From The Ground Up

by Robin Grey

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released July 19, 2017

Hymn For Her
Candy Parfitt - Backing vocals
Robin Grey - Vocals, guitars, percussion and bass

From The Ground Up
Iain Macleod - Banjo
Joe Allen - Drums
Ben Oliver - Piano
Amy Bowles - Bass
Basia Bartz - Violin
Robin Grey - Vocals and guitar
Jonny Cole - Engineering

Leave It In The Ground
Tim Graham - Guitar
Robin Grey - Vocals, double bass and brass

Hackney Gentrification Song
Caitlin Roberts - Accordion
Chris Veneable - Backing vocals
Naomi Wilkins - Backing vocals
Emma Dyer - Clarinet
Robin Grey - Vocals and mandolin

Pat Do This Pat Do That
Tim Graham - Vocals and guitar
Chance Kellner - Backing vocals and percussion
Naomi Wilkins - Backing Vocals
Robin Grey - Bass, ukulele
Jimmy Friend - Engineering

Woodman, Spare That Tree
Tim Graham - Guitar and backing vocals
Chance Kellner - Violin and backing vocals
Naomi Wilkins - Flute and backing vocals
Robin Grey - Vocals, uke, bass, percussion and harmonium

The Ballad Of Hawkwood
Flora Curzon - Violin
Naomi Wilkins - Flute and backing vocals
Adam Rees - Banjo
Robin Grey - Vocals, bass and ukulele

Ghost Around
Candy Parfitt - Backing vocals
Robin Grey - Vocals, guitar, harmonium and double bass

Underneath The Skin
Robin Grey - vocals, body percussion and guitars

Woodman interlude
Chance Kellner - Violin
Naomi Wilkins - Flute
Robin Grey - Harmonium

Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
Chance Kellner - Vocals
Naomi Wilkins - Backing vocals and flute
Tim Graham - Guitar
Clarissa Carlyon - Cello
Robin Grey - Bass

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Track Name: Hymn For Her
Hey ho, how you doing mister?
Oh no, think you're going to miss her?
Don't show too many feelings,
They will come out when the time right.

I said "Candles can be dangerous," and she agreed with a smile
And the dusk it settled slightly around us into a peaceful night
But my heart knew none of that peace and I lay there for quite some time
Sleep it was a sweet release and the rain came down from the sky

There are many proverbs and more than a few cliches
Tripping on my tongue tonight but I box them up and I bury them away
The world it turned, a storm it passed. Some days the world and I we just don't relate.
Still every twist and turn it helps this blood keep pulsing through my veins
Track Name: From The Ground Up
Building from the ground up, aiming for the sky,
taking my time thou' cos I don't want to fall by the wayside
| C | % | % | % | F | % | G | % |
and you might be laughing at the state of my shoes
but there's no way today I'm catching your blues

| F C F C | F C F C | G | % |
cos i have been round and round and round and round again
| F C F C | F C F C | G | % |
i have walked some paths that came to a dead end
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and i have been frowned upon for things that i have said, for somethings that i have said

excuse me mr fancy tie, greed is good and cash lives fast,
would you care to join me? you sure look like you could do with a laugh!
i see those lines wearing deep into your face -
open your eyes look around and see the love and wonder in this place

you tell me what goes up must come down, i said they put a man on the moon
you say it's a grey rainy day, i sing don't worry the sun will be here soon
you tell me that the glass is half full and i might disagree but am i wasting my words?
there are other ways I could spend my energy

chorus

excuse me mr fancy tie, please don't buy and sell the sky
think of your childrens children as you scratching around for an alibi
now you might be laughing at the state of shoes
but there's no way today I'm catching your blues

chorus

Building from the ground up, aiming for the sky, building from the ground up, aiming for the sky
aiming for the sky, aiming for the sky, aiming for the sky
Track Name: Leave It In The Ground
D A
the world gently turned
A E
the sun she was hiding
D A
as i made my way home
E D
back through the marshes

D A A E
and miles away degrees are debated by
D A
the powers that be

A E
now i don't give weight to all their fancy bluffing
D A A D
its just so much hot air and back slapping

leave it in the ground
i want our world to avoid being drowned

the coots are still up
they love this weather
oh would they give a fuck
if we were not here

people on the streets
reclaiming the rhetoric
oh money might talk
but well so can we

so stand up and sing, you'll wonder at the difference
a voice can make when we all speak together

leave it in the ground
i want our world to avoid being drowned

leave it in the ground
i want our world to avoid being drowned
Track Name: Hackney Gentrification Song
Caitlin Roberts - Accordion
Chris Venables - Backing vocals
Naomi Wilkins - Backing vocals
Emma Dyer - Clarinet
Robin Grey - Vocals and mandolin
Track Name: Woodman, Spare That Tree
Gm Gm F C
That old familiar tree,
Gm Gm C Am
Whose glory and renown
Gm Gm F C
Spread over land and sea,
Gm Gm C Am
And you would hew it down?

Dm Dm C C
Woodman, oh woodman, you must spare that tree!
Gm Gm Bb Bb
Touch not a single bough for in my youth it sheltered me,
Am Am Dm Dm
And I'll protect it now.

'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cot:
There, woodman, let it stand,
Thy axe shall harm it not!

My mother held me here;
and father pressed my hand
For all that we hold dear,
the old tree it must stand

We stand here in a ring,
Close as your bark, old friend!
Above the wild-bird sing,
And still thy branches bend.
Track Name: Ballad of Hawkwood
C F
There is a fine gent christened Ru Litherland
C F
Mulch, sow and then reap
C C
There is a fine gent christened Ru Litherland
C C
And he has green fingers on both of his hands
C G C F C G C
I’ll be good to the land and the land will be good to me

With a coop of comrades he dreamed a bold dream
To grow food for his kinsmen as nature decreed.

By the edge the forest they spied a fine patch
And to grow fruit and veg there a plan they did hatch.

But the men of the hour dreamed of buildings not plants
A development would far more there profits enhance.

Our ancestors fought for this fair forest land
So now against the law was the businessman’s plan.

After twelve months had past did the council relent
Now we’ll work the earth as our forefathers meant.

Now if you pass by here you might hear a tune:
Mulch, sow and then reap
Now if you pass by here you might hear a tune,
The melody is old and the words will be soon.
I’ll be good to the land and the land will be good to me
Track Name: Ghost Around
Am Fadd9 C G/B

I turned on the light and the shadows they were gone
was that it were so easy in our mind
and we'll laugh about it one day but for now it's just not funny
and i ghost around this crazy town, might hit the ground on the way down if i'm lucky

i never ask, i never ask
some things aren't mine to know
i never ask, i never ask, dear no

cos you're always out of focus in the background
(or turned the other way)

and then i climbed up to the top of the hill
and pretended that i was a tree
but i wasn't fooling you, I wasn't fooling the lord
and I sure the hell wasn't fooling me

now from inside here to outside there and every place between
in the half light with smoke and mirrors,
with sweetness and with sin

i never ask, i never ask
some things aren't mine to know
i never ask, i never ask
dear no

I turned on the light and the shadows they were gone
was that it were so easy in our mind
was that it were so easy in our mind
Track Name: Underneath The Skin
who by fire and who in love
stand so tall, bless their tongues
i had hope to go but then i ended up inside
so many emotions with a dash of foolish pride

who in strength and high esteem
more than a word democracy
the curtain's wearing thin and now the people must be heard
i button up my coat and then i step out in the world

as it was so shall be
begin the walk, fill the street
the prophets find their tongues in many places i've not seen
when the telegraph opines you know that this is not a dream