Tales of Pride & Shame

by The Rin Tins

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Vs1 When I was young I spent long summer days Thinking up different ways Of leavin’ home. Now my bitter wisdom Is like a kingdom Without a crown Vs2 You were a stranger And they themselves are rare They talked of our affair all over town I ran away with you on my arm I believed all your charm And vows of love Chorus Why can’t I go back Why can’t I return And prove that I have learned From my mistakes Whisked away by glamour Driven home by jealousy Consumed by misery For my failed love Vs3 Oh when we met You whisked me off my feet And I couldn't stand the beat Of my heart We traveled Globe-trotting though the world And I sold my Mama’s pearls To get by Chorus Why can’t I go back Why can’t I return And prove that I have learned From my mistakes Whisked away by glamour Driven home by jealousy Consumed by misery For my failed love Vs4 And now you've left me You’ve had all your fun And all you did was run From my arms Now I’m too ashamed to go home So I wander the world alone For my own shame Chorus Why can’t I go back Why can’t I return And prove that I have learned From my mistakes Whisked away by glamour Driven home by jealousy Consumed by misery For my failed love
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Vs1 We booked a ride into town To set the record straight We met in the early morning Each with a briefcase of slate We agreed it was all in jest Significance enjoyed by none By the time the end came around It was lost to all but one Chorus For the briefest moment We did what we said we’d do For the briefest moment We became the few Vs2 The sun burnt down all day We talked and felt the same We all had a say in What to do when the time came Meanwhile, in the smallest room Sat eleven men I remember this so well ‘cos One of them was my friend Chorus For the briefest moment We did what we said we’d do For the briefest moment We became the few Vs3 There were so many strangers Staring me in the eye And it became my place To give them all a reason why The air was so close And great had been the cost For a time we stood on top And then the moment was lost Chorus (extended) For the briefest moment We did what we said we’d do For the briefest moment We became the few For the briefest moment Untold tales came true For the briefest moment The otherside came into view
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John Law 04:03
Vs 1 In an apron of leather a man of good breeding floats Five working women are all found with cut throats Organs cut out, no-one seeks doubt They heard a hasty shout From hell The Whitechapel killer stalks down Whitechapel lane Indulging himself as the cause of other's pain but Jack disappears and leaves his career And all because he fears John Law Vs 2 In the new world between south and north Brothers in blood and arms honour the cause Fight for right or fight for spite Or fight for delight In pain James the younger, hunted by hunters of bounty Robbing trains and banks in Missouri County Watch for attack, hear the guns crack Who's at your back? Its John Law Ch Highwaymen, outlaws, killers and thieves Hear the beat of the drum You can't atone or take back Your sinful deeds are done The man feared most, he's getting close And now you're on the run Your time has come Vs 3 Once upon a time in this land we call home religion and politics swung to and fro The king was in his hall, lords ladies an' all Who answered his call To attend In the bowels of the building a sudo-Italian crept Waiting at the ready for when others slept Caught with the fuse he had no excuse He accepted the truth to John Law Ch Highwaymen, outlaws, killers and thieves Hear the beat of the drum You can't atone or take back Your sinful deeds are done The man feared most, he's getting close And now you're on the run Your time has come
4.
Vs 1 I've been a lawyer I've worked in a mine I've been a bricklayer And a nun of some kind I've been a race driver on a race track My names Esteban but you can call me Jack Vs 2 I've been a jeweler for the king A dog beautician I can also sing I flew bombers for the RAF Built hearing aids For the benefit of the deaf I'm Esteban, the Jack of all trades And unlike you I've got talent in spades What you learn in a month I figure out in a day I never specialize or win awards of any size But my fortunes made and my bills are paid 'Cos I'm the master of none I'm the jack of all trades Vs 3 I've been a plumber and a speech therapist An engineer, a zoologist I play pro-football now and then When I'm not I'm a doctor Or a policeman Ch I'm Esteban, the Jack of all trades And unlike you I've got talent in spades What you learn in a month I figure out in a day I never specialize or win awards of any size But my fortunes made and my bills are paid 'Cos I'm the master of none I'm the jack of all trades Vs 4 I’ve still got my paper round I’ve been a wrestler and a party clown I Keep bees to sell their honey Been a stock broker juggling people’s money Vs 5 I play piano in an orchestra I've been a chimney sweep, a choreographer I've done voice acting, been on the stage Been a tobacconist earning minimum wage Ch I'm Esteban, the Jack of all trades And unlike you I've got talent in spades What you learn in a month I figure out in a day I never specialize or win awards of any size I've been a Quaker, a baker, a candlestick maker A wedding planner, an undertaker But my fortunes made and my bills are paid 'Cos I'm the master of none I'm the jack of all trades
5.
