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The Alan Tyler Show

by Alan Tyler

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    Six track mini-album featuring all the origin Alan Tyler songs on The Alan Tyler Show CD, plus Middle Saxon Town (not on the CD), but excluding the covers, due to Bandcamp terms and conditions.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    10 track CD in slim colour printed card wallet.

    Tracks:

    1. Dark River (Alan Tyler)
    2. Down On Deptford Creek (Alan Tyler)
    3. Essex Girl (Alan Tyler)
    4. Long Time No See (Alan Tyler)
    5. The Fields Beneath (Alan Tyler)
    6. The Streets Of Baltimore (Tompall Glaser & Harlan Howard)
    7. She Thinks I Still Care (Dickey Lee & Steve Duffy)
    8. Tecumseh Valley (Townes Van Zandt)
    9. Return Of The Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons)
    10. True Love Ways (Buddy Holly & Norman Petty)

    The Alan Tyler Show: Alan Tyler (vocals & guitar), Patrick Ralla (guitar, banjo & vocals), Jim Morrison (fiddle & mandolin). Recorded at Bark Studio by Brian O'Shaughnessy. Mastered at Famous Times.
    www.alantyler.com. info@alantyler.com

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1.
Dark River 03:54
When I feel that loneliness I take a train down to Shoeburyness I will leave what I possess For your land of emptiness From the marshland’s boggy chill Further on down by the rill Coming through a foggy swirl I can hear my Essex girl She’s calling me From the land to the sea From the town of East Tilbury To the lady of Leigh Oh Leigh I love you Where the fresh and briny meet Creek and gutway dyke and fleet Saltmarsh and German Sea Powerlines and industry Little gull and merlin bird Whistle wind and whisper word Fly into your mystery Sing your lowland history And ferry me Down the estuary From Fort and field and factory And the oil refinery Broken shell and tarnished pearl Essex girl my Essex girl
2.
The water’s rising with the tide That comes in twice a day The city streets are always near But now we drift away From muddy beds we’re lifted up In boats that crack and creak It’s time to strain the ropes again Down on Deptford Creek And though the wind is blowing low And though my light is weak I’ll see a moving picture show Down on Deptford Creek And when the tide begins to turn And go back to the sea A mossy wall shows velvet green That used to be the quay Where bigger boats had once come to When Ha’penny Bridge was raised Unloading cargo from afar Back in the older days Below the rumbling dockland train Down in the waters bleak I see the ages ebb and flow Down on Deptford Creek And when the sea has left the scene It leaves a shallow flow Where duck and wader, gull and grebe And heron come and go To pick among the rank remains For filthy foraged fare In tangled twine a Christmas tree A broken office chair Up on a rung my fisher-king Above the sea-birds’ shriek Surveys the silver in the stream That swims in Deptford Creek A flash of blue, a dip, a dive A tiddler’s in its beak I hope that I’ll see you again Down on Deptford Creek I hope that I’ll see you again Down on Deptford Creek
3.
Essex Girl 04:06
When I feel that loneliness I take a train down to Shoeburyness I will leave what I possess For your land of emptiness From the marshland’s boggy chill Further on down by the rill Coming through a foggy swirl I can hear my Essex girl She’s calling me From the land to the sea From the town of East Tilbury To the lady of Leigh Oh Leigh I love you Where the fresh and briny meet Creek and gutway dyke and fleet Saltmarsh and German Sea Powerlines and industry Little gull and merlin bird Whistle wind and whisper word Fly into your mystery Sing your lowland history And ferry me Down the estuary From the town of East Tilbury To the lady of Leigh Oh Leigh I love you Fort and field and factory And the oil refinery Broken shell and tarnished pearl Essex girl my Essex girl
4.
