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Subject: harvey andrews msic
From: janey
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 06:28 PM

Can somebody explain to why I can't find the music for any of the songs composed by Harvey Andrews.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 06:37 PM

Harvey is a MudCatter so try a P M to him to ask for sources for his music.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 04:29 PM

Try his website,Janey.
http://www.harveyandrews.com/index.htm


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 03:49 PM

Just a warning. Although Harvey is verry excessible he believe in being paid for his work. Most of the lyrics on the net are very innacurate.

Rick


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: harvey andrews
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 07:57 PM

Rick, you got me wrong there friend!You're right about the innacuracies, but wrong about my motivation. I only expect what every worker expects, to be paid for their labour...ie..gigs and cd's. Lyrics are essential if people wish to sing the songs and you know my thoughts on that..a song not sung is a dead song (Hi lily, hi lily, hi lo!) If I had the time I'd put all my lyrics up on my website, but this damn computer can gobble up a lot of your life if you let it. Having just moved house a few days ago I've not got things up and running properly yet so I have not replied to Janey. (Hi Janey!)However, I should say that the notation of my songs has not been published for 30 years! Like many songwriters I can't read or write music and without a publishing house to do it for me I've never bothered to get the notes done, leaving people to learn the songs from the cds and the lyrics from the booklet. Sometimes people request chords and I try to reply promptly, but again it's all time. I keep promising words and chords on the website but it's TIME...and I should be recording the next album, writing the next song, driving to the next gig, painting the hallway, feeding the displaced cat, reading the book I just bought,enjoying the sunshine,meeting new neighbours,...in the words of the blessed Lord Buckley...."He can't do all that jazz!!"
But I'll keep trying.
No matter how time sits on me, I still give a thought for you each day. And for Heather. Give her our love.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: GUEST,Willa
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 10:43 AM

Here are some lyrics I noted down from my copy of 'The Gift'. I hope they're correct, Harvey.

Anon
Harvey Andrews         'The Gift'

There's no name on the stone I sleep under today, there's no book that can tell of my time.
But you know me so well when you sing roundelay, or you're singing my song and my rhyme.
I am Anon, you know me that way, I had something to say about life in my day.
So I made a song, and somewhere the sound of it goes round and round, to be lost and then found.
And that is the way that life is, that is the way it is, with song.

It was in the alehouse, I would sing with the rest, then I made up a tune of my own.
And a full harvest moon put the words in my head as I trudged 'cross the fields to my home.
When I sang it next day, my friends asked me how did I find my own song in the blade of my plough.
So I asked in return how the stonemasons saw a sweet face in the stone on the old quarry floor.
They asked 'Is that the way that it is?' I said 'That is the way that it is for me.'

So they learned every word, and they sang every not, till my song was a work of renown.
And within a six-month I heard boys from the school whistling my tune in the town.
And I smiled when I heard what came out of the sky, coming out from a child as he quickly ran by.
Would it pass from a child when as father he'd sing to a child of his own? Who'd believe such a thing?
But that is the way that life is. That is the way it is , with time.

It was twenty years gone when our parson came home from a journey he'd made far away.
He shook my hand hard, said the inn where he stayed had some men who sang there every day.
He'd listened with joy as one, with a bow, sang the song that I'd found in the blade of my plough.
So he told them my name, but they said that the song was as old as the hills, and our parson was wrong.
I asked 'Is that the way that it is?' He said 'That is the way it is, my son.'

So I worked and I ploughed till my bones bowed and bent, I made up no more verses to sing.
And it seemed that my life had been wasted and spent on the curses my hard day would bring.
Soon death came to call, with a voice that said 'Now!' And the song that I'd found on the blade of my plough
Leapt from my heart, as I journeyed on, and I knew it would live, even though I was gone.
That is the way that it is, that is the way it is, with song.

There's no names on the stones we sleep under today, there's no books that can tell of our time.
But you know us so well when you sing roundelay, or you're singing our tunes and our rhymes.
We are Anon, you know us that way, we had something to say about life in our day.
So we made out songs and somewhere the sounds of them
Goes round and round to be lost and then found.
But that is the way that it is, that is the way it is, with song.


The Song                 Harvey Andrews                 (CD The Gift)

I was raised like most on Rock and Roll, and Elvis was The King
Then washboards and those thrash guitars made skiffle seem the thing.
But deep inside I always knew that I did not belong,
And my life would not have been complete if it wasn't for the song.

Then one night on the radio came ballads good and fine.
They told me of the herring shoals, the Old Grey Funnel line.
I vowed I'd learn their every word and sing them loud and strong.
And my life would not have been so sweet if it wasn't for the song.

I found a club, and every week I'd take the bus up West.
I'd sing out with the Spinners, and McColl and all the rest.
And there I met the girl who's been my partner all life long.
But our lives would not have been complete, if it wasn't for the song.

And with the kids we took our tent to Cherry Hinton Hall.
We heard the best the world could send to entertain us all.
To festivals we went each year and joined the happy throng,
And our lives would not have been complete if it wasn't for the song.

For forty years, our club has been the place for all to come.
At first we had no instruments, but now there's bass and drum.
There's some who say our day is past, they may be right or wrong,
But their lives can never be complete , if they don't have the song.


