Holding On

by Dan Kemp

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Holding On 02:49
There's been a search for freedom as long as there's been man and since there's been oppression there's been those who make a stand but through all the injustice there are those who still believe that people can live together in peace and harmony so keep holding on it's darkest before the dawn we'll welcome in a bright new morn as we keep holding on and there have been rebels as long as there's been kings folk as free as birds before those who clipped their wings people who died on their feet instead of bend the knee and refused to wear the yoke and iron chains of tyranny so you comrades of Wat Tyler, friends of Thomas Paine of Sparticus in ancient Rome the CNT in Spain The Diggers of St. Georges Hill, Ned Ludd and Captain Swing Who fought throughout the ages, to hear freedoms bells ring and they infiltrate, co-opt us or their armies crush us down but there are always more of us to rise up from the ground and we will never give up, cos we know we're in the right and one day we just might, win this fight
Paradise 04:30
What will you say when your grand children ask, what was it like in the past? When the tide has rised, when pollution clouds the sky, and asphalt has covered all the grass Will you tell them that you just stood by, as they paved over paradise you where too busy with your life, to do any more, didn't want to break the law some things are worth fighting for Did water you can drink once flow from the rocks did the soil once bear crops? did animals dwell in the forests dark dell, did the birds fill the air with their flocks? Did forests once stretch across continents, could you leave the town and breath the clean air? did your greed drive you on, did you destroy for fun, or did you just not care? Why did you ignore the signs why did you ingore the science when they told us something must be done When there was still time, we could have changed our line but we stuck our course and now it's all gone where once tall trees did stand, where once lay fertile land, is paved over strip mined or dead how we let it go, did we just not know or did we happily go where we where led? What will you say when your grandchildren ask, what was it like in the past when the desert has spread, the oceans are dead and food supplies are running out fast oh well we went to the woods, we did all we could but they would not listen though it was for their own good and blinded by 'economics' they couldn't see the growth short term profits at the expense of the things that matter most money doesn't grow on trees which made it hard for them to see the value in diversity, that natures gifts aren't all for free and we'll pay the cost eventually, but the real tragedy is the ones who'll pay the most, will be those who have the least.
Arising in the morning to start another day rub the sleep out of our eyes we'll soon be on our way a bitter brew of coffee to try and rouse the brain then it's in the van to another town to do it all again we'll make a stop so we can stock up on food and booze it's meant to be a quick one but it takes an hour or two then at last we're speeding down the road on our way to the show our soundcheck time is looming but we've still got miles to go this is the life for me, travelling cross the land and sea we've got the crew to make it through this wasters oddysey we've had arguments disasters and we've pretty much wrecked the van but every night we're giving it all we can Looks like we might just make it but we're cutting it pretty tight but then disaster strikes we take a left instead of a right looks like we've missed our soundcheck i suppose that is a pity but tonight at least we've all made it to the right city the next day it's the same but tonight it's in a squat there's a threat of eviction and the roof is full of rot but it's bloody rammed we get food and booze and we even get paid better than most the 'professional' venues we have ever played we're meant to be playing at a festival today but the cops have come along to take the sound system away but that will never stop us it's a good job that we came cos a folk punk set's the best way to get the party going again god knows how much we've smoked or drank in our quest of pain and pleasure we've found ourselves and fucked ourselves in almost equal measure but now its nearly over i'm just glad we came and so grateful to to everyone who helped us on our way!
Sovay 02:41


released August 24, 2016

Recorded by Ash Ludd
Artwork by Suzi Kemp - www.suzikemp.com
First three songs written and performed by Dan Kemp on Guitar and Fiddle
Sovay is a traditional English song learnt from the version by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick and adapted/arranged by Dan Kemp.


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Dan Kemp Bristol, UK

Dan is a folk singer and fiddle player with occasional forays into punk and ska music. He sings and plays wherever he gets the chance, whether that's busking around Europe, performing at a punk gig or playing the fiddle at a folk session. He is also a member Will Tun and the Wasters and regularly collaborates with Ash Victim ... more

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