I Hope You Like It

words and music by Paul Spencer, 2014

              C                         F       C              Dm        G                 F                        G
1. This love I have for you I hope you like it though it’s mostly second-hand,
.            F                        C              F                      C                 G
But I cleaned it up like new and I wrapped it with a lovely rubber band,
.                  F                        C                       G                            F
And it’s from so many places, so you may detect some traces,
.            Am                         G                    Am         G
Of the way that it’s been passed from hand to hand,
.   C                 Dm  G  C
I hope you’ll understand.

2. When we quietly sit together that’s a love my brother gave me long ago,
Though I’m floating like a feather, it’s a love that doesn’t have to be on show,
And when I treat you as a team-mate, and I tell you every dream I have,
I learnt that from my sister first you know,
Such a gift she did bestow.

3. Some simple praise to save me that’s a love I got once from a high-school friend,
Or the love my Grandma gave me that I’m giving back to her now till the end,
I could name so many others, all my family friends and lovers,
Who gave me all this love I’ve got to spend,
And to share with you my friend.

4. So when you’re struck with sadness and you’re sulking like we all can sometimes do,
And I know it would be madness if I start being cross and grumpy too,
Then if sometimes I remember not to rise up in a temper,
But to speak the love that underneath is true,
That’s a love I learnt from you.

27-28 September, Leard Forest Listen Up

The Leard Forest Listen Up #3:
A DIY Bush Blockade concert and Arts Festival

27th – 30th September, 2013
Leard State Forest near Boggabri NSW

2-30 September, Leard Forest, near Boggabri NSW

27-30 September, Leard Forest, near Boggabri NSW

This is going to be a weekend of ace performance at the Front Line Action on Coal Camp
http://frontlineaction.wordpress.com/
http://leardforestlistenup.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/533019453432787

Mining corporations Whitehaven and Idemitsu have been permitted to turn an ecologically important slice of state forest and surrounds, into three vast open cut mines. Draining the water table, destroying farmland and forest. Local farmers, Traditional owners and the forest blockaders have been campaigning to halt the expanding mines.

“The Leard Forest Listen Up” Gig is unnerving and awesome performances taking place in a stunning forest, at the powerful site of a direct action blockade.

Golden Orb
10th Man
Les Baggatelles
PaulSpencer
Tillerman
Gabrielle Brennan
Shayne Hunter
PauMan
Spencer Morton
Sean Walker
Back Deck
Gabi Bloom
Miriam Jones of CatGut
Alex McInnis
Lucky Luke
Anandan McEwen
The Loudest Choir in the World

Without action this forest will be further destroyed. Coal chaos affects our everyday, whether it’s our health, our homes or the opportunities available to us within an economy prostrate to the mining dollar. This gig will celebrate the land and is an opportunity for people to come out, enjoy and support the camp.

Chalk Board Sesh
Tours of the Leard State Forest!
Running Saturday Morning the 28th

Want to Perform?
leardforestlistenup@gmail.com
Or Facebook Message us facebook.com/LeardForestListenUp
We will have a Mobile Recording Studio too!

Check the Video of the first one.

Bring your own Camping Gear
Bring Food To Share

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Our returning Favourites 10th Man (artists formerly known as PorkNuckle) are in the abc Exhumed competition. check the out and please vote! http://www.10thman.com.au/
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/exhumed/bands/

Transport to the Leard State Forest:

Sydney: Country Link is your best bet.
Get the Train to Boggabri from Central and give camp a call.
There will be a crew heading from Sydney on the trains stay in touch to get there together. PM Zoe Jeanne Burrell to head up together.

By Paul Spencer Posted in Gigs

4th October, Illawarra Folk Club

Friday October 4th, 2013
7.30 pm
Illawarra Folk Club
City Diggers Club,
82 Church St Wollongong

Members $10 | Non-Members $15 Youth (12-16) $5 | Child (U12) free

One of the folk club’s regular formats is the “5-pack”
Come and see

Bitchpick – “handpicked bluegrass featuring multipart harmony singing”

Ann Roxborough – Bathurst singer/guitarist

Paul Spencer – “relentless and cheerful folk satire”
https://paul-spencer.net/

and more on this excellent club night.

September 22 – Gloucester

Sunday 22nd September, 2013
7.00 pm
Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre
30 Hume St, Gloucester NSW

Ecopella – “causing harmony to the environment”
http://ecopella.org/

Paul Spencer – “relentless and cheerful folk satire”
https://paul-spencer.net/

MaD aDaM – “voices putting instruments in their place”
https://www.facebook.com/MiguelAndDallas

The opening night of the Ecopella North Coast Tour!

Come see this passionate choir perform their truly exquisite harmonies and variously rousing, uplifting, hilarious and evocative repertoire.

