The Broken Parts

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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In the North East we met with 3 groups, the first was in the East Durham Artists Network Arts Block in Seaham. The members mainly had a coal mining and shipbuilding background.

lyrics

THE BROKEN PARTS

There’s nothing left, I feel bereft
They’ve put a fence along the railway
Silence grows and God knows we need some peace
But there’s no rest, grassed over left
To pay the price and it’s not nice
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts

There’s nothing here, I’ve cried me tears
I lean against the harbour wall
The waves come in
It’s closing in, I see it all
I say the words, it’s never heard
I cannot make them understand
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts

Chorus
If I could have a moment longer
What I’d give to see me Dad
Or see me Mam where we belonged
And touch the life we used to have
When times were good
When we were loved

There’s nowt to start, her Dad was hard
It’s set in stone and she’s come home
Where she belongs
Where she was wrong and trying hard
She went away to get away
There’s no escape from Seaham and pain
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts

There’s nowt to see, just memories
There’s tins and cups and Sunday tea
And tags and lamps
And gran looking after me
There’s photographs, a marra’s laugh
The better times are in the past
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts

Chorus
If I could have a moment longer
What I’d give to see me Dad
Or see me Mam where we belonged
And touch the life we used to have
When times were good
When we were loved

It’s all away, and it’s today
Half a lifetime, yesterday
The ground was shaking
Coal was breaking at the seam
And in the evening
Sometimes light will catch me breath
I’ll feel just right
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts
The broken parts yer never see
The broken hearts

credits

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

Vocals - Brenda 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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