Revelution!

by John D Revelator

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released 14 November 2014

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John D Revelator Edinburgh, UK

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John D Revelator are John Diment (guitar, mandolin, cigar box, whistles & accordion). Ann Diment (percussion, washboard & backing vocals). , Geraint Coll (Guitar) Smudge (bass & backing vocal) Other members Col Baird (guitar & backing vocals) & Nick Matthews (bass, guitar, drums in fact anything you can make a noise with & backing vocals!) ... more

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Track Name: Union Girl
Union Girl
G Em
When we first met I was young & foolish – she was NUS
D C G
Though I was just out of school I thought we should congress
With my knowledge of “Das Kapital” I knew she’d be impressed
I scored top Marx for politics when my Union Girl said “yes”

We made our resolutions we swore we’d be comrades
Those times behind the picket lines were the best I ever had
We talked of revolution and solidarity
Sought socialist solutions my Union Girl & me

Chorus
Am C G
So break out beer & sandwiches, let the old red flags unfurl
Am D C D G
I’l l stop my crying & recall the time when she was my Union Girl

All too soon all Socialist workers have to go to work
She took a job in management, I became a shop steward
She said “to beat your enemy, you have to sing his song”
It’s about that time it seemed to me it started going wrong

She turned Tory in a flash, it felt like overnight
She made an unseemly dash to do what she thought was right
Her head was turned by cold hard cash, she rendered me bereft
She shacked up with some stockbroker & now I’m all that’s left

Chorus
Instrumental “the red flag” !

Break (over hand claps)
Walesa, Gormley, Crowe & Benn – we’ll never see their likes again
Jimmy Reid, Aneurin Bevan - They’re all up there, to the left of Heaven

Shes living down in Essex now, somewhere near Basildon
I’ve lost my deposit, my marginal seat has swung
Though I crave her lower middle, the class war’s lost & won
She prefers the feel of Gucci on her heel to the thoughts of Mao Tse Tung
Ch x2
Huddled by the brazier, as the smoke billows & curls
My mind’s stuck on that picket line where she was my Union Girl
Track Name: Two Stroke (Landscaper's Lament)
2 Stroke (capo 2)

C F C
For all the artists and the musos, the drinkers and the lovers
C F G
With torn & tattered dreams and disappointed mothers
C F C
Trapped for all in eternity in passionately hated jobs
C Dm G C
A longing for what could’ve been & an irrational hatred of dogs

After a life of messed up interviews & missed opportunity
There’s a certain irony that keeps hounding me
In my dead end job I’ve worked like a dog to remain creatively free
Dm F G
It’s a bitch that I don’t write better songs than these

F C
Career progression & CPD are million miles away from me
F C G
An alternative reality that’s far removed from mine
F
And that 2 stroke chugs on dutifully
C Dm G C
My life force ebbs away from me as the strimmer hits the dogshit one more time

From the imagined safety of the gauze, I’ve time to repent
Pause to reflect on a work life utterly misspent
Chewing over past mistakes, misdemeanours & crimes
As the nettles bow down before the strimmer line

Outstanding in my field, I’m an expert I suppose
Though you’d never guess it by the state of my clothes
I’ve tried so hard to slip the leash, heaven knows
But at least these days I strim with my mouth closed

Chorus
Career progression & CPD are million miles away from me
An alternative reality that’s far removed from mine
And that 2 stroke chugs on dutifully
My life force ebbs away from me as the strimmer hits the dogshit one more time

Instrumental (over verse)

Am F C
I’m resolved to change this point of view, find a better job to do
Am F G7
Fulfil the potential that’s plain for all to see
Am F C
I’d tell my boss to stick his job, wipe the smile from his big fat gob
Am F G
Leave the bastard split lipped, upset & annoyed
Dm F G7
It’s just a shame that I am self employed

Career progression & CPD are million miles away from me
An Alternative reality that’s far removed from mine
And though that old 2 stroke still chugs away
I vow this is my final day and that the strimmer’s hit the dogshit one last time
Maybe the strimmer’s hit the dogshit one last time
Track Name: Party Drugs
Party Drugs
G
He says he’s going down the shed for quality time
D
We all know he’s really chopping a line
He’ll be outwardly exuberant & feeling fine
C G
But inside a little bits died

