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Slaves
Words William S. Villiers Sankey, Music Benji Kirkpatrick
Sankey’s poems, ‘Ode’ and ‘To Working Men of Every Clime’ are parodies of Percy Bysshe Shelley's ‘Song to the Men of England’, but at was common in Victorian literature, as tribute rather than satire. Shelley’s radical and progressive work was greatly admired by, and had a lasting influence on the Chartist movement, of which Sankey was an influential leader in Scotland. The texts were published in leading Chartist newspaper The Northern Star on 29th February and 28th November, 1840, then again in 1956 Y. V. Kovalev's An Anthology of Chartist Literature in Soviet Union-era Moscow.

Foul Weather Call
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From the manuscript book of the Welch family of Bosham, West Sussex (c.1800), the hop-step tune was first published in 1982 by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in The Sussex Tunebook.

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Slaves
Words William S. Villiers Sankey, Music Benji Kirkpatrick

Men of England you are slaves,
Though you quell the roaring waves.
Though you boast by land and sea,
That Britons everywhere are free.

Men of England you are slaves,
Bought by tyrants, sold by knaves.
Yours the toil, the sweat and pain,
Theirs the profit, the ease and gain.

Men of England you are slaves,
Beaten by the policeman’s staves.
If their force you dare repel,
Yours shall be the prison cell.

Men of England you are slaves,
Even the House of Commons craves,
From the crown on bended knee.
That it’s motions may be free.

Men of England you are slaves,
Hark the stormy tempest raves.
Tis the nation’s voice I hear,
Shouting, “Liberty is near”.

Europe’s people one and all,
Rise up at your brethren’s call.
Shouting loud from sea to sea,
“Ours shall be the Victory”.

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from Death and Other Animals, released October 7, 2016
Benji Kirkpatrick - voice, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin
Saul Rose – voice, melodeons
Paul Sartin - voice, oboe, cor anglais, violin

Recorded at Halsway Manor
Engineered by Rupert Christie
Produced By Rupert Christie
Mixed by Sam Burden at Empire Record Studios
Mastered by Nick Cooke at Pure Records

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