Chorus
Songs to make you dance and sing
Songs to make you sigh,
Songs to make you laugh, or bring
A tear to your eye.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: harvey andrews
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 07:05 PM

Hi Willa..that's fascinating. Below are the original lyrics. I've had to make something like 20 corrections, one or two of which are important to the meaning of the songs. I shall use this example in a songwriting workshop I'm doing in France in the summer. It's a perfect illustration of the folk process in action as you're posting the lyrics as the first remove from the original and already there are many changes. However, if you took them from the cd you'd have the original lyrics in the booklet so is this an example of a transcript taken from a tape, or a cd copy that has no booklet? I'm not trying to catch you out here, I'm genuinely curious as to how the process begins.

Anon
Harvey Andrews         'The Gift'

There's no name on the stone I sleep under today, there's no book that can tell of my time.
But you know me so well when you sing roundelay, for you're singing my tune and my rhyme.
I am "Anon", you know me that way, I had something to say about life in my day.
So I made a song, and somewhere the sound of it goes round and round, to be lost and then found.
And that is the way that life is, that is the way it is, with songs.

It was in the alehouse, I would sing with the rest, then I made up a tune of my own.
And a full harvest moon put the words in my head as I trudged 'cross the fields to my home.
When I sang it next day, my friends asked me how did I find my own song in the blade of my plough.
So I asked in return how the stonemason saw a sweet face in the stone on the old quarry floor.
They asked 'Is that the way that it is?' I said 'That is the way it is for me.'

So they learned every word, and they sang every note, till my song was a work of renown.
And within a six-month I heard boys from the school whistling my tune in the town.
And I smiled when I heard what came out of the sky, coming now from a child as he quickly ran by.
Would it pass from that child when as father he'd sing to a child of his own? Who'd believe such a thing?
But that is the way that life is. That is the way it is , with time.

It was twenty years gone when our parson came home from a journey he'd made far away.
He shook my hand hard, said the inn where he'd stayed had some men who sang there every day.
And he'd listened with joy as one, with a bow, sang the song that I'd found in the blade of my plough.
So he told them my name, but they said that my song was as old as the hills, and our parson was wrong.
I asked 'Is that the way that it is?' He said 'That is the way it is, my son.'

So I worked and I ploughed till my bones bowed and bent, I made up no more verses to sing.
And it seemed that my life had been wasted and spent on the curses my hard day would bring.
Soon death came to call, with a voice that cried 'Now!' And the song that I'd found in the blade of my plough
Leaped from my heart, as I journeyed on, and I knew it would live, even though I was gone.
And that is the way that it is, that is the way it is, for us all.

There's no names on the stones we sleep under today, there's no books that can tell of our time.
But you know us so well when you sing roundelay, for you're singing our tunes and our rhymes.
We are "Anon", you know us that way, we had something to say about life in our day.
So we made out songs and somewhere the sound of them
Goes round and round to be lost and then found.
And that is the way that it is, that is the way it is, with songs.


The Song                Harvey Andrews                (CD The Gift)

I was raised like most on Rock and Roll, and Elvis was The King
Then washboards and those thrashed guitars made skiffle seem the thing.
But deep inside I always felt that I did not belong,
And my life would not have been complete if it wasn't for the song.

Then one night on the radio came ballads good and fine.
They told me of the herring shoals, the Old Grey Funnel line.
I vowed I'd learn their every word, and sing them loud and strong.
And my life would not have been so sweet if it wasn't for the song.

I found a club, and every week I'd take the bus up West.
I'd sing out with the Spinners, and McColl and all the rest.
And there I met the girl who's been a partner my life long.
But our lives would not have been so sweet, if it wasn't for the song.

And with the kids we took our tent to Cherry Hinton Hall.
And we saw the best the world had sent to entertain us all.
To festivals we went each year and joined the happy throng,
And our lives would not have been so sweet if it wasn't for the song.

For forty years, our folk club's been a place where all could come.
We started with no instruments, but now there's bass and drum.
There's some who say our day is past, they may be right or wrong,
But their lives will never be complete , if they don't have the song.


Chorus
Songs to make you dance and sing
Songs to make you sigh,
Songs to make you laugh, or bring
A tear to your eye.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews msic
From: John Routledge
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 07:13 PM

Reading words to The song brings back memories of Harvey singing at The Open Door Folk Extravaganza in Failsworth a few moths ago. Great night.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: harvey andrews
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 07:16 PM

a few moths ago.

Thanks John...they're all over my windscreen!


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: John Routledge
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 07:17 PM

:0)


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: harvey andrews
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 07:18 PM

Sorry...couldn't resist.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: 8_Pints
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 08:18 PM

Ah yes, I remember it well!

Thanx for a great night Harvey.

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 05:08 PM

Harvey, would it help if we posted our lyrics here or to you directly for you to correct and put on your website? I've put several on My Songbook - taken down from your own recordings where available, but some I've only got in someone else's version. I could combine them in one file and send them over.


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: harvey andrews
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 06:23 PM

It's not really a matter of typing them out, though that soaks up time..it's putting in the chords. Actually I'm prevaricating. I really need a little time to enjoy myself. Being self-employed means you have to decide when you work and when you relax. After nearly 40 years I'd like to relax a little more but this damned machine has a siren call. Mudcat's my little piece of action. I answered twenty three E mails today and there's still another fifteen to do. I will get round to a lyrics and chords section of the website...eventually. Thanks for your offer Susanne. If I don't do it soon...remind me!


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Subject: RE: harvey andrews music
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 07:27 PM

You're welcome to a little leisure! Meanwhile we'll make do with what we've got.


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