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Song Three of our seven-song Three Tynes story, repesenting the upper North Tyne. The singer describes her alienation from her community and her longing to share the lives of the wealthy tourists who now bring jobs to her homeland.

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Who’ll offer a hand
From your merry-go-round?
With all this much fun
Surely there will be one

We’ll run and we’ll dance
We’ll play dare and chance
We’ll have such a time
And all of your friends can be mine

And after farewells
There’ll be tall tales to tell
Of great derring-do so please
Try to speak fondly of me

When I’m here alone
I remember my home
And I can recall
How my kith and kin would
Would cherish this place
And we all as one would
Share our food and our faith

Now that’s history
So what of today?
They wait in a line
For the spade and the coin

There’s food on the plate
There’s drinking til late
They have such a time
But their eyes are different from mine

And now I wait here
For in time you’ll come near
Though you will not see
How I run to keep your company

When I’m here alone
I remember my home
And I can recall
How my kith and kin would
Would cherish this place
And we all as one would
Share our food and our faith

They’ll say I am brave
And worry I’m safe
But come with me, no
We part when I go

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from Three Tynes, released December 1, 2020

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Will Good and The Mattes England, UK

Will Good and The Mattes is the public persona of steve3bikes, a songwriter in the far north of England. The (mostly) guitar-based approach is focused on (mostly) songs on anything from climate change to political rant to personal crisis.

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