Playtime for Everyone

by Adam Holden

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Adam Holden - piano, guitar and vocals
Maurice Condie - guitar and vocals (track 1)

All songs written by Adam Holden, expect The Outgoing Administration which is a poem by Clive James with music by Adam Holden

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released October 12, 2019

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ian Stephenson at Simpson Street Studios, Thropton, Northumberland 9th & 10th May 2019

Thanks to Ian and Maurice, and to family and friends who have supported me and my song writing. Special thanks to everyone at the Bridge Folk Club, Newcastle, where I tried out several of these songs for the first time

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Adam Holden Gateshead, UK

Adam Holden is a songwriter who performs solo and in folk duo Another Penny (with Maurice Condie). He sings and plays guitar and piano.

Adam grew up in East London playing classical music and listening to songwriters from as many sources as he could find. His songs touch on immediate social, domestic and natural landscapes but are also rooted in a love of political ideas.
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Track Name: The Wind is Blowing in the Sail
The Wind is Blowing in the Sail

The wind is blowing in the sail, my friends my friends
The wind is blowing in the sail, my friends
This course is ours to take
Though our spirits sink and bodies break
The wind is blowing in the sail
And a guyed mast never bends

A story is living in the wires, my friends my friends
A story is living in the wires my friends
As deep as the cables lie
Hailing satellites that scrape the sky
A story is living in the wires
That no one comprehends

The birds are singing in the street, my friends my friends
The birds are singing in the street, my friends
As gulls and pigeons rise
With the elements of surprise
The birds are singing in the street
And the peregrine descends

Those feet are moving to the drum my friends my friends
Those feet are moving to the drum my friends
They dance upon the ground
From the mountain top to the valley drowned
Those feet are moving to the drum
In a rite that never ends

A wave is running to the shore my friends my friends
A wave is running to the shore my friends
With every boat set fast
From the tallest to the least and last
A wave is running to the shore
And on this all hope depends

The wind is blowing in the sail, my friends my friends
The wind is blowing in the sail, my friends
This course is ours to take
though our spirits sink and bodies break
The wind is blowing in the sail
And a guyed mast never bends
Track Name: Common Ground
Common Ground

Do you live in castle?
Do you live on a cloud?
Do you long for some other shore?
Or to blend in with the crowd
For every bond that’s broken
For every world unbuilt
There is anger to be spoken
And hope to be spilt

I don’t need you
You don’t need me
Is that that the best
That we can be

Life is not a ladder
Love is not a bet
You take up some space
And make your place
With what you give and what you get
We all need enough
We all want something more
You can play it tough
Or hold open the door

I don’t need you ...

Where do we go now?
What was it went wrong?
Does anyone know how
We just get along?

The party is over
Take the bunting down
These streets unloved, unwanted
The big top has left town
Common wealth is common wisdom
Common sense on common ground
But in this disunited kingdom
Where can it be found?

If I don’t need you
And you don’t need me
What’s the best that
We can be?
Track Name: Playtime for Everyone
Playtime for Everyone

Daniel woke up kicking, stood up straight and blew his nose
A cup of tea, a slice of toast and he fell into his clothes
Listening to the radio with one eye on the clock
He locked the door then checked once more and headed for his stop

He said - “this day is nearly over is before it has begun
Got to get in line by ten to nine and get the whole job done”
“But I want to feel the sunshine, I want to smell the flowers
To grow something beautiful in ten thousand hours”

Playtime for everyone - make it your demand
Playtime for everyone - give us more than we can stand
Come on now everyone - put your shoulder to the wheel
It’s time for everyone - get it if you have to steal

Standing on the platform, Julie’s waiting for a train
A thousand bitter pills are still bouncing round her brain
She said “I’m tired of defeat and of debts that can’t be mine
And I want to get a seat and I want to be on time”

Playtime for everyone ...

So you’re working for the army, or you’re working for the law
You’re selling fruit and veg or selling credit to the poor
You’re mending or you’re making or talking on the phone
You’re cleaning someone’s mess up or you’re caring in a home

Playtime for everyone ...

The mother or the daughter the father or the son
The brother or the sister - there are many there is one
The chosen or the fallen the shattered or the sane
The bruised or the broken the pretty or the plain

Goethe said to Eckermann - “to live a worthwhile life
A man must exercise his gifts but not shy away from strife”
But it doesn’t take a genius to show us what to do
You try your best and take the rest and fight for what is right and true

Playtime for everyone - make it your demand
Playtime for everyone - give us a reason to stand
Come on now everyone - put your shoulder to the wheel
It’s time for everyone - get it if you have to steal

Playtime …
Track Name: Falling Down
Falling Down

When the body breaks and the spirit is failing
Falling down, falling down
How virtue shakes with fortune’s unveiling
Falling down, falling down

If you live as you love and don’t fear the ending
What you give stands above the senseless descending

So grows the seed, and then comes the calling
Falling down, falling down
Life turns to need and soon hands us all in
Falling down, falling down

If you live as you love and don’t fear the ending
What you give stands above the senseless descending

Then find a hill and have faith to climb it
Falling down, falling down
Still is the chill should you reach the summit
Falling down, falling down

Live, love, don't fear the ending
Give, stand, no sense pretending

When the body breaks and the spirit is failing
Falling down, falling down
How virtue shakes with fortune’s unveiling
Falling down, falling down
Track Name: Kitchener Street
Kitchener Street

Once in every while well don't you know
People get up and the People go
An army of you and me just marching on its feet
To that temporary unit on Kitchener Street

Rain and cherry blossom is in the air
An ill wind blowing strong that seems to come from everywhere
If you want to change the world then it's hard to beat
That temporary unit on Kitchener Street

Temporary like the blossom
Temporary like the rain
Temporary like the change that will come along again
Temporary like victory
Temporary like defeat
Temporary like that unit on Kitchener Street

How your country needs you like it did way back when
Women were called to suffrage while they sacrificed the men
And still your country needs you there can be no retreat
From that temporary unit on Kitchener Street

Freedom's not like property you can't just exchange it
You can't make it, you can't break it so you live to rearrange it
Remember every step that saw the franchise complete
At that temporary unit on Kitchener Street

Temporary like the blossom
Temporary like the rain
Temporary like the change that will come along again
Temporary like victory
Temporary like defeat
Temporary like that unit on Kitchener Street

So show up early, bring a friend and wait in line
And maybe by the morning it'll all work out fine
But you've got to hope for more than just keeping life sweet
It's a temporary unit on Kitchener Street

Oh how your country needs you
Track Name: The Outgoing Administration
The Outgoing Administration

For the poem please visit www.clivejames.com/poetry/enemy/outgoing

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