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GUEST,harvey andrews Aren't folk clubs brilliant? (39) Lyr Add: IF IT WASN'T FOR THE SONG 12 Aug 01

I hope I've got the line breaks right this time; if not, apologies. This is a lyric of mine apposite to this thread I thought you might like. Cherry Hinton Hall is the site of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

"If it wasn't for the song"

I was raised like most on Rock and Roll
And Elvis was the King
Then washboards and those thrashed guitars
Made Skiffle seem the thing
But deep inside I always felt
that I did not belong
And my life would not have been complete
If it wasn't for the song

Songs to make you dance and sing
Songs to make you sigh
Songs to make you laugh or bring
A tear to your eye

Then one night on the radio
Came ballads good and fine
They told me of the herring shoals
The old grey funnel line
I vowed I'd learn their every word
Sing them loud and strong
And my life would not have been so sweet
If it wasn't for the song

I found a club, and every week
I'd take the bus up West
And I'd sing out with the Spinners
And McColl and all the rest
And there I found the girl who's been
A partner my life long
But our lives would not have been so sweet
If it wasn't for the song

And with the kids we'd take our tent
To Cherry Hinton Hall
And we'd hear the best the world had sent
To entertain us all
To festivals we went each year
Joined the happy throng
And our days would not have been so sweet
If it wasn't for the song

For 40 years our folk club's been
A place where all could come
We started with no instruments
But now there's bass and drum
There's some who say our day is past
They may be right or wrong
But their lives will never be complete
If they don't have the song

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