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Steve White & The Protest Family / Blog

Chingford 1, Protest Family 0

It’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0. I’m hoping it’ll change, but I doubt that it will. All I wanted was a gig at the bottom of the hill. But it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0.

Yeah it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0. All I wanted was a gig at the bottom of the hill. But Club Bus Wind didn’t understand What it took to put on a folk/punk band. Cos with only four channels, you ain’t gonna mix it, And berating me ain’t gonna fix it. So it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0.

It’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0, And thinking about it is making me ill. Cos if I say I can’t do it, it means I can’t do it, Doesn’t mean I won’t do it, it means I can’t do it. If I didn’t wanna do it, I’d say I don’t wanna do it. But it can’t be done, so I said I can’t do it. And trying to convince me won’t make that change, When the promoter and the sound man won’t engage When you tell them there’s a problem, they just walk away, Or stare at you blankly, with nothing to say. And when the drum kit’s gone and there’s no one left to phone, Just turn their backs and head off home. So it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0.

It’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0, And there’s a distinct lack of any goodwill. There ain’t no point just offering us money. Offering us money? It should be funny. If you think it’s for the money, you’re getting us wrong. There’s blood sweat and tears invested in these songs. We do it for the music, do it for the connection, We do it for the laughs and the insurrection. If you wanna buy three hours of covers for the night, Pay Tom Lynch, he’ll see you right. But we ain’t the hired help you just buy in, And live music is something you participate in. So it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0.

Yeah it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0. I’ll be honest; this week’s been all uphill. But you were gonna offer Paddy’s night, that’s strange. I ain’t got an irish song to my name. See above, Tom’s got rebel songs coming out his ears. So he’s welcome to the gig. Tom, cheers! And telling me to drink up and go away Still won’t get you a bigger PA. So it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0.

Yeah, it’s Chingford 1, Protest Family 0. Are we coming back? I doubt that we will. In fact there’s more chance of playing a gig in Brazil. Yeah we’re heading off to Rio, we’re getting on a plane. (Well actually it’s Chesterfield, we’re going on the train) I’ve just got to change the words To Walthamstow Dogs Again.