Pot and Tinker

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    The Confluence is a 12 track album featuring Sally Taylor, Richard Grace, Ryan Tews, Carmen O'Brien and Mandy Connell.

    Each artist leads a song (Vocals) and the CD features

    Tom Paine's Bones (Graham Moore
    Mad Tom of Bedlam (Arr Stray Hens. Tune by Nick Jones and Dave Moran)
    Diamantina Drover (Hugh McDonald)
    Song of the Inland Rain (Roger Montgomery / Jack Sorenson)
    (With Tune "The Confluence" by Ryan Tews
    The Dreadful End of Mariana For Sorcery (Karine Polwart)
    The Cruel Mother (Trad Arr Mandy Connell)
    Pot & Tinker (Mandy Connell)
    The Handweaver & THe factory Maid (Trad/ A L Lloyd)
    Riddles Wisely Expounded (Trad)
    Ballad Of Accounting (Ewan MacColl)
    The Recruited Collier (Trad Arr Mandy Stray Hens)

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about

Written by Mandy Connell for her father, the song was originally worked up for multiple voices and took shape at Nariel Folk Festival.

Workshopped with Jeff Lang as part of Charle's Jenkins' Push Songwriters initiative the original version had more verses and was much longer... and it was brutally pruned.

lyrics

Pot & Tinker (Lyrics)- ©Mandy Connell
I can make a pot, I’m a tinker and I can make a lock, I’m a fitter
I can build a boat, and row her; I can make a house from sleepers
I grew up in Essendon, deep in the heart of Melbourne
All the mods were chasing dreams: all they found were dragons
I spent a year in Langi-Kal, ‘fore I met your mother
Down on my knees in soap and suds; Polishing the floorboards

Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai dai da
Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai dai da
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da

I got out and started workin leather, went to work in plastic manufacture
Learned to build the tools to fix the motors, spare time I fixed my bosses jaguar
I went to live in Omeo where the hops and the tobacco grow:
20 years clean I can’t come home- if I did I’d still be tempted.


Darlin, don’t you know it’s worth the tears you cried, the letters penned?
I’m glad you made the visits though I did not understand
This room I’m sleeping in is creeping slowly earthward,
Loneliness is easier when love comes winging, you come singing
Darlin- keep the visits comin.

Heart attacks and valium, seizures when the pills don’t come
Ulcers when the drugs don’t work- how my hips and shoulders hurt
But once I could turn somersaults, and though I had so many faults
I loved you and your mother though I couldn’t find the words to say

Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai dai da
Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai Da, Dai dai da
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da

I can make a pot, I’m a tinker and I can make a lock, I’m a fitter
I can build a boat, and row her; I can make a house from sleepers
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da
Da dee da dee dee da dai de da da

Copyright © Mandy Connell

credits

from The Confluence, released December 2, 2016
Stray Hens-
Carmen O'Brien (Fiddle and Vocals)
Mandy Connell (Guitar and Vocals)
Sally Taylor (Fiddle and Vocals)
Ryan Tews (Drums)
Richard Grace (Double Bass)

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Stray Hens Melbourne, Australia

Three stunning frontwomen, on fiddles, vocal and guitar, backed by drums & double bass. No one in Australia is arranging folk revival songs with such passion. Complex harmonies, jazz & old-timey inspired rythms, & anceint anglo ballads create a theatrical show.
Formed in March 2013, & already booked for some of the country's Premier festivals, their debut EP has us anticipating the full album!
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