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Thread #38479   Message #540994
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
03-Sep-01 - 05:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: PEL 'Freedom to sing' song
Subject: PEL 'Freedom to sing' song
For the last few months, like some others on the Mudcat, especially The Shambles, I've been posting away on discussions threads here (and in other places)about the way some councils in England are shutting down music sessions in pubs, because they say you need a special entertainment licence to sing or make music. Two current threads about this are here, and here.

Maybe if people won't listen to us talking and writing about it, we should try singing about it.

Anyway, while down at Fylde festival on Friday last, I wrote this song about it, on the interminable walk from the campsite to the town, and I sang it in a singaround when I got there. (And it was in the 4th, lunchtime edition of Penny Dreadful, the Fylde Festival newsletter, on Sunday.)

The tune is sort of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" or it might be "Marching Through Georgia" or some combination of the two. And thinking it over, the right to sing and make music that is under threat here is not just important in itself, which it is, but it represents other freedoms under attack or denied us, and I suppose this song is about that as well.


Singing in a pub one night,
drinking of a beer,
The landlord says "I'm sorry, lads,
you cannot sing in here,
The fella from the council,
he came on very strong,
I haven't got the licence
that will let you sing your songs."
So sing a song of freedom,
sing it while you may,
with their rules and regulations,
see them taking it away.
Sing a song of freedom,
but sing it very quiet.
If anyone should hear it,
then a licence is required.


"If I let you play your music,
I'll be sorry that I did.
They tell me I could face a fine
of twenty thousand quid.
Folk or jazz or rock-and-roll,
any kind of sound,
reggae, punk or Mozart,
you best not hang around.
One of you or two of you,
I'd let you sing a song -
But I'd be deep in trouble
if the others sang along.
(So if you) sing a song of freedom,
better sing it very quiet.
If anyone should hear it,
then a licence is required.


Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free -
if you keep your head down,
they just might let you be.
Land of Hope and Glory,
excuse me if I laugh -
if you want to sing a song,
best do it in your bath.
So sing a song of freedom,
sing it while you may,
with their rules and regulations,
see them taking it away.
Sing a song of freedom,
but sing it very quiet.
If anyone should hear it,
then a licence is required.

So sing a song of freedom,
sing it while you may,
though rules and regulations,
might be standing in the way
Sing a song of freedom,
sing it loud and clear.
Sing a song of freedom,
let them know that you are here.
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