Mrs Avery

from Tightrope by Odgers and Simmonds

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A re working of the track which first appeared on the 2008 TMTCH album ‘Devil on the Wind’. This version features added vocals from Paul and pedal steel from Geoff Price. We’ve left on Nick Muir’s lovely piano and Bobby Valentino’s trademark violin. It’s an imagined sequel to the great Dr Hook song, ‘Sylvia’s Mother’.

Lead Vocal 1 - Phil Odgers, Lead Vocal 2 - Paul Simmonds.


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


from Tightrope, released August 21, 2015
Lyrics P Simmonds / Music P Odgers
Steel Guitar: Geoff Price


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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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