Running Wide

from No Redemption Songs by Ribbon Road

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about

This song is about fear, how it’s used as a weapon against ordinary people and what it does to them.

‘My nana, she used to always say stick up for your rights, don’t be frightened to shout out. Stand up for yourself, speak out. And it’s right.’

lyrics

RUNNING WIDE

It’s the fear that gets you running wide
It gets you every time
It gets you speaking out of turn
And dancing out of line
It’s the fear that gets you by the neck
It beats your heart and squeezes breath
And then you know you cannot win
You’ll not be heard above the din

Chorus
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me father left the mine
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me mother sitting crying
The rent’s to pay, then and today

It’s the fear that gets you, you never rest
You stay awake and try your best
But when it’s coming to the test
You know that you’re to blame
They come and live where we belong
They come and tell us we were wrong
To help each other get along
Without a fuss, when we were strong

Chorus
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me father left the farm
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me mother on his arm
The rent’s to pay, then and today

It’s the fear that gets you, breaks your heart
You never really get a start
For waiting for the screws to twist
And bring you down again
They say we’re part of history now
That we don’t count, we’re not allowed
Upon the grass to pick the flowers
For the privileged and proud
The northern accent’s far too loud

Chorus
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me father left the yard
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me mother took it hard
The rent’s to pay, then and today

It’s the fear that gets you, makes you daft
They say we’re shy of work and graft
They’ll never know the hope that died
At sixteen leaving school wide-eyed
They take the bedrooms we lived in
They’re making homelessness a sin
In cardboard boxes for the bin
For hoody youngsters to begin
To duck and dive, its getting thin

Chorus
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me father took the dole
Nothing’s changed since the day
Me mother leaving home
The rent’s to pay, then and today
They’ve gone away, we’re here to stay

It’s the fear that gets you

credits

from No Redemption Songs, released August 23, 2014

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Ribbon Road UK

Ribbon Road are:

Brenda Heslop
Jill Heslop
Geoff Heslop

For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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