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Written by Steve Knightley


Hard winds are blowing down the High Street today
Just look around you
Family firms selling up and moving away
And the names that surround you
And though they’re familiar you don’t feel at home
When you could be in Kansas, you could be in Rome
All closing down in the small country towns
In the cold heart of England

You don’t see the stars when the light’s overspill
Is too bright and too strong
From hundreds of homes on the side of the hill
Just where did we come from?
Now we’ve been told to build ten thousand more
And cover the countryside we came here for
Trees coming down on the edge of the town
In the cold heart of England

Well it’s Saturday night with the boys in the square
The cars and the fights, broken glass everywhere
I’ve no picture postcard to send you from there
It’s the cold heart of England

So it’s grey supermarkets, instead of green fields
To pay all our wages
‘Til we’re choking in traffic and tied to the wheels
Like cattle in cages
And if you work within limits the law will allow
You’ll find the land’s under concrete instead of the plough
Where are you Swampy? We need you right now
In the cold heart of England


from Faith, Folk & Anarchy (Reissue), released June 16, 2017


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Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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