A Patient Man

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I originally wrote this song for Steve Chapman Smith who released it on his 2014 album 'Justice' as 'I Don't Give Up' which is also here on Bandcamp. Steve slightly altered the rhythm of the chorus which made me think it would work in a different style- so here it is.

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When I was young my Papa told me: "Son,
Word to the wise before the bullies come.
You stare em down and tell em 'DO YOUR WORST'
The pick the biggest one and hit him first."

I don't give up
I don't give in

And sure enough them bullies came to call
This gang they pushed me back against a wall
I said: "If I was you I'd turn and run.
There might be five of you, but I'm my fathers' son."


I don't give up
I don't give in

A reputation ain't no bad thing see.
A job need doing, they come call on me.
See they know I never cut and run.
I stick around and get the damn thing done.


I don't give up
I don't give in

My best friend, Ali, was a dark-skinned man
Came over here to lend a helping hand
One night three of em and a hunting knife
They cornered Ali and they took his life.
I was 50 when I took the last one down
Back of a bar way out in Camden Town
Boot on his throat I said: "You know who I am.
It's been 30 years, but I'm a patient man."


I don't give up
I don't give in

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from The Future Needs Us Now, released January 6, 2017
Joe Solo/Chapman Smith

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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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