Around These Parts Rock

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Creative Brief

The lyric has its roots from my childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, which was at the time in the grip of The Troubles, with rival paramilitary groups recruiting young men from their neighbourhoods to join their ranks. The young guys they groomed were often kids who dropped out of school with no qualifications and limited employment prospects. They filled their heads with patriotic nonsense and a hatred of the 'other side' and sent them out to kill and be killed.

 

The protagonist of the song is someone who himself has been caught up in the violence in his earlier days but has learned from his mistakes and now is committed to going around trying to convince others of the error of their ways. 

 

I've deliberately not been specific on the setting within the lyrics, as I thought the situation it was describing could also apply in other parts of the world where poverty and crime are endemic.

 

If converted into a song, I think I'd see if having a hard edged delivery for the verses, maybe accompanied by some marching drums. But then the chorus needs to be much softer, more melodic. And instead of fading out on a soft note, the final section is probably the hardest hitting part of the song, with the words really spat out

 

Around these parts

 

(Intro – ominous sound of marching drums, maybe some sirens, a gun shot fired, etc)


(Verse 1)

They say 'be careful where you walk around these parts'

But I'll walk where I want

And I'll look you in the eye,

They say 'you won't change any hearts around these parts'

But the only certainty

Is you won't if you don't try

 

(Chorus)

Around these parts

The battle cry heard,

Around these parts

The streets steeped in hurt.

Heroes who aren't heroes

Just foolish young men,

Led to the slaughter

Like pigs from their pen

Around these parts!

Around these parts!


(Verse 2)

A grave is the cost of glory around these parts

Just a name on cold stone

Buried way before their time,

A few weeks can be a long time around these parts

When the only certainly

Is that you're gonna die

 

(Chorus)

Around these parts

The battle cry heard,

Around these parts

The streets steeped in hurt.

Heroes who aren't heroes

Just foolish young men,

Led to the slaughter

Like pigs from their pen

Around these parts!

Around these parts!

 

(Bridge)

I'm a poacher

Turned gamekeeper

Got my share of scars,

Wear this crucifix around my neck

Keep the demons from my heart

 

(Verse 3)

They say 'be careful who you talk to around these parts'

But I'll talk to who needs it

And I'll look them in the eye.

They say 'you won't change any minds around these parts'

But the only certainty

Is you won't if you don't try

 

(Chorus)

Around these parts

The battle cry heard

Around these parts

The streets steeped in hurt.

Freedoms that aren't freedoms

Just foolish false dreams

Lies fed to deceive us

Hate mainlined to keep us mean

Around these parts!

Around these parts!


(Outro)

When a grave’s the cost of glory

It's not worth the fame in your story

Your flesh rotting while your lover's tears are drying

What? You thought she's spend her remaining days crying?

Nothing's changed, young men like you still dying

A headstone if you’re lucky and a box with you inside it!

Around these parts!


Written by Simon Wright

(May 2020)

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Genre Rock

Collaboration started July 28, 2020 by pabloikn
Last upload 1mo+18dy ago


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Collaborators
PREMIER
SimonW Simon Wright
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Manager
PLUS
peterrand Peter Rand
Wirral Merseyside United Kingdom
Manager
PLUS
RealAl Allen Conti
Cleveland Ohio USA
PREMIER
pabloikn pablo andres garcia perez
portals nous BALEARES Spain
Spinner
PLUS
HarryKeys Paul Harrison
Adelaide South Australia Australia
PLUS
RaymondVanMelzen Raymond van Melzen
The Hague Zuid Holland Netherlands