G D
See, Dad’s been doing party drugs again
He aint been this fucked, he aint took this much
C
Since I can’t think when
G D
Dad’s been doing party drugs again
His frontal lobe’s fucked & his septum’s a gone-er
He’s whiffed more sniff than Maradona
C G
Dad’s been doing party drugs again

Trying to recreate the 80’s Manchester scene
With silly hats, glow sticks & vapo-rub cream
The Mondays & the Roses & Primal Scream
Still “Mad for it” in his dreams

Dad’s been doing party drugs again
He aint been this fucked, he aint took this much
Since I can’t think when
Dad’s been doing party drugs again
His gone all gurney & his puils are swelling
The tell-tale signs of a twisted melon
Dad’s been doing party drugs again

Bm Am G
But when the party’s over & Blue Tuesday comes back round
Bm Am G
He’ll be sobbing uncontrollably, his chin scraping the ground
Bm Am G
He’ll be longing for the good times when Mum was still around
Bm Am D
And like a vain hope of fellatio, no succour can be found

Dad’s been doing party drugs again
He aint been this fucked, he aint took this much
Since I can’t think when
Dad’s been doing party drugs again
He cant stop shaking & sniffing & crying
He’s chewing like Fergie during extra time
Dad’s been doing party drugs again

Instrumental
(over Bm Am G x3 Bm Am D)

Yeah, Dad’s been doing party drugs again
He’s been this way since Mum fucked off with his best friend
Dad’s been doing party drugs again
D
Been piling down the pill s & the powders in the clubs
Mitsis, Meow-meow & little white Doves
But it just don’t matter how many drugs
C G
It still don’t kill the pain
Track Name: Kennard Middle Rhyne
Kennard Middle Rhyne

Guitar capo 5

Intro Em A7
Em G
Down with the frogs, mid the mud & the mussels
A7
Sits a sparkling stone of unusual lustre
Em G
All that’s left of love’s bluff & bluster
A7
A 9 carat ring with a fake diamond cluster

Em A7

Down in the depths in the back of beyond
Picked by the sticklebacks & spat by the swans
There was a time when this pretty ring
Was flashed around town on a delicate finger
Em A7
She was high & flighty in a festival haze
He tall & handsome in conventional ways
She fell in love on fine summer’s day
When she was out walking, he was making the hay
Em A7
Flaming love burned like fire fanned
By the following wind of a whirling romance
Round & round like a dervish dance
But it all turned round they never had a chance
Oh no…..
Em A7
A7 Em
But can you picture the scene?
G D
Going with the flow of love’s young dream
A7
Like the rushes & the duckweed in the lazy stream
Em G
Kissing on the sleeper bridge that crosses between
D A7
The lonely slopes on the banks of the Kennard Middle Rhyne

She promised togetherness, she promised everything
They went to the city for to buy her a ring
With her rocks & a smile sure her heart was singing
With dreams of family & wedding bells ringing

He promised her forever but he didn’t even try
She sat alone at home with tears in her eyes
Yet another morning when he hadn’t come back
She packed up her bags & said “that was that”
Oh no…..

But can you picture the scene?
The rude awakening from love’s young dream
Drowned in the water of the dirty stream
Crying on the sleeper bridge that crosses between
The lonely slopes on the banks of the Kennard Middle Rhyne

Em A7
Instrumental over chorus
Em A7 Em A7

She left him a note under the frying pan
Saying she’ gone back to find a better plan
She went back to where it all began
To fling that ring just as far as she can

On that bridge in the shadow of the Tor
Plagued by happy memories from years before
She took off the jewel for the final time
And played for a fool she kissed it goodbye
Oh no……

At the end of the dream
There was barely a shout there was narey a scream
Just a single teardrop in a sea of green
Just a “drip” & a “plop” to break the water’s sheen
By the lonely slopes on the banks of the Kennard Middle Rhyne

At the end of the dream
There was barely a shout there was narey a scream
Just a single teardrop in a sea of green
Just a “drip” & a “plop” to break the water’s sheen
By the lonely slopes on the banks of the Kennard Middle Rhyne
Em A7 Em A7 Em
Track Name: Australia
Australia

G C
We watched Skippy, Paul Hogan & Neighbours
G C
We met those distant relatives from Hobart
G C
We swore one day we’d take that trip down under
Am C D
To see teeming flocks of Budgies & Galahs

But time, tide & Oncology wait for no woman or man
We chased so many other dreams & other schemes & plans
We never found the spare time or a spare 2 or 3 grand
Now it seems we never ever can

