Genesis Hall

Album: Unhalfbricking (1969)
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  • My father he rides with your sheriffs
    And I know he would never mean harm,
    But to see both sides of a quarrel
    Is to judge without haste or alarm

    Chorus:
    Oh, oh, helpless and slow,
    And you don't have anywhere to go

    You take away homes from the homeless
    And leave them to die in the cold
    The gypsy who begged for your presents
    He will laugh in your face when you're old

    (Chorus)

    Well, one man he drinks up his whiskey
    Another he drinks up his wine
    And they'll drink till their eyes are red with hate
    For those of a different kind

    (Chorus)

    When the rivers run quicker than trouble
    I'll be there at your side in the flood
    It was all I could do to keep myself
    From taking revenge on your blood

    (2x Chorus) Writer/s: RICHARD THOMPSON
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Warspite from Atlanta, Ga., UsaThe first song, first side of Unhalfbricking. Beautiful, haunting & timeless. Listen to the way RT & Simon's acoustic guitars surround and frame Sandy's voice. Despite Paul Kantner (who I like) butchering it on an album, the song is like some 17th century British ballad- as if it has "always" been there & sung by many people in many versions over a long period of time.
  • David from Nottingham, United KingdomYou can see RT singing a solo version of this if you look on Youtube. It is still featured from time to time at Fairport gigs, Simon Nicol sings it very well.
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