right, a Ukulele! There are some other instruments on here too of course – Tom Spencer joins in on Banjo and Guitar, Geoff Price plays Lap Steel and Mandolin – and more there’s Ukes of course – James knight also play a Tongue Drum on one of the tracks!!

    In the main part these are demo versions of songs I’ve written or taken a shine too over the past year. I’ll be looking at picking 10 of these songs, developing them further and re-recording later for a ‘commercially available’ album at some point (which may include more traditional rock n’ roll instruments).

    This double CD is a very limited edition only available here and possibly at some gigs next year. It will not be made available for general release.

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about

This song came about as a result of The Men They Couldn't Hang last pledge campaign (just before Pledge took the money and ran). We offered a song writing workshop with Paul Simmonds and myself.

We rented a room in the back of the Drayton Court Hotel in West Ealing and I brought along a tune I'd been working on and, along with Geoff Earl, Andrew McCourt, Christopher Barnes, and Marvey Mills, we scratched out a set of lyrics which were pretty much based on the people in that room and the history of the hotel and local area.

Since then I've tweaked the lyrics a little and wrote a new final verse (which references several Ealing Comedies as well as Dr Who) but in the main this is still very much the heart and soul of what we came up that day back in October 2017.

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4 Men Went To Ealing

4 Men went to Ealing, October 17
The man who made the wheels turn
And the man who made them dream
One who spoke for people’s rights
One who kept them safe at night

4 Men went to Ealing
Home of the British Blues
Take a look around
You’ll see you know who
Alexis the corner
Rod in the hall
Gods on the wall

Down in the steaming kitchen
Dwells the ghost of Ho Chi Minh
From Pots and Pans to Vietnam
The worlds about to change

4 Men went to Ealing
Bombed out from the war
Land of Hue and Cry,
Go Go, Whisky Galore
In Survival
Doctor and Ace
Yeah, shot outside this place
Sarah Jane y’know
lives down in Bannerman Road

Down in the steaming kitchen
Dwells the ghost of Ho Chi Minh
From Pots and Pans to Vietnam
The worlds about to change

I’m walking down to West 13
I’m walking down to West 13
I’m walking down to West 13
And the worlds about to change

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from Uke Town - Double Demo Album, released December 25, 2019
Lyrics by Paul Simmonds, Phil Odgers, Geoff Earl, Andrew McCourt, Christopher Barnes, and Marvey Mills. Music by Phil Odgers

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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers London, UK

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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