Brooklyn Bridge (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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Brooklyn Bridge is based the poem ‘Motorways’ by Joe Solo. I saw this on Facebook one day and asked him if he was happy for me to put it to music and writing lyrics for a chorus. He says he's happy with it and that's good enough for me!

My daughter, Katherine, plays piano on this track. We recorded it last year when she was 14 was her first time in a reording studio of course and I'm immensely proud of her.


Here's the original poem:


"Morning Mr Arthur, I've come to fix the fridge."
He said: "I've got a little magnet of the Brooklyn Bridge....
The ice cream went all mushy first
And nothing much survived.....
We brought it back from New York
When me wife were still alive.....
But where's me manners, sunshine
Would you like a cup of tea?
What do you say you're here to fix
The fridge, or the TV?"
I said: "I'm no good with tellies
I'm here to do the fridge."
He said: "I've got a little magnet
Of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Take no notice of me, son
Me mind's not what it was
I lose me way a lot these days
I know I do because
I hear me when I'm talking
But there's gaps in what I say
Like when the rain stops under bridges
As you drive a motorway

I hope the rain stops soon, son
The fridge man comes at three
Forgive me manners won't you?
Would you like a cup of tea?
You'll have to drink it black, mind
I've no milk in cos of fridge
I've got a little magnet
Of the Brooklyn Bridge....."


from Uke Town - Double Demo Album, released December 25, 2019
Words by Joe Solo, Chorus lyrics and Music by Phil Odgers


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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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