Chorus
D C
It looks like we’ll never see Australia
C C
Like we always said we’re going to do
C Em C Em C D
The closest to the outback we ever got was a day at Bristol Zoo
D C
Where you’re going I hope there’s barbies, sun & sea & surf & sand
D C
I’ve come back from walkabout to hold your hand
D C
If you were just a day away I could cope OK
Am C D
But you’re going much farther than Van Dieman’s Land

I promise you one day I’ll make that trip down there
I’ll tell you all about it in my rambling tearful prayers
I’ll see Sydney. Darwin, Brisbane, Perth & Alice Springs
And the creek where the Kookaburra sings

We joked about the spiders that lurk beneath the pot
The jellyfish & sharks & sea snakes too
But to be bitten by a Taipan or swallowed by a Croc
Is so much betterthan whats happening to you

Chorus

Instrumental (over verse)
Break
C D
When I want to waltz with Matlida
C D
When I want to see that sun- a –rise
C D
I’ll have to dance alone there without ya
Am C D
And watch the dawn with tears in my eyes

Chorus
D C
I t looks like we’ll never see Australia….
Track Name: Three Black Crows
3 Black Crows capo 2

Intro Am E7 riffing
Verse 1
Am
Theres 3 black Crows sitting in the Ash tree
They’ve called a Corvid parliament to discuss me
E7
And when they’ve “caw-ed” concensus and they’ve reached their deathly pact
Am
They’ll ratify their bills until they’ve passed their special act

Verse 2
The first crow he wants all to know he’s pecking both my eyes
While next one he’s identified my tongue as his great prize
And the third he is a clever bird & he’ll sit bide his time
Until the gasses push the maggots out of my ass for him to dine

Pre chorus
C F G
They’ll pick and pull my carcass with their beaks of shining coal
C F G
Gorge on my decaying flesh and swallow tissues whole
C F G
Let them take their share cos I don’t care, there’s one thing that I know
F Dm G
They’ll never take my soul
F G C
They’ll never take my soul

Verse 3
Down at the bottom of the old graveyard there’s a fat & wily worm
He sits & he waits with a 1000 of his mates until he gets his turn
To pick the meat off of my bones as they wriggle and they squirm
Until my body has distintegrated & into dust returns

Pre chorus

Let mother natures undertakers and other sundry pests
Squabble over body parts that they think taste the best
Worms & maggots, carrion crows, granfers & all the rest
They’ll never take my soul
They’ll never take my soul

Chorus
F C
My soul soars with the skylark in his summer singing flight
F C
Not rotting deep down underground or with dark birds of the night
F C
And when I go I hope you know my spirit’s going to the light
F Dm G
They’ll never take my soul
F G C
They’ll never take my soul

Verse 4

Rich man poor man billionnaire or beggar on the dole
When you’re done gone the only difference is the depth of your grave hole
Or the wood that makes your casket or the letters on your stone
And as all we walk together hand in hand into that great unknown

Chorus
My soul soars with the skylark in his summer singing flight
Not rotting deep down underground or with dark birds of the night
And when I go I hope you know my spirit’s going to the light
Coz they’ll never take my soul
They'll never take my soul
Track Name: Stay Drunk!
Stay Drunk!
Capo IV – E blues

C

Now drinking in the morning’s alright by me
But they take a dim view in authority
F
It seems they’re most insistent on sobriety
C
When operating plant & machinery
The bank’s foreclosed cos my job’s gone away
I wont sit down moping round the house all day
F G
Beg a penny or a shekel or a euro or a cent or a dime
F G C
Or steal what it takes to stay drunk all the time


All the great romances & heroines kissed
Royal love affairs & classical myths
Courtly love & sexual bliss
All came about cos they’re all half pissed
If you’re up all night drinking from the loving cup
She wont be so lovely once you’ve sobered up
If your convictions are anything like mine
You’ll take my advice & stay drunk all the time

F
Over 1000s of years of human history
C
Great strides have been made after 2 or maybe 3
F
Cos science, medicine & discovering new lands
C
Cant be carried out by shaking hands
C
The guilt & the shame & the hangover
Are what separate the pro from the amateur
F G
Headaches & shakes can be avoided if you’re so inclined
F C G
One simple step – stay drunk all the time

Instrumental
Slow tremolo
C
Well I had me a wife & I loved her dear
As to where she is now I’m not exactly clear
F G
No forwarding address, it’s like she fled the scene of a crime
F G C
She just left me a note that read “Stay Drunk All The Time!”