Middle Saxon Town Way back in 1833 the navigators came To cut the earth and lay the first railways It was a feat of human workmanship Of the most stupendous kind George Stephenson he showed the world the way The Metro and the District put more steel into the ground And settlers came searching for a dream To leave the dirty city, paradise was almost found They built their houses on the village green And now it doesn’t have an east side West side, middle side or back And the roads go round forever Where it used to be a track There’s a little bit of Roman, Norman, underneath the ground I’ll try to tell the story of my middle Saxon town Up high upon a hill a famous school has done it’s trade From little boys great leaders there are made But we never wore that uniform, school fees were never paid Cos we only followed T Rex, Mud and Slade. And when it rained the water ran down gutters and down drains Into the brook, just like a poisoned vein Beside that little river cows once drank and folk would dream But we never saw a fish swim in that dirty stinking stream It doesn’t have an east side West side, middle side or back And the roads go round forever Where it used to be a track There’s a little bit of Roman, Norman, underneath the ground I’ll try to tell the story of my middle Saxon town Where I grew up to be a man In the heart of Metroland Then I went back to the city of stone Where my dad had his first home. The old shops and the businesses that stood on our parade Have struggled and no longer trade today The cinemas and swimming pools are mostely swept away The neat and new is fallen to decay. And as folks sell up new neighbours come from countries far away To weather and a welcome cold and grey For everyone there is a rising price they’ve got to pay For a place to live and love and work and pray. Still it doesn’t have an east side West side, middle side or back And the roads go round forever Where it used to be a track There’s a little bit of Roman, Norman, underneath the ground I’ve tried to tell the story of my middle Saxon town.
5.
There are fields beneath our feet Just below where we now stand On this busy avenue Once an apple orchard grew You can drive or fly away To the country far away But I’ll stay and I repeat There are fields beneath our feet In the night I fly around And see the lights shine far below From a grubby bit of town That I call my home But once upon a country time All the lights were in the sky ‘cept the lanterns moving slow ‘cross the fields beneath For a moment all is still And we’re almost all alone But it isn’t quiet yet Distant wheels still roll along Now the sirens break the spell And the city foxes yell Life is never oh so sweet There are fields beneath our feet You can drive or fly away To a country far away But I’ll stay and I repeat There are fields beneath our feet
6.
It ain’t so long since winter came Now spring is in the air Through summer sun and summer rain We had no time to share The leaves were green The leaves went gold Now all those leaves are gone I had to live without you And I tried to move along Long time, no see I was loster than a rooster up a tree Now the time has passed And so it has to be Long time, no see I have been a travelling Down old Hank’s lost highway I have been to Luckenbach And now I’m back to stay I’ve been a while a wandering This big old country wide I lost a little Charlie Rich But I kept my Charlie Pride Long time, no see I was loster than a rooster up a tree Now the time has passed And so it has to be Long time, no see January’s snowing February’s rain March with breezes blowing April sun again May’s a land of flowers June’s got dancing leaves Long lost lonely hours Now are bringing in the sheaves Long time, no see I was loster than a rooster up a tree Now the time has passed And so it has to be Long time, no see

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Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin’ Jim Morrison (Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla (The Rockingbirds), present The Alan Tyler Show. Their live show mines Tyler’s extensive repertoire of original songs recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his other solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan’s favourite artists, including Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. This Bandcamp mini-album features Alan’s previously unreleased “River Songs” which explore London’s country heritage; the hidden waterways and the “fields beneath” which enrich and breathe life into England’s capital city. A varied evening of English country music – The Alan Tyler Show!

credits

released March 17, 2015

Alan Tyler (vocals & guitar), Patrick Ralla (guitar, banjo & vocals), Jim Morrison (fiddle & mandolin).

Recorded at Bark Studio by Brian O'Shaughnessy.
Mastering at Famous Times.
www.alantyler.com. info@alantyler.com

Written by Alan Tyler (published by Bucks Music).

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Alan Tyler London, UK

Alan Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. He has also released albums withThe Lost Sons Of Littlefield, The Alan Tyler Show, and as a solo artist.

El Tapado is his new solo album, released on Hanky Panky Records in January 2018.
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