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A good folk band - but is this just an instance of the establishment trying to give 'awkwards' the impression that their voice is being heard - seen it in Wales over the years - "if they're causing trouble lets chuck some fame / money at them! Seems to work too, but Steve and Phil are too wise to be hoodwinked in my opinion!

G

http://www.showofhands.co.uk/

COUNTRY LIFE MAKES IT TO WESTMINSTER

The message in one of Show of Hands’s best known songs, Country Life, will reach the door of Government on June 12.

Two years after Steve Knightley penned the controversial lyrics about the decline of English rural life, it will be heard by Government ministers and MPs at the Westminster launch of a powerful new film by the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), which Steve will attend.

Country Life has been selected as the soundtrack for a film called Hidden Voices – Rural Disadvantage, which turns the spotlight on the hopes and concerns of people living and working in the countryside.

People living in the Peak District, Suffolk, Norfolk, Sussex and Herefordshire were interviewed for the film, produced by the Rural Media Company. Says Jacqui Cuff, CRC project manager for the film: “We chose to use parts of Country Life because it perfectly captures the issues we found when we carried out our study of rural disadvantage and collected people’s first-hand accounts of the problems they faced on issues such as lack of jobs, the closing of shops, post offices and pubs and a lack of affordable housing.

“The film accompanies a report detailing facts and figures about rural disadvantage and will be shown to ministers, MPs and rural stakeholders to emphasise that concerted action needs to be taken now to ensure we address the needs of people in rural areas.”

Steve says: “We’re really pleased to be able to support this film which highlights many of the issues we flagged up in Country Life. So many fans immediately seemed to empathise with its sentiments – now I hope it helps get the message home to the people who can really do something about it.”

Country Life has also been used as a backing track for a recently released partner film by the CRC, Rural Housing – A Place in the Countryside, which recorded the voices of over 800 people who took part in a Rural Housing inquiry – from young families in need of housing to businesses finding it hard to recruit to local rural jobs.

For this film, people in eight English regions were interviewed, including Kingsbridge in the South West – one of 40 English place names mentioned in the new album, Witness.

Hidden Voices – Rural Disadvantage will be launched in London on

Monday, June 12. After this date, it can be viewed at the website www.ruralcommunities.gov.uk

Country Life (Knightley)

Working in the rain cutting up wood

Didn't do my little brother much good

Lost two fingers in a chainsaw bite

All he does now is drink and fight

Sells a bit of grass hots up cars

Talks of travel never gets far

Loves his kids left his wife

An everyday story of country life

And the red brick cottage where I was born

Is the empty shell of a holiday home

Most of the year there's no-one there

The village is dead and they don't care

Now we live on the edge of town

Haven't been back since the pub closed down

One man's family pays the price

For another man's vision of country life

My old man is eighty four

His generation won the war

He left the farm forever when

They only kept on one in ten

Landed gentry county snobs

Where were you when they lost their jobs

No-one marched or subsidised

To save a country way of life

Silent fields empty lanes

Drifting smoke distant flames

Picture postcard hills on fire

Cattle burning in funeral pyres

Out to graze they look so sweet

We hate the blood we want the meat

Buy me a beer I'll take my knife

Cut you a slice of country life

If you want cheap food well here's the deal

Family farms are brought to heel

Hammer blows of size and scale

Foot and mouth the final nail

The coffin of our English dream

Lies out on the village green

While agri-barons CAP in hand

Strip this green and pleasant land

Of meadow, woodland, hedgerow, pond

What remains gets built upon

No trains, no jobs,

No shops, no pubs.

What went wrong

Country life

It’s a little bit of country life

Steve Knightley- vocals, mandocello, bass

Phil Beer - vocals, fiddle, slide guitar

Matt Clifford – keyboards

Paul Wilson – melodeon

Roy Martin – drums

Brian Dickenson - harmonica

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A good folk band - but is this just an instance of the establishment trying to give 'awkwards' the impression that their voice is being heard - seen it in Wales over the years - "if they're causing trouble lets chuck some fame / money at them! Seems to work too, but Steve and Phil are too wise to be hoodwinked in my opinion!

G

http://www.showofhands.co.uk/

COUNTRY LIFE MAKES IT TO WESTMINSTER

The message in one of Show of Hands’s best known songs, Country Life, will reach the door of Government on June 12.

Two years after Steve Knightley penned the controversial lyrics about the decline of English rural life, it will be heard by Government ministers and MPs at the Westminster launch of a powerful new film by the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), which Steve will attend.

