Left Turn On Liberty Lane

by Joe Solo

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1.
I'm that bloke At the bar with a joke I'm a drink and a smoke Yeah, and I've got your back I'm that song You get home and stick on When your day all went wrong Yeah, and I've got your back I'm that beep On your phone when you're weeping That says: 'How you keepin', man?' I've got your back I'm that sigh And that look in their eye When instead of goodbye They say 'I've got your back' Battered and bruised Knowing you're gonna lose Me, I'm what makes them choose To say 'I've got your back' I'm that smile You ain't found for a while On your loneliest mile Know that I've got your back Stand up tall Cos I won't let you fall All for one, one for all Yeah, and I've got your back I'm that feeling When life had you reeling And still you're not kneeling No, I've got your back Out on your own And a long way from home But you're never alone though Cos I've got your back I'm that friend Who'll be there til the end With a shoulder to lend you And I've got your back I'm your brother Your father, your mother Your neighbour, your lover And I've got your back You can cope Though you're pinned to the ropes See cos my name is Hope Yeah, and I've got your back
2.
Ma said: "Big dreams Are way beyond the likes of our means This world, it ain't fair And money's all that matters to then up there But being bothered Being bothered gets you anywhere. Take your heart, and your soul And throw them into chasing that goal Play hard, but play fair And never be a taker save for time or care Being bothered Being bothered gets you anywhere. Work hard, but have fun And stick around until you get the damned job done This world it ain't fair But if you feel you can't be bothered get up out of that chair Cos being bothered Being bothered gets you anywhere."
3.
Was in Eighteen hundred and thirty four That six men from Dorset fell foul of the law For they swore an oath that together they'd stand For a fair living wage for men working the land Now Judge Baron John Williams, his hammer did fall And those six men from Dorset were damned one and all Transported for seven long years they would be And he shipped them in bondage far over the sea We will, we will, we will be free If I stand up for you and you stand up for me We can fly the flag for liberty We will, we will, we will be free Now the workers rose up and they wouldn't back down And they took to the streets of our cities and towns They marched and they rallied, demanding to see Those six men from Dorset shipped home again free We will, we will, we will be free If I stand up for you and you stand up for me We can fly the flag for liberty We will, we will, we will be free From the Tolpuddle Martyrs to everyone here Don't cower before them a slave to your fear Take heart from our history, and together we'll stand Cos if six men from Dorset could, anyone can We will, we will, we will be free If I stand up for you and you stand up for me We can fly the flag for liberty We will, we will, we will be free We will, we will, we will be free If I stand up for you and you stand up for me For justice and equality We will, we will, we will be free WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
4.
Someone 03:40
These hands graft like my Dad's did And his Dad's did before It's been that way since Grandad learned this trade Back in the war He just got his head down And tried to raise a family Said: "Someone has to do this job And that someone is me." Take them as you find them, son And don't kick up a fuss Big men, they're just big men Cos of little men like us You take away us little men The big men fall, you see? And someone has to do this job And that someone is me Some they follow money,son But that turns good men bad I never followed money, son I followed my Dad So hold your head up high my boy And walk a path that's true And always try to be the best there is At what you do Look them in the eye my boy With pride and dignity Cos someone has to do this job And that someone is me.
5.
He came to me an old man He said: "All you boys and girls You waste away your younger years In trying to change the world. If you want to know the truth, boy The truth of it is this There's way too many people Like the world the way it is Ch: There's way too many people Like the world the way it is She likes the bit that's hers He likes the bit that's his You give them just enough to lose Until they've something to miss There's way too many people Like the world the way it is." He told me: "Hark at you All holier than thou You know you're going to lose So sonny, make some money now Or you'll only end up bitter End up bitter over this There's way too many people Like the world the way it is." Ch: There's way too many people Like the world the way it is She likes the bit that's hers He likes the bit that's his You give them just enough to lose Until they've something to miss There's way too many people Like the world the way it is." I said: "I know you think I'm beaten But I promise you I aren't See my Grandad always taught me There's no such thing as can't And the odds might be against me But I like it like this There's way too many people Like the world the way it is." Ch: "There's way too many people Like the world the way it is She likes the bit that's hers He likes the bit that's his You give them just enough to lose Until they've something to miss There's way too many people Like the world the way it is."
6.
If we could all just sing a song And let our voices rise as one Why then we'd see how soon we're strong If we could all just sing a song If we could all just lend a hand And get the word across this land Instead of kneeling on command If we could all just lend a hand If we could all just stand up now And get the word out there somehow That no more will we scrape and bow If we could all just stand up now If we could all just sing a song And let our voices rise as one Why then we'd see how soon we're strong If we could all just sing a song
7.
