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Tyburn Fair (Return to Normal)

MLucas on March 06, 2013 11:47

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    (we dare not speak or pray...)
    To Tyburn Fair
    I used to go,
    to watch the just procession,
    and eat the oranges
    the dead would throw
    and hear their last confessions.
    To Tyburn Fair
    I used to go,
    to hear the minstrels sing,
    their tragic tales of highwaymen,
    common criminals,
    enemies of the king.
    To Tyburn Fair
    on a Saturday,
    across the road a beam of wood.
    The bones of Cromwell
    dangled in the fog,
    the Maid of Kent last stood
    at Tyburn Fair--
    I used to go there,
    but they tell me I'm bound for Newgate.
    The wheels of progress
    ground me in the mud,
    a proper run for a tool of fate.
    (we'll bury you at crossroads,
    we dare not speak or pray,
    we'll fill the trench with common earth,
    and then we'll walk away.)
    Track 5 on Return to Normal's second LP, "Blinking in the Brackens". We wrote this song for our Folk Opera about the Luddite Rebellion, "The Ballad of Ned Ludd", and though it is set 200 years ago in England during the winter of 1813, I think it's fair to say the thoughts about capital punishment and its relationship to the use of governmental authority are directed elsewhere. The writing of "The Ballad of Ned Ludd" was an exciting time for us, including research at the Library of Congress, where they were at first skeptical, and then just plain wonderful. We tried to reference every event in our story to historic documents, and finding these, it seemed to write itself. I'm guessing there may be a few raised eyebrows at the idea of a guy from the backroads of the midwestern US writing something set in English history, but my ancestors were from England (and Scotland, and Wales, and Ireland, and the Netherlands...), and though it was long ago indeed -- both Corinne and I had ancestors on the Mayflower -- nevertheless, these events retain relevance in US culture, and especially, law. This song is a staple of our live performances, and is easy to play:Emin G D Emin G D Amin G D Bmin Emin D A]. Song composed, performed and recorded by Return to Normal (Corinne and Marty Lucas), 2012 North Judson, IN USA, final mix and master by Jon Huxtable, Smallfishrecordings, Pluckley UK.

    Released by: Quality Hill
    Release/catalogue number: 2.2013
    Release date: Dec 15, 2012


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