Sunday Morning Coming Down

So, the manifestos are out, and what have we learned?

Labour, who were central left until Corbyn took over, have placed themselves even further to the left. The Conservatives, when they aren’t absorbing every policy UKIP policy – which would put them firmly to the right – have adopted not just the old Labour policy about the energy cap I mentioned last week, but also have attacked pensioners by modifying an old Labour policy (in the 2015 election, Labour said they’d take the winter fuel allowance off the top 5% of pensioners, this time around the Conservatives have just said they’ll take it off all of them), and of course, have just reiterated their pledge to reduce migration (the same thing they’ve made for the past seven years, just with the goal-posts moved a little further away every time).

It’s confusing; the Conservatives seem to be positioning themselves more centre left, but then you read the stuff about fox-hunting, about robbing school children of their free lunches, and of, basically, giving up on the NHS and you wonder where they actually sit on the political spectrum. Wherever it is, I’m sure it’s a strong and stable position.

Johnny has an allegorical explanation:

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Johnny Cash – The One on the Right is on the Left

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Now, I did say today’s song wouldn’t be any more cheerful…

I think I got this from regular reader George’s old blog, but he says it may have been Charity Chic that posted it.

Either way, thanks, and here’s another fine entry into the “Song Titles Which Only Occur in Country Music” catalogue:

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Robbie Fulks – She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)

Splendid use of the brackets there, by the way.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

When I first started writing these Sunday morning posts, the idea was to post songs with a general Sunday morning vibe. It soon became apparent that most of the songs were Country ones, and so it evolved into the Country-centric thread you see now.

Key to that evolution, was positive comments I received when I posted a couple of songs by this guy, and so, since I’m a little short of time this week – literally taking a break from packing my bag to go away as I write this – here’s the song that kicked that change off:

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Charley Pride – Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Before I go any further, a thank you to you all. You are quite the politest bunch of readers that I could ask for.

What makes me say that? Well, last week I posted John Prine’s “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”, despite having posted the very same song in the very same thread about six weeks earlier, and not one of you was impolite enough to mention it. So, spry about that, and thank you.

Now, to today’s song, which has most definitely never appeared here before.

The other night, BBC4 once again showed “Last Orders”, the documentary about Chas & Dave. If you’ve never seen it before, then try and catch it sometime if you can, irrespective of whether you like their music or not.

Because one of the most fascinating things that you’ll learn is the history that the duo had before they found fame.

Take Chas Hodges, for example: for many years a jobbing session musician, he worked with legendary producer Joe Meek, played with Mike Berry and The Outlaws along with Richie Blackmore in pre-Deep Purple/Rainbow days, with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent.

Chas is best known for playing the piano, but he’s also an accomplished guitar, bass, violin and banjo player. And it was the bass and the violin that he played whilst in Heads Hands & Feet, along with guitar legend Albert Lee.

And this is them:

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Of course, when I bemoaned the lack of good songs about Easter the other day, I was intentionally overlooking the wealth of songs which can be found in Country music.

This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the history of Country music is irrevocably entwined with that of Gospel music, so here’s a couple to enhance your Easter Sunday.

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” is believed to have been composed by African-American slaves, for it can be traced back to 1899, to the source of many  such songs: William Eleazar Barton’s “Old Plantation Hymns”.

It’s also reported to be one of Mahatma Ghandi’s favourite songs.

So, y’know, what’s good from the source is good for the Ghandi.

(I know, it doesn’t quite work, that one, does it?)

Here’s the biggest star that Country music ever produced covering it:

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Johnny Cash – Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)

Cash was of course a deeply spiritual and religious man, so it’s no surprise either to find this standard nestling in his back catalogue:

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Johnny Cash – The Old Rugged Cross

I’m guessing that whoever drew that picture of Cash was probably the same person who designed the bust of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo which made the news recently. See if you can spot the difference… :

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

This morning, another entry into the canon of song titles that you would only find in Country music, by a chap whose back catalogue I am still exploring (not a euphemism).

I think this is probably more of a Saturday night than a Sunday morning song, unless you start early, that is:

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John Prine – Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You

That is all.

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