Every heartbeat hammers in 4/4 time While hope lies dying in a welfare line Big dreams, that's your trouble Back in line now boy, stat. on the double! As the word comes down from the penthouse suit Keep the noise down on the burning streets They feast while the city dies screaming This is the future in your England's Dreaming The beat don't stop cos the work don't stop The work don't stop so the beat can't stop the groove The proof is out there, brother A little home truth wrapped up in another Get a Red Flag flying in a million hearts The revolution needs a kick-start now Big dreams, that's out trouble To want to build a new world out of the rubble Every heartbeat hammers in 4/4 time We're every one of us our own front line now Rise up and stand together Or take it how we're taking it now forever The beat don't stop cos the work don't stop The work don't stop so the beat can't stop the groove The proof is out there, brother A little home truth wrapped up in another No fight, no struggle! WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
8.
At the age of 15 I walked out of the schoolyard And in through the colliery gates And I followed my Dad and his Dad before him A miner like all of me mates It was just what you did if you come from this town, son Sort of burned in your soul Some men are born to have money and power But me, I was born to mine coal Never forgotten and never forgiven The scars from what they did haven't faded with time Never forgotten and never forgiven The memories run deep as the mine Don't get me wrong, the graft it was hard son It weren't for the faint of heart And every morning that cage gave a lurch And it sucked you down into the dark Everyone there knows what everyone's thinking It's not said out loud cos we're men But each man inside he is silently praying That he'll see the daylight again Never forgotten and never forgiven The scars from what they did haven't faded with time Never forgotten and never forgiven The memories run deep as the mine It's been 30 long years since the last whistle sounded And they locked the colliery gates They shut down this town when the big wheel stopped turning And abandoned us all to our fates The kids grow up knowing there's nothing for them here It's the Army or a life on the dole But they know you never trust Tories or Coppers Cos their hearts are as black as the coal Never forgotten and never forgiven The scars from what they did haven't faded with time Never forgotten and never forgiven The memories run deep as the mine WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
9.
She gets mean when the money's gone And she don't talk for days She gets mean when the money's gone Guess we've all got our different ways Of dealing with hope when there is no hope Or with dreams when they've all gone wrong I still love her But I take cover She's mean when the money's gone She gets mean when the money's gone When it's food or it's heat and light She gets mean when the money's gone And we just spent our last tonight We're dealing with hope when there is no hope And with dreams when they've all gone wrong I still love her But I take cover Cos she's mean when the money's gone She gets mean when the money's gone But I don't think she understands She gets mean when the money's gone But I'm doing the best I can I'm dealing with hope when there is no hope And with dreams when they've all gone wrong I still love her But I take cover Cos she's mean when the money's gone
10.
Even when they blacked my eyes and Even when they broke my nose Even when they threw coins at me Even when they spat on my clothes I took it and I stood there laughing Do you really think you rattle me? You're picking on the wrong man mister I don't give up easily Even though the dice are loaded Even though the fight is fixed Even though your helping hand int Nothing but an iron fist Do you really think I'll just surrender? Do you really think it bothers me? You're picking on the wrong man mister I don't give up easily There's some of are frail and falter Were never meant to fight and then There's some of us who hit the canvas And never make it up again But some of us we roll the punches You better keep your guard up see You're picking on the wrong man mister I don't give up easily
11.
I will not give in to fear I will not walk away I'd sooner trust my conscience and My conscience says to stay I'd sooner trust my conscience With no reason to deceive I'd rather keep an open heart And wear it on my sleeve I will not give in to greed I want a world that's fair And empty are the riches Of a man who doesn't care I'd sooner I had nothing But a reason to believe I'd rather keep an open heart And wear it on my sleeve I will not give in to hate I won't stray from the path Every human heart it beats To live and love and laugh To me that makes us equal Though they say that I'm naive I'd rather keep an open heart And wear it on my sleeve WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO
12.
Farewell, farewell Farewell, farewell Farewell now my friend I hope I leave a little light behind me If not a fire, at the very least a spark I hope that spark can banish all your sorrow And at least until tomorrow Can help you through the dark Farewell, farewell Farewell, farewell Farewell now my friend I hope I leave a memory behind me That makes you smile and lingers on and on The nights grow long, the Autumn leaves are falling The open road is calling, by morning I'll be gone Farewell, farewell Farewell, farewell Farewell now my friend Until we meet again Farewell now my friend WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOE SOLO

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This album is a response to those in power who believe 'Social Mobility' is our sole purpose as good self-serving citizens of the State.

These are songs of belonging. Belonging to friends and family; to places and culture and history.

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released January 1, 2015

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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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