Whistle/Kazoo
Track Name: The Best Thing
The Best Thing

F
I’ve 2 strong arms to hold you tight & keep you from harm on the darkest of nights
Bb F
Though I’m not a fighter, I’d fight to the end for you
I’ve qualifications, diplomas, degrees from august institutions & academies
Certified by universities if ever you need to see proof

Dm F C
Any claims that I make. wether honest or fake are only there to hide the truth
I could set out my stall, try to fool them all but really what’s the use

Bb F C
When all are agreed & I’m proud to concede that in all likelihood it is true
Gm Bb C F
That the best thing about me is you

I’m no DiCaprio, Clooney or Pitt, a face from a Crimewatch Photofit
I try to make up with my sparkling wit & sometimes that’s what I do
My sporting prowess is legend in my mind but my best football days are now decades behind me
Those premiership scouts must all’ve been blind, my potential was spotted by you

Any claims that I make. wether honest or fake are only there to hide the truth
I could set out my stall, try to fool them all but really what’s the use

It’s the word on the street & everyone you meet subscribes to the same point of view
The best thing about me is you

Instrumental (over FBbF x4, C,Bb x2 then return to F)

Dm
The best thing
F
The best thing
Dm
The best thing
F
The best thing
Gm Bb C
The best thing about me is you


All are agreed & I’m proud to concede that in all likelihood it is true
It’s the word on the street & everyone you meet subscribes to the same point of view
Gm Bb C
The best thing about me is you
Gm Bb C F
The best thing about me is you
Track Name: A Curse on the Bandstand
A curse on the bandstand (waltz)

Intro

Verse 1
F Dm F
A curse on the bandstand that stands in the Rec
F C
Where first I kissed you & we always met
F Dm F
I felt like a king there with you by my side
F C
A curse on the bandstand & the tears in my eyes

Verse 2
A curse on the roundabouts, the swings and the slides
Where we’d laugh together on warm summer nights
The taste of your lipstick and Marlboro lights
A curse on the bandstand for making me cry

Chorus
Bb F
Oft times alone, I go back there for torture
Bb C
Sit on my own there & dream dreams of you
F Dm F
But you’re far way and in love with another
F C
I’m on the bandstand lonely and blue

Instrumental

Verse 3
A curse on the bandstand and the memories that haunt me.
Your school summer dress and your eyes of blue
Those cruel words still come back to taunt me
A curse from this mouth that broke us in two

Bb F
I’d cut out this tongue for it’s foolish behaviour
Bb C
The cruel and unusual things that it said
F Dm F
By the time I’d stopped cursing, I’d said what I’d said to you
F C
My tongue stopped wagging but our love was dead

Instrumental
Verse 4
I f I had my way, I’d take a bulldozer
Knock down the bandstand and haul it away
Smash up the playpark & grass it all over
So the memories wont hurt me till my dying day

Verse 5/reprise
A curse on the bandstand that stands in the Rec
Where first I kissed you & we always met
I felt like a king there with you by my side
A curse on the bandstand & the tears in my eyes
Track Name: Sunshine
G
On the weather forecast there’s an isobar chart
C
Yellow storm warning with the rain about to start
G D
And we’d all run for cover if we were even half smart
G
I’ll spare thought for those in peril on the sea
F A7
Biscay, Rockall, Digger & Cromarty
G Am D G
But there’s still 1000 millibars & a high above my heart

Chorus
G
Let the rain fall down on this old hick town,
C
Till the rats down the bottom of the drain get drowned
G D
And the puddles and the floods swallow up the sodden ground
G
Let the water wash the top of my head till it shines
C A7
Steaming up my shades till I’m nearly blind
G Am D G
Cos when I’m with you I got sunshine on my mind

V2
Outside the temperatures minus fifteen
I’m chipping at the ice inside the windscreen
But the wild winter weather just don’t bother me
Though in February’s chill everything looks dead
As long as we’re together, I got August in my head
I just need your loving & it’s 25 degrees

Chorus

Instrumental


Break
C G
There’s a big fat high & deep blue skies sitting over the Azores
C A7 D
But back here at home in more temperate zone the rain just pours & pours
C G
Your love everyday just takes me away to those tropical Atlantic shores
C Am C D
So let the gutters over run, I’ll just bask in the sun of love of the one I adore

Chorus