Vs 1 We ain't got no coffee We're runnin' out of food Long as theres a blockade sittin' out there There's nothin' we can do We've gotta clear them ships If we're gonna last the war If we can't trade cotton for ourselves Then what on earth are we fightin' for? Vs 2 Don't worry don't despair I think I've got an idea For a boat that swims under the waves And we'll attack them from the rear We'll call it a submarine And I'll steer the thing myself Just gimmie an old steam boiler And seven men in peak of health Ch Take your seat and stay calm Take your fate into your palm 'Cos the third times the charm Vs 3 Today let's take action We've tested the damn thing twice Twenty-one men proved that it works And paid for it with their lives Time to crank up the wheel You boys got a job to do Just be brave, do it for your state And come on home when you're through Ch Take your seat and stay calm Take your fate into your palm 'Cos the third time’s the charm Vs 4 They've broken the blockade They've stabbed it in it's side Sank a sloop of twelve hundred tons And all but five men died I don't think they're coming back They've been gone for seven days It looks like Hunley and God's green earth have finally parted ways Ch Take your seat and stay calm Take your fate into your palm 'Cos the third time’s the charm
6.
Vs1 When I was a boy I discovered the joy Of living my life day-to-day Now I’m a man And I understand That Life is just a game to play Theres always a girls Who’ll gimme a place to stay Vs2 I dropped in your town When I was down On friends, luck money & food That I could buy with a wink I didn't care if no-one approved It’s not in my power To change their point of view Vs3 So we got out of there Just as soon as we dared I bought the tickets with your Mama’s pearls One hand on your waist and One in your purse I showed you a bit of the world I was your man And (for a little while) you were my girl Chorus We had a great time And I didn’t mind Havin’ you along for the ride It wasn’t love That we were thinking of No need for you to cry No question of blame No matter of shame No need for you to hide It’s time to go Cos’ you belong at home It’s just your foolish pride (ooh, my pretty baby) Vs4 It was a great fling But like all good things Our time together came to an end I wanted to roam So I sent you home Now the money had run out again And despite your fears I’m sure we parted as friends Chorus We had a great time And I didn’t mind Havin’ you along for the ride It wasn’t love That we were thinking of No need for you to cry No question of blame No matter of shame No need for you to hide It’s time to go Cos’ you belong at home It’s just your foolish pride (ooh, my pretty baby)
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Vs1 Once upon a time ago in Puerto Rico There lived a boy called Federico He liked to dance and he liked to play He was late for work every day His mammy and pappy despaired of him They didn’t want him living a life of the sin There’s more to life than the fun and the games But they loved him just the same Vs2 His pappy was the local post master And to make his son grow up a little faster Federico, he did employ To be the local post boy His pappy gave him a brand new donkey And though the saddle was a little wonky He hoped over time his boy would change But all his hopes were in vain Ch. A man sits watching trickling sand As he waits for a telegram A boy at school all alone Waits for a note from home A woman ordered a gramophone So she can learn the bolero Across the skies, you hear the cries ‘Donde esta el cartero?’ Vs3 As Federico became a man Postal matter got out of hand Pappy’s plan did not succeed Scarcely a letter was ever received For never was another like |Federico And one day he fled from Puerto Rico He was never ever seen again Though his image grew in many men Ch. A man sits watching trickling sand As he waits for a telegram A boy at school all alone Waits for a note from home A woman ordered a gramophone So she can learn the bolero Across the skies, you hear the cries ‘Donde esta el cartero?’ Br Oh, you left your donkey behind Oh, where did you go and hide? Think of all the women who loved you Think of the lord’s judgement above you You had a job to do You didn’t see it through You ran away, away, away, away, away Vs4 Many years later in Puerto Rico There lived a boy called Rodrigo He never ever knew his pappy His mama didn’t want to make him unhappy Rodrigo was popular He got along with so many another The old post master especially Treated him like family Ch. A man sits watching trickling sand As he waits for a telegram A boy at school all alone Waits for a note from home A woman ordered a gramophone So she can learn the bolero Across the skies, you hear the cries ‘Donde esta el cartero?’ ‘Donde esta el cartero?’ ‘Donde esta el cartero?’ ‘Donde esta el cartero?’

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Dark folk tales & rousing true stories meet driving oompa beats and latino rhythms in this debut album from Bristol's finest purveyors of folk fueled jazz jive boogie!

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released September 6, 2013

Jim Davies - Elec guitar and vocals
Ryan Walker - Acoustic guitar and vocals
Ben Leach - Drums and percussion
Matthew Machin - Bass guitar, acoustic guitar and organ


Track 1 written with D Lyons
Lyrics by R Walker
Music by The Rin Tins

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Keep them dancing.
That’s the ethos that The Rin Tins have kept since their inception in early 2011 and since then the sextet have strutted from one stage to another playing high octane gypsy swing to the party hard masses.
With music that combines 5 part harmonies with swing jazz rhythms and pounding oompa beats, for 7 years they've been filling dance floors & festival tents across the UK.
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