from A303 by Greg Hancock

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Deep up to my elbows in Victorian shit
Trying to remember why I got involved with this
Then finding my first Roman coin at the bottom of a pit
And getting into trouble for going home with it
Weeks and months spent learning
How to tell the tell-tale signs
Of hand-flaked flint from Neolithic mines
And hours spent marking out medieval boundary lines

When you’re driving on the A303
I wonder if you’ve ever had the same thoughts as me
Fascination mixed with irony
Taking pictures with my mobile phone
Of piles of ancient stone

Walking through the landscape noting every bump and ditch
Picking up an old bone and kind of knowing which end is which
Sifting through soils and sending samples to the lab
Analysing the final meal some long-dead person had
Cataloguing every little detail of the past
Continually in denial that everything crumbles at last
And constantly reminded life is fragile.... and fast.

And so Palmyra’s mainly standing still – but the people are all gone
Herded off like cattle – too exhausted to run
After months between the psychopaths and the barrel bombs
The streets are all deserted now as the media circus comes.
But I can’t help wondering what it must be like for those
Who turn one final time to face the ruins of their homes
To know the world’s more interested in piles of ancient stones

When you’re driving on the A303
Perhaps next time you’ll have the same thoughts as me.
At the coach-loads of Americans, French, Japanese and you and me
All taking pictures with our mobile phones
of piles of ancient stones.


from A303, released September 1, 2017
GH - guitar and vocal
Jo Hooper - cello
George Arnold - Double Bass

recorded, mixed and mastered at Rapunzel Studios by George Arnold


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Singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Devon, England.

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