Back To The Village Contemporary Folk

Released March 8, 2020

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Composition

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, lyrics, guitars, bass, vocals, production.

Sound Recording

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Nigel Robinson ("Gemini")
Scotland United Kingdom
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Drums, keys.
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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, guitars, bass, vocals, production.
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Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Backing vocals
Artist's Notes

I first wrote and recorded this song back in 2011.

After having a listen a few weeks ago I felt it may be prudent to do a revised version of it in the light of all the stuff going on in the world right now.

The 'blurb' I wrote at the time went like this:

In this modern world, which seems to be inspired by greed, business owners have changed their attitudes since a couple of centuries ago. At one time expansion could mean giving a couple of extra jobs to a cousin or nephew but now it means trying to establish operations in as many countries as possible. Most companies are looking at world domination. This, in turn, creates more need to travel which, in it?s own turn, creates more consumption of fossil fuels and more deadly pollution. Hardly anyone is able to work near their homes so have to commute ? more pollution. Big multi-national stores are now built out of town so we have to travel in order to do our shopping ? more pollution.
Oh, if we could only turn back time to before the invention of motorised transport! If we could only ?down-size? back to local corner shops selling home produce!

Lyrics

Back To The Village (James Fraser 2011/2020)

We need to go back to the village

We need to go back to working the land

We need to return to the family circle

Where all that we do is what we understand.

We need to get rid of the aeroplane

And take the wheels from the automobiles

Our progress in travel is killing this world

Let's stick with our families and see how it feels.

We're killing our world, we're choking it dead

By filling the air with gasses and lead

If we stay in our villages, live with our kin

Maybe we can cleanse things and then we may win.

If we could reverse all the notions

Of motors, and stick with the cart and the horse

And undo the invention of flying machines

The way that we live would have to change course.

Forced to stay with our community

Unable to say that we need to commute

We'd all have to labour with things that surround us

No need to uproot, no need to pollute.

We're killing our world, we're choking it dead

By filling the air with gasses and lead

If we stay in our villages, live with our kin

Maybe we can cleanse things and then we may win.

Our modern idea of progress

Business expansion and corporate plan

Is making us think that we all need to travel

No matter the cost to our own fellow man.

Let's all pull up the drawbridge

Stay in our villages, work with our own

Do without all the stuff sent from a distance

See if we can live from the seeds that we've sown.

We're killing our world, we're choking it dead

By filling the air with gasses and lead

If we stay in our villages, live with our kin

Maybe we can cleanse things and then we may win.