Country Life has been selected as the soundtrack for a film called Hidden Voices – Rural Disadvantage, which turns the spotlight on the hopes and concerns of people living and working in the countryside.

People living in the Peak District, Suffolk, Norfolk, Sussex and Herefordshire were interviewed for the film, produced by the Rural Media Company. Says Jacqui Cuff, CRC project manager for the film: “We chose to use parts of Country Life because it perfectly captures the issues we found when we carried out our study of rural disadvantage and collected people’s first-hand accounts of the problems they faced on issues such as lack of jobs, the closing of shops, post offices and pubs and a lack of affordable housing.

“The film accompanies a report detailing facts and figures about rural disadvantage and will be shown to ministers, MPs and rural stakeholders to emphasise that concerted action needs to be taken now to ensure we address the needs of people in rural areas.”

Steve says: “We’re really pleased to be able to support this film which highlights many of the issues we flagged up in Country Life. So many fans immediately seemed to empathise with its sentiments – now I hope it helps get the message home to the people who can really do something about it.”

Country Life has also been used as a backing track for a recently released partner film by the CRC, Rural Housing – A Place in the Countryside, which recorded the voices of over 800 people who took part in a Rural Housing inquiry – from young families in need of housing to businesses finding it hard to recruit to local rural jobs.

For this film, people in eight English regions were interviewed, including Kingsbridge in the South West – one of 40 English place names mentioned in the new album, Witness.

Hidden Voices – Rural Disadvantage will be launched in London on

Monday, June 12. After this date, it can be viewed at the website www.ruralcommunities.gov.uk

Country Life (Knightley)

Working in the rain cutting up wood

Didn't do my little brother much good

Lost two fingers in a chainsaw bite

All he does now is drink and fight

Sells a bit of grass hots up cars

Talks of travel never gets far

Loves his kids left his wife

An everyday story of country life

And the red brick cottage where I was born

Is the empty shell of a holiday home

Most of the year there's no-one there

The village is dead and they don't care

Now we live on the edge of town

Haven't been back since the pub closed down

One man's family pays the price

For another man's vision of country life

My old man is eighty four

His generation won the war

He left the farm forever when

They only kept on one in ten

Landed gentry county snobs

Where were you when they lost their jobs

No-one marched or subsidised

To save a country way of life

Silent fields empty lanes

Drifting smoke distant flames

Picture postcard hills on fire

Cattle burning in funeral pyres

Out to graze they look so sweet

We hate the blood we want the meat

Buy me a beer I'll take my knife

Cut you a slice of country life

If you want cheap food well here's the deal

Family farms are brought to heel

Hammer blows of size and scale

Foot and mouth the final nail

The coffin of our English dream

Lies out on the village green

While agri-barons CAP in hand

Strip this green and pleasant land

Of meadow, woodland, hedgerow, pond

What remains gets built upon

No trains, no jobs,

No shops, no pubs.

What went wrong

Country life

It’s a little bit of country life

Steve Knightley- vocals, mandocello, bass

Phil Beer - vocals, fiddle, slide guitar

Matt Clifford – keyboards

Paul Wilson – melodeon

Roy Martin – drums

Brian Dickenson - harmonica

Spent a pleasant weekend camping in the Gower... first conversation with a local farm worker and unprompted he came out with how high the property prices were.

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A good folk band - but is this just an instance of the establishment trying to give 'awkwards' the impression that their voice is being heard - seen it in Wales over the years - "if they're causing trouble lets chuck some fame / money at them! Seems to work too, but Steve and Phil are too wise to be hoodwinked in my opinion!

G

http://www.showofhands.co.uk/

Great band. I've seen them live a few times and you're right - Steve and Phil are far too wise to be hoodwinked! There is no way that holiday homes/second homes can be defended.

If you get a chance to see them folks, do - you won't be disappointed. :)

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Said that to a Labour Goon at the Welsh Assembly - "Oh you're just saying that cos you're racist - I'm a socialist and as soon as you start talking about 'them and us' you've become a fascist" grunt grunt grunt

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Said that to a Labour Goon at the Welsh Assembly - "Oh you're just saying that cos you're racist - I'm a socialist and as soon as you start talking about 'them and us' you've become a fascist" grunt grunt grunt

Good God! Half of them wouldn't be able to hold their own in a debate about political philosophy at all. Would he have been able to define the terms he used? I bet not. :rolleyes:

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