(Mc)Telling Tall Tales


 

Covers

Covers

 

The Man In Green

A deceptive little number. Actually a Knightley original composition it sounds so authentically Olde Worlde that, according to the Live at the RAH album, it has been adopted as a marching song by one of the English Civil War re-enactment societies.

(Note to the Knotted Seal and udder Civil War re-enactors, 'tis acshually a song about the Monmouth Rebellion which was several decades later. Mind you, with the state of education and information these days most people probably think the English Civil War ended when General Grant and a crack SWAT team tracked down General Lee's hideout and arrested him at his secret Gettysburg address!).

A perfect musical accompaniment for storming Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street, whichever tyrantís head you most feel like lopping off on the day.

Cold Frontier

Cold Frontier

 

The Preacher

Man meets God. And all is good. Then man meets woman.  And all becomes un-good.

Death and misery inevitably ensue Ö.. and in the song as well!

 

Cold Cuts

Cold Cuts

Beer, Knightley Ö again!

Seven Yellow Gypsies

A classic medieval morality play. A socially ambitious baron decides to upgrade his castle and hires a band of passing gypsies to tarmac his drawbridge. The baron is then called up to the England squad by the RFU for the Two Nations Championship (or the 100 Years War as it was then known). The baron gallops off and leaves his wife to provide tea and biccies for the builders.

The baron returns at half-time for a slice of orange and a change of armour, while his pit crew re-fuel his horse and switch to Bridgestone intermediate horseshoes to adjust to the increasingly wet conditions at Agincourt. The baron then discovers that while he was away his wife got bored and ran off with the gypsies. However, on the down side, they didnít finish the job on the drawbridge before they legged it!

 

The Path

The Path

Pendeen .... Been there!

 

The Setting/Mary From Dungloe

Ever heard about bands that split up due to Ďmusical differencesí? Now you can hear what that actually means and sounds like. Steve sets off determined to sing a rousing rendition of the Ralph McTell classic The Setting. (Yes, he did actually right more than just THAT song). After a couple of verses Phil begs to differ and when itís his turn, starts singing the traditional Irish folk tune Mary of Dungloe.

Not to be put off Steve returns to the fray with further verses from The Setting while Phil ploughs on regardless with Mary of Dungloe. Beats me how they do it as I canít even string together two consecutive notes, let alone perform two different songs simultaneously. The result is a dazzling Simon-esque and Garfunkel-ly convoluted harmonic dialogue.

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