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Not For The Likes of You


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DWL

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3 or 4 years ago Alan (Return From The Fray, Big Dog, Slave Cell) Gentle sent me some lyrics for a Queen Caroline song (see below for explanation).

I wrote a melody and even recorded it but then somehow .......... nothing.

Anyway, Alan and I swap emails on a regular basis and he said he'd recently done an open mic with this song and was wonderfully gracious not to mention that I didn't deliver.

Sometimes we need a kick up the arse.

This is what I'm calling Hey Nonny Noasis ( after typing that I realised that anyone outside the UK may have no idea what I was talking about so, Hey Nonny No is a term we might use for an old English traditional style of song - other interpretations are available)

This is the song of the new residents.

Alan - lyrics
Me - vocals, melody, guitar, bass and drum loops

Not For The Likes Of You © Alan Gentle, Dick Langford

From up here on the roof tops you can see the planes
Tracing lacy lines across the blue
All the pretty barges moored along the Thames
But they're not for the likes of you, my friend
They're not for the likes of you

Catch a game on Saturday at the Old Town City Arms
Why not stay a while and have a few
They're serving latte in the cafe down by the Riverside
But it's not for the likes of you, my friend
It's not for the likes of you

If you haven't got the class then we don't want to know
There must be somewhere else that you can go
If you want to come back here and sweep our pretty stage
You can earn yourself a minimum wage my friend
You can earn yourself a minimum wage

Such a lovely place to live, to raise a family
The bridge at night is quite a view
But first we got to clear out all you people living here
Cause it's not for the likes of you, my friend
No, not for the likes of you

If you haven't got the class then we don't want to know
There must be somewhere else you can go
If you want to come back here and sweep our pretty stage
You can earn yourself a minimum wage my friend
You can earn yourself a minimum wage



The Queen Caroline cycle of songs is dedicated to the fight to save the Queen Caroline Estate in Hammersmith, London from demolition. In short, the council want to demolish the estate and re-develop the site with possible relocation for current residents to another part of London. See here for the full story - Save The Queen Caroline Estate

Although this cycle of songs was inspired by the QC fight it equally applies to the disenfranchised, dispossessed and powerless across the world.

Each song is written from the point of view of those involved in the struggle or simply affected by the proposals in whatever way.
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Loob said 1561 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Love the vocal ensembles
you've been putting in your latest tracks Dick! Great productions! What's not to like? Very full well mixed, and arranged! Good lyrics.
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Thanks Freddy
I'm not sure how many more songs I've got to use those vox!

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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kingbee said 1561 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Me likes
I didn't think it was that hey nonny nonny.
Somehow felt like a gritty Be Bop Deluxe circa Axe Victim.
Great lyrics and goes really well with the music.
Great stuff
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Be Bop Deluxe
not a name I've heard for a while! Good old Bill Nelson.

Thanks for the listen and comments Brendan.

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 1561 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Powerful
These lyrics and the back story which they describe are so beautifully set to strong, narrative song writing, the effect being to engage the listener (even one from across The Pond) thoroughly in the story and the ramifications of so-called progress on the lives of the lower class. I really like the measured music that reminds me of a rustic fok song sung by hard-working, long -suffering men who earn little for their toils yet still persevere. This is not a song for the feint of heart, and it sure isn't rock 'n' roll. It is a serious message song performed as such and composed in a very traditional manner. For the effect created/desired, I can't imagine a better vehicle to convey these particular thoughts. And the projected inclusion of those disenfranchised elsewhere gives your wonderful number a universal appeal as well. Such evocative music is a real delight to hear.
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Thanks Paul
That's a really detailed review and it is much appreciated.

First of all I had an excellent set of lyrics to work with. They conveyed exactly what I was hoping they would. Alan is a very good lyricist and songwriter in his own right and there are another couple of his songs I'd like to try (hopefully in less than 4 years though)

I have no memory of doing the melody and if it wasn't for Alan telling me I did and then finding the original guitar/vocal track I made I wouldn't have believed him. I'm sure I've probably "borrowed" some old English song for the tune and maybe someone will identify.

To my shame it then got sidelined for some reason.

Thanks for picking up on the serious nature of the song. My wife suggested it should be more upbeat but I said that would be to subvert the message (although it might be an entertaining exercise!)

Great comments Paul, thanks again

Cheers

Dick


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Warren Smith said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Kicked
It is amazing what a good kick in the arse can produce : )

Indignant unambiguous lyrics backed by a solid production. Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of the rich getting their way is a good protest song.
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
If only
it could be changed by a song...

