If Peel Street Could Talk

by Joe Solo

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I asked my Daddy why they called me a poor boy He said: "Now son, that's just the way you were born And you ain't never gonna be good for nothin' boy Good for nothin' exept for picking their corn And you ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin'" But if I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Then I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' to lose He said: "Now don't you talk to me about dreaming, See your dreams is just like diamonds and pearls Pretty little lies That a rich kid buys Before Daddy lets 'em loose on the world And you ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin'" But if I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Then I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' to lose And I would rather die a trier Than just sit around singing the blues "Remember son, you'll always be nothing!" Was the shout as I walked out of the door. But I don't really care It's a big world out there And I'm sure there's got to be something more. And if I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Ain't-a-got-a-nothin' If I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' Then I ain't-a-got-a-nothin' to lose And I would rather die a trier Than just sit around singing the blues Words & Music by Joe Solo
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Little Red Songbook shine a light Upon this lonely stage tonight Come summon up your ghosts for me I sure could use the company Give me Woody Guthrie and Josh White Standing right here by my side Tonight I'm not alone I'm not alone Little Red Songbook tell me why They'd frame a man and watch him die But they framed a man they could not kill The day they came for old Joe Hill Now there's Woody Guthrie and Josh White Standing right here by my side Tonight I'm not alone I'm not alone Words & Music by Joe Solo
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I'm back down at the barricades I've got the old red banners and the flags unfurled Strike out down the road to freedom Get the word out around the world I'm gonna shout it out from the highest mountain I've just remembered what my voice is for I ain't gonna take the fall for no-one Ain't gonna be a pawn no more I'm a simple man with a simple problem I'm been taken for a low down fool They got me with their mathematics But then I never went to public school Take 3 from 2 you make someone lose out And don't you come knocking on my door I ain't gonna take the fall for no-one Ain't gonna be a pawn no more Damn right "This Land is My Land" I've seen it raped by the men of means They still got money in their Saville Row suits Ain't got a penny in my old blue jeans When I get in debt I've got to pay my way out They get in debt I've got to pay some more I ain't gonna take the fall for no-one Ain't gonna be a pawn no more I'm gonna shout it out from the highest mountain And just remember what your voice is for I ain't gonna take the fall for no-one Ain't gonna be a pawn no more Words & Music by Joe Solo
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Gemini 03:01
As long as I've got the stars Then I'll never be alone Give me Ursa Minor And I'll find my way back home I'll just keep Gemini to my right As I roll down the road tonight There's just me and my car And this beat up guitar And I know it's gonna be alright I ain't ending up here That much I know is true I'm like that starlight I'm just passing through I'll just keep Gemini to my right As I roll down the road tonight There's just me and my car And this beat up guitar And I know it's gonna be alright Words & Music by Joe Solo
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Broken Man 04:39
I will not walk like a broken man For the world to see it won I'll just straighten up my shoulders and Bear the weight of what I've done And I will not falter, will not fail I'll just give it all I can It's a long, long road through the rain and hail But I will not walk like a broken man I've seen this world break better men Til all their hopes are crushed And their expectations lie in rags With their dreams ground down to dust But I've come this far on will alone And it made me who I am I feel every mile in my aching bones But I will not walk like a broken man Let me hear you singing: 'Hey now, hey now' I'm gonna shout it out loud Cos their ain't a nothing wrong with being poor and proud And let me hear you singing: 'Hey now, hey now' I'm giving all that I can And I will not walk like a broken man Words & Music by Joe Solo
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You wouldn't think to look at me But I fought the champ in 53 Locarno Ballroom away in town It's gone now though, they pulled it down I was big and strong back then you see You wouldn't think to look at me See this silver scar above my eye? Well I got it in the 5th Son, I tried to stay up on my feet But they stopped it in the 6th I'd caught him on the jaw And I'd hurt him I could see If I'd had one round more It could have turned out differently I almost was someone I almost was someone But you wouldn't think To look at me Words & Music by Joe Solo
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GHOST OF AN 83 FORD Don't know why I bought her And I don't suppose you'd understand I just figured that the way things were I'd have a lot of spare time on my hands And she reminded me of something that me Dad once said And I believe is true "There ain't nothing in this world, son An honest working man can't do" I was laid-off on a Friday And about all I could afford Was the red and rusty relic Of the ghost of an 83 Ford Thought I'd get most of what I needed scrap And give her a little TLC And I'd heard Lenny down at Lacey's Would maybe sign-off on an MOT But when I showed her Phil and Jonesy They just laughed and said: "You're on your own" But I swear I'll take her out on Main Street With the sun gleaming off of her chrome I was laid-off on a Friday And about all I could afford Was the red and rusty relic Of the ghost of an 83 Ford I fixed her radiator Friday at first light I was bashing out the bonnet on a Saturday night I tried to turn her over, put my foot to the floor And outside in the dark I heard an engine roar When I rolled her up to Jonesy Well I swear that he could barely speak And Lenny loves her so much That I'm starting work for him next week I guess that what I'm trying to tell you Is that someday's, well, the road is rough But don't let anybody tell you That what you've got it ain't enough I was laid-off on a Friday And about all I could afford Was the red and rusty relic Of the ghost of an 83 Ford WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
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The Pull 08:42
THE PULL Heave boys heave I've blisters on my hands You wouldn't believe But it's heave boys heave I vowed I'd do all that I can And I won't give up a life No not one single man No I won't give them up to the sea Heave boys heave Was the 18th day of 1881 The worst storm seen in years The North Sea blizzard black And howling down Til all else disappears Heave boys heave I've blisters on my hands You wouldn't believe But it's heave boys heave I vowed I'd do all that I can And I won't give up a life No not one single man No I won't give them up to the sea Heave boys heave With the wind North-Westerly, well we knew We'd never make the Bay "There's men there need us boys" The skipper said "And there's another way" Heave boys heave I've blisters on my hands You wouldn't believe But it's heave boys heave I vowed I'd do all that I can And I won't give up a life No not one single man No I won't give them up to the sea Heave boys heave Those in front they dug, spade in hand The rest we hauled on rope And we dragged that lifeboat overland With the strength men get from hope Heave boys heave I've blisters on my hands You wouldn't believe But it's heave boys heave I vowed I'd do all that I can And I won't give up a life No not one single man No I won't give them up to the sea Heave boys heave We put to sea and we fought that storm And brought home all them men I'm dead-beat now boys, but if I was called I'd do it all again Heave boys heave I've blisters on my hands You wouldn't believe But it's heave boys heave I vowed I'd do all that I can And I won't give up a life No not one single man No I won't give them up to the sea Heave boys heave WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
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released January 1, 2011

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Joe Solo Scarborough, UK

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough.

Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.

He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
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