September 21st – Ecopella Tour in Newcastle

Saturday September 21st, 2013
2.00 – 5.00 pm
Lass O’Gowrie Hotel,
Railway St, Wickham (Newcastle)
FREE ENTRY!

Ecopella and Paul Spencer at The Lass in Wickham, 2-5pm Satruday 21st Septermber 2013

Ecopella – “causing harmony to the environment”
http://ecopella.org/

Paul Spencer – “relentless and cheerful folk satire”
https://paul-spencer.net/

MaD aDaM – “voices putting instruments in their place”
https://www.facebook.com/MiguelAndDallas

The opening night of the Ecopella North Coast Tour!

Come see this passionate choir perform their truly exquisite harmonies and variously rousing, uplifting, hilarious and evocative repertoire.

He’s Gotta Go

words and music by Paul Spencer, 2013

Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go.

 

1. He’s got a gonad hangin’ out at a diplomatic function,

I hope whoever put him there is feeling some compunction.

 

And it’s throw the man out, he shall not keep the crown,

The future of this country starts with bringing Abbott down.

 

It’s partly that he lacks a basic social education,

He’s leering at his daughters and embarrassing the nation.

 

But mainly … he’ll kick us in the ditch,

His neoliberal policies betray us to the rich.

 

Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go.

 

2. He’s got a goatish look about him in the way he leans towards you,

Or is that just him listening while ASIO records you?

 

And it’s throw the man out, he shall not keep the crown,

The future of this country starts with bringing Abbott down.

 

It’s partly that his values come from Papal declarations,

And he’d rather bring the witch-hunts back than end discrimination.

 

But mainly … he’ll kick us in the ditch,

His neoliberal policies betray us to the rich.

 

Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go.

 

3. He’s got a ghost of Mussolini standing just behind his shoulder,

He may not be as scary but he would if he were bolder.

 

And it’s throw the man out, he shall not keep the crown,

The future of this country starts with bringing Abbott down.

 

It’s partly that in climate talks he makes an awful racket,

When he wouldn’t know a snowfall from the dandruff on his jacket.

 

But mainly … he’ll kick us in the ditch,

His neoliberal policies betray us to the rich.

 

Tony Abbott, he’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go.

He’s gotta go.

Feb 17th Wollongong Garden Swap

North Gong Community Garden is hosting a vegie swap on Sunday 17th of February, and I will be providing live music, as will environmental choir Ecopella.

Details are:
9am – 12noon (music starts at 10.30)
At the garden, in the grounds of the North Wollongong PCYC,
Ajax Ave, North Wollongong

Entry is free, there is no requirement to bring vegies to come along.

Here is what the organisers had to say about it:

WASTE NOT SWAP JUMP START

Swaps are a major principle of permaculture and a great community function.
This is a worthy event for the Illawarra – your support and presence would be fantastic.

We are holding the SWAP on Sunday 17th of February at 9.00am to noon.

There will be a chance for you to:
Swap your surplus fruit & vegetables
Share information, plants, seeds, books & magazines etc.
Indulge in great coffee and nibbles
Discuss and volunteer for the ongoing functioning of this Swap.

AND there will be live acoustic music from about 10.30

– Paul Spencer (writes and performs quirky comic political folk songs to entertain the activist in you or re-energise the jaded cynic).

– Ecopella (an environmental a cappella choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it).
This is a not to be missed event, so see you all there.

See the garden’s website at http://thegardennorthgong.blogspot.com.au/

It’s All For a Job

traditional Australian tune “It’s All For My Grog”
first parodied by John Patten (John’s chorus lyrics used here)
these verses by Paul Spencer

                       D                                      G                       D
1. Well they offered me a try, at a dealership nearby,
D                                                    A
Just washing cars and polishing the tyres,
D                                               G                        D
But the starting pay was nil, just to show I had the will,
D                              A                      D
And when I questioned that I wasn’t hired.

Chorus
And it’s all for a job, a poxy fuckin’ job,
You’ve nearly had enough of jobs forever,
But you have to pay the rent, and you’ve spent your final cent,
And you’d like to keep your felsh and soul together.

2. Well I followed up a lead, giving care to those in need,
And when they gave me training I was cheering,
But on the final day, instead of offering me pay,
They signed me up for months of volunteering.

chorus

3. Well the Job Network mob is meant to help you find a job,
But every single question I could bring them,
They hadn’t got a clue, and the best that they could do,
Was say “you tell me the number and I’ll ring them.”

chorus

4. Well there’s jobs in social change, but the way it works is strange,
The salaries they pay are just outrageous,
The entire funding cheque goes to paying one exec,
While the rest of us are off in search of wages.

chorus