Thanks Warren, much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick
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Bob Rodgers said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
An
excellent song Dick & Alan, great lyrics and a wonderful production.

Great vocals and I love the intro. I like the phrasing of the lyrics with the music, they go together very well and keeps you hooked in.

That's a lovely guitar solo Dick, very much enjoyed.

Bob
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Guitar praise from you
is very welcome!

Once again, most of it's down to the quality of the lyrics. Everything else is easy after that!

Thanks Bob

Cheers

Dick
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johnwhitehead said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
The likes...
Righteous lyric, perfect mix of folk rock and pop. Writing, singing, guitar shredding all spot on. Top quality track, Dick!
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Righteous indeed!
Thanks John, lovely comment from a quality writer like yourself!

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
This is
really good Dick..... great poetry and i love the way the first few lines sell you something really nice only to elbow you out of the way 'cause you're not good enough..... you create great atmospherics with the way you sing without backing and then the gritty guitars and backing..... excellent work you two, just excellent, regards M
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
I'm pleased
you picked up on the intro Maurice.

Initially I sang it very straight but for some reason it occurred to me to sing it softly so the "rebuke" was more effective.

Thanks Maurice, much appreciated.

Cheers

Dick


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J_Gretch said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Wow what an in-depth composition.This is really good.I was a little thrown of by the Folk Rock genre but pleasantly surprised.Much Enjoyed.
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DWL said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Folk-rock covers a lot bases!
It started as a single voice/guitar piece that you could play at an open mic but somehow morphed into this!

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Not for the likes of you
Interesting take on traditional music. The opening sets the trad tone, but the hard driving guitars take it into modern times. Bit of Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span in there? Love that solo around 1:50. Here in Australia we can relate to people being sent away from their home by heartless English rulers! I like this a lot, Dick. And it's good to know that if someone searches for the Keywords "bugger this for a lark" they'll find this song - I got a laugh out of that!
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DWL said 1559 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
My history
is that I once got involved in the mid 80s forming a band to play covers of Fairport and Steeleye (and they weren't particularly fashionable at that time) but we realised we had enough of our own songs and Trick Upon Travellers was born.

My take on traditional style was formed in that period so that maybe explains this song!

Yep, the indigenous Aussies got a load of shit from us and I apologise (even though it was years before my time) for that shameful episode.

Bugger this for a lark ;-)

Thanks Philip, your comments are much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Lattes are not...
Powerful stuff, and very English. Much enjoyed. Gentrification is everywhere, and is usually sold as a good thing for everyone...everyone must be code for someone though. Thanks
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DWL said 1559 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Thanks Bill!
I like the code! I hate the gentrification concept as it always means someone is going top be shit on.

Cheers

Dick
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egobandit said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
stand out
gtreat mix love the singing, i hope you guys get some justice in your fight
great song!
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DWL said 1559 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Justice is unlikely
especially in our current climate....

Many thanks for your comments and wishes

Cheers

Dick
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FEEL said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Killer Guitar
Digging the heavy in the face lead. The vocals and melody are fantastic and compliment well the progression. Drums and bass make it all tight. Enjoyed!
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
It was nice to cut loose!
Thanks for the listen and comments, much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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MartinD28 said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Grabs your attention instantly
Love the intro - Instant visual of you on top of a building looking down on the Thames. Nice guitar work and percussion. Vocals are clear and your voice is very pleasant to listen to. Great recording!
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Thanks!
The FX worked then!

Thanks very much for your comments.

Cheers

Dick
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alackbass said 1560 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Great track. Excellent lyrics. The refrain provides a great hook and is such a profound statement. Well produced. Digging those guitar tones.
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Thanks Andrew
And I have to thank Alan again for his great lyrics!

I'm pleased you enjoyed the guitars.

Cheers

Dick
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aggentle said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Thanks for the words
Just dropping in to say thanks for the feedback all. Cheers Dick!
DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
And thank you for the words!
No song without you :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Narad said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Excellent listen ! Thanks for sharing and the download ! :)
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Thanks Harald
Much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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smokey bacon jnr said 1560 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
excellent!
Great dynamic soundscape. Like the Levellers mixed with Pink Floyd. I really like the lyrics too - very cutting, although I'd probably be sitting there sipping my frothy frappacino and reading Lacan.
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Levellers and Floyd?
An interesting combination. Not sure what they'd make of it! We supported the Levellers before they became famous. A nice bunch of lads.

