An Arbitrary Line / Out or In

from A303 by Greg Hancock

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about

A warning about being too quick to categorise and make judgements.

lyrics

An Arbitrary Line

I was pretty good at school, but I was nobody’s fool
All my friends were that much thicker
Cos you need people who can fight, and stand by your side
When you’re “sensitive” ... and your Dad’s a vicar.
When the jocks picked the teams, they never picked me
Or the fat boy we called Twiggy.
But they soon came round when later on they found
It was always me who had the ciggies.

They try to define some arbitrary line using logic that’s paper-thin
If you’re strong or weak, cool or a geek – and if you’re out or in.

I was singing in a club, in a room above a pub where the people loved tradition
Where they thought original songs were intrinsically wrong
And guitars – pure sedition!
It soon became clear that I wasn’t even near to their idea of folk
So I stuck my finger in my ear, and gave them Britney Spears...
But they didn’t like the joke.

They try to define some arbitrary line using logic that’s paper-thin
If you’ve got the right type of harp, or the nod from Cecil Sharpe – and if you’re out or in.

Arriving on a beach that’s taken weeks to reach. Hungry cold and frightened.
To be met by walls and populist calls for the borders to be tightened.
And then to turn the police on refugees and try to send them back
Is a crime, and a stain on the country’s name
And there’ll be consequences to that.

They try to define some arbitrary line using login that’s paper-thin
How an accident of birth decides the ownership of earth
And who gets out or in.

credits

from A303, released September 1, 2017
Guitar and vocal ; Greg Hancock
Violin in song: Sharon Lazibyrd. Violin in instrumental: Sophia Colkin
Accordion, mandolin and Double Bass : George Arnold

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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