Some Breaking, Some True

from Giving Up the Ghosts by Ribbon Road

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    A 25 minute piece based on work into social haunting
    Songs by Brenda Heslop, Films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road

    This song/image piece has been produced as part of a research project called ‘Song Lines to Impact and Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through Working with Social Haunting’ - made possible by Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities funding. The project has been led by Dr Geoff Bright of the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-produced by a team of artists, academics and community partners including Unite Community and the Co-operative College. Working in community Ghost Labs in Staffordshire and across the north of England, it has used the idea of a ‘social haunting’ and a range of arts methods to inquire into how difficult feelings, carried into community life from contested pasts, can be harnessed as energies for benevolent and productive change.

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about

At St Bede's Church in Town End Farm Estate in Sunderland we spent a very enjoyable session with women from the Estate.

lyrics

SOME BREAKING, SOME TRUE

I’m watching, I hear
I listen and see
Big hearts are talking to me
It’s a church, it’s a hall
It’s a place for them all
And I know it’s a good place to be

They tell of the past
And the growing, the years
That settle on faces that care
These women of life
Take the dark and the light
They empty me out when I’m there

Chorus
So roll out the barrel
And bang on the drum
There’s hope for tomorrow
If today ever comes
And I could cry now
For the things they’ve been through
Families like trees
Some breaking, some true

I know they don’t say it
Some times have been hard
They pass it off, laugh it away
What use is a hard word
When kindness will do
And love will chase shadows away

They don’t suffer gladly
They don’t suffer fools
They’re strong when they stand unafraid
These women of living
With spark in their eyes
The strength to their arm
And their days

Chorus
So roll out the barrel
And bang on the drum
There’s hope for tomorrow
If today ever comes
And I could cry now
For the things they’ve been through
Families like trees
Some breaking, some true

And I could cry now
For the things they’ve been through
Families like trees
Some breaking, some true

credits

from Giving Up the Ghosts, released October 14, 2017
Words and Music - Brenda Heslop 2017 (Ribbon Road
Music)

Vocals - Brenda Heslop
Accordion - Jill Heslop
Vocals, instruments - Geoff Heslop

Arranged and Recorded by Geoff Heslop at Shipyard Studios

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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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