Yes, I loved these lyrics when I received them and I wish I'd done something then but it's good to have finally completed the song.

Coffee and psychology? You'll fit in well ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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aggentle said 1555 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
Coffee...
... Smokey, I'm lost with coffee. I'm a caffeine luddite who goes into Starbucks and asks for a coffee with some milk in it. Get some funny looks.

And the internet, what's all that about? :-)

Truth is, I'm just a middle class, middle management hypocrite. But everyone once in a while I get a whiff of injustice in my nostrils, and the inner leftie gets out to play for a while.
magnatone said 1559 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Hi Dick - you are SUCH a prolific writer/performer of excellent music! this is fabulous!
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
Thanks Karen
Your comments are much appreciated (even though I'm hardly prolific ;-) )

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 1559 days ago (May 11th, 2013)
Likes of You
jeez dick, your vocals really dominate (cool)... great harmonizing

i like how you rocked this up and great mix as well
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
Thanks Vic
I'm not about the harmonies. My harmonies tend to sound like I've been in the pub too long.....

Much appreciated though!

Cheers

Dick
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apb said 1559 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
I would
love a penny-whistle playing some melodic interlude in this- adding a touch more folk into the balance. Vocals remind me of the Levellers, but this has a more rockier than folk leaning. As always, a master of the narrative style.. and this is no exception. Gets in, makes point, gets out. Torys eh?
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DWL said 1558 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
Tories indeed....
I wish I'd thought of a whistle. I think you're right, it probably would have worked. Ah well next time.

Thanks Alan. The Levellers again? Can't be bad!

Cheers

Dick
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oldlibmike said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Great sound
From my 'cross the pond perspective reminds me somewhat of Elvis Costello or Tull (Lick your fingers clean). I'm sure I miss a few of the references but this is fantastic. Great vocals and great sound. Politically might fit how we treat our own less-than-documented residents.
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DWL said 1557 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Costello or Tull
Sounds good to me!

I'm pleased you picked up on it even if you did miss some references.

Thanks for the listen and comment.

Cheers

Dick
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Outtaorbit said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
Ahh.........
Not for the likes of you...... No shi t . you do what i do ...make your own latte" .....Such a good tune... thank you.
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DWL said 1557 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Can't stand the stuff
Give me a decent expresso any day.

Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

Cheers

Dick


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jiguma said 1558 days ago (May 12th, 2013)
You had me
with "tracing lacy lines against the blue". Then it just got better. I think I've mentioned before that Fairport's "Nine" is a big fav. This sounds like the tune Billy Bragg wrote fir that album. Really enjoying this on all levels Dick.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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DWL said 1557 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Billy Bragg and Fairport
Works for me and I'm sure it will for Alan.

I really appreciate the comments Neil, thanks a lot.

Cheers

Dick
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aggentle said 1555 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
Yeh...
... Billy Bragg works for me too, New England is a real favourite of mine.

Cheers Neil!
Monkaton said 1558 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
Great Song
I am always impressed with the work that you put into your songs and this is no exception. Great lyric and arrangement. One thought I had was to repeat the first verse at the end exactly as you did it the first time with little accompaniment. Might add a bit of drama to the overall piece. Excellent work!
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DWL said 1557 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Thanks Tim!
Another good idea I wish I'd thought of :-)

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 1558 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
Wonder
full.
Cheers
Len

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DWL said 1557 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Thanks Len
much appreciated and see you later!

Cheers

Dick
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Char said 1557 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
I think
you have a great gift in that voice. It is as though you are the champion of everyman. These lyrics are spot on and certainly would be at home in musical theater. A fine collaboration even if patiently awaited. Glad you got to it. Thanks.
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DWL said 1555 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
You are too kind!
The champion of everyman is a fine thing to be called! I'm nowhere near it but I appreciate the sentiment.

Thanks for your support Char :-)

Cheers

Dick
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gadzooks said 1556 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
This is a real strong mix ... like your vocals and for me a treat to hear your strong English accent which suites that underlying tradition sensibility of the song... strong lyrics that work even better knowing the back story. That guitar crunches a thick wall that takes the whole traditional thing to another level. Solo rocks! This is really good Dick! I like Apb's idea of a penny whistle...
Cheers
SG
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DWL said 1555 days ago (May 16th, 2013)
Thanks Stan
It's taken me years to discover a voice so I appreciate the comment!

And thanks for the comments about the guitars and the song.

Cheers

Dick
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woofer3 said 1556 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Very 'wreckless Eric' -me big fan. Dick you are as cynical as me but with good cause. A society based on, - as the Black Adder once said - 'too many fat bastards getting too big a cut of the cake' - target sighted - it has been this way for as long as I can remember and way before. Directors and 'corporate controllers' worth more than nurses ???? it stinks. That said I love your song and the way you do it and admire your perception. Oh and sorry I'm a bit late getting here.
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DWL said 1555 days ago (May 16th, 2013)
Just an old hippy
but now cycnical.

Them and us John, them and us. So it was and so it will always be unfortunately but I can't just accept that and get involved in all sorts of projects.

Thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 1555 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
Bit late, Dick, sorry. Been away fishing. This is a very, very fine post. Alan's heartfelt lyrics are straight out of the folk rebellion songbook and you have really pulled out all stops with the treatment you have given the song. Fantastic, really. Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 1553 days ago (May 17th, 2013)
Thanks Peter
Much appreciated!

Always good to get such positive comments.

Cheers

Dick
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rok41 said 1555 days ago (May 16th, 2013)
Not For The Likes of You
This is really good, DWL...love the progression and the guitar tone. Excellent!
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DWL said 1553 days ago (May 17th, 2013)
Thanks for stopping by
listening and leaving a comment!

I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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ledebutant said 1554 days ago (May 16th, 2013)
Arse Kicking
This was absolutely great. The writing's wonderful and the lyrics are so evocative. What a terrific performance, on your part, Dick. As some other people have mentioned, I really like the doubling and the harmonies and think they bring a lot of magic to the track. Nice work, gentlemen!
DWL said 1553 days ago (May 17th, 2013)
Quite a comment!
Many thanks for taking the time to stop by!

I wasn't sure if the rather rough doubling worked but maybe they did.

Just listened to Merton's Prayer, excellent work. I'm not sure it needed anything else but did you do any more work on it?

Cheers

Dick
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Fire_Angel said 1554 days ago (May 17th, 2013)
Biting.
Great stuff, I too like the way those harmonies are layered and the entire performance fits with the strong lyrics. The mixing and arrangement leaves a good impression too. Downloaded with thanks.
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DWL said 1547 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Thanks!
for the listen and comment (especially about the harmonies which aren't my strong point (you should have heard the attempts that didn't make the cut - then again, perhaps you shouldn't!)

Cheers

Dick
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thetiler said 1554 days ago (May 17th, 2013)
Enjoy
city sounds and the setting at the start, terrific group sound every pro sounding.
Stunning lyrics with a LOT of meaning, a song that needs to be sung for sure. Terrific delivery with a great pop rock sound of the current scene I think WAy to Go!!!!
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DWL said 1547 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Thanks Bill
much appreciated and there are still a lot of songs to be sung.

Cheers

Dick
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TvRicky said 1547 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Likes it..Baby
Takes me to the early 70's Rock at it's zenith...Nice and well done my man!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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DWL said 1543 days ago (May 28th, 2013)
Thanks my friend
much appreciated!

Cheers
Dick
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echoroom said 1546 days ago (May 25th, 2013)
No way sis
I dont spend much time at MJs these days, but when id o come back, christ, you always have a great track up. The guitar work on this is fantastic, and wonderful lyrics:

hey're serving latte in the cafe down by the Riverside
But it's not for the likes of you, my friend

Your work is so British and so unique. You should have opened the olympics.
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DWL said 1543 days ago (May 28th, 2013)
Bad puns are us...
Thanks Steve, I'm pleased you found this when you came back. Lyrics courtesy of Alan Gentle.

Opening the Olympics? You are too kind (deluded perhaps but very kind!)

Cheers

Dick
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TobinMueller said 1528 days ago (June 11th, 2013)
Tim Minchin's smart black sheep big brother
Man, you should have been a party of Monty Python. They missed out! Your sense of drama and production, with such a great ear for both musicality, humor and irony, like Tim Minchin's smart black sheep big brother. Great track!
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Doug Somers said 1525 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
not for the likes
Moving people about like a pile of detritus shows how blind we are to our common and shared humanity. A powerful song well played and sung without pulling any punches in the delivery. Lyrics seem to turn to gold in your gifted hands Dick. I hope more people listen and get the point.

I like this one a lot. Cheers,
Doug
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Marino_Experiment said 1264 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
Not For The Likes of You
Transported...What a cool intro and such cool vocal melody..Guitar solo and tone is spot on! Cheers!
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