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Anita Botman This album is a pleasant experience. Her voice is beautiful and very recognizable. The arrangements are lovely. But there's more to it than meets the eye. The message that is brought by melody and lyrics is an important one. Listen closely, learn and enjoy!
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Neil Sanders Quality ensemble work, a sublime voice..... A real find! Favorite track: By The Shore.
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    This Life is the debut album by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood.
    12 tracks including originals such as Phoenix & Did you ever? & arrangements of traditional folk songs such as Devil & The Ploughman & The Begging Song.
    Photography by Link Blackburn.
    Art work by Kim Lowings/Mitchel Neate.

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This Life is the debut album by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood. It features a mix of original and traditional folk songs.

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released August 25, 2012

Kim Lowings --- vocals, backing vocals, mountain dulcimer, piano, shruti box, singing bowl
Jarv (Andrew) Lowings --- guitar, bouzouki, bodhran
Tim Rogers --- cajon, percussion
Ben Lowings --- guitar (This Life)
Kevin 'Reggie' Cooke --- double bass
Sarah Hendy --- violin (Drifting Point, Phoenix, The Allotment, The Begging Song)
Mitch Reynolds --- treble recorder (Devil & The Ploughman & Lord Rendall)
Dave Draper --- guitar (Interesting Times)

Produced by Dave Draper/Kim Lowings
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Dave Draper

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Kim Lowings and The Greenwood West Midlands, UK

Folk singer & songwriter Kim Lowings fronts a collective of musicians called The Greenwood. They are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and play a mix of contemporary, original and traditional folk song. The Greenwood released their debut album 'This Life' in August 2012 and have supported acts such as Martin Simpson, Dave Swarbrick, Faustus & Belshazzar's Feast.​ ... more

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Track Name: Devil & The Ploughman
There was an old farmer in Sussex did dwell
& he'd an old wife as many knew well
to me falderol little lawday

The devil he came to the old man at plough
saying one of your family I must have now
to me falderol little lawday

Now it isn't for you nor yet for your son
but that little old wife as you've got at home
to me falderol little lawday

Oh take her, oh take her with all of my heart
& I wish that you may never more part
to me falderol little lawday

So the devil he took the old wife on his back
& he lugged her along like a pedlar's pack
to me falderol little lawday

He trudged along 'til he got to hell's gate
saying here won't you take an old Sussex chap's mate
to me falderol little lawday

There was thirteen imps all dancing in chains
she up with her pattens & beat out their brains
to me falderol little lawday

Two more little devils jumped over the wall
saying turn her out father she'll murder us all
to me falderol little lawday

So he bundled her up on his back amain
& to her old husband he took her again
to me falderol little lawday

I've been a tormenter the whole of my life
but I was never tormented 'til I met your wife
to me falderol little lawday

And now to conclude & make an end
you see that us women are strong even when
we get sent to hell we come straight back again
to me falderol little lawday
Track Name: Drifting Point
Another day is over & you are drifting
& soon I will follow
& all is quiet except for the breathing
that's beating on the pillow.
I hope that you dream of beaches at dusk
with bats flying over your head
& off in the distance tiny lights flicker
burning yellow & red.

While you're skimming stones across the ocean
I run barefoot through a wood
& right there beside me eyes are watching
from places where trees once stood,
This well trodden path,I know it by heart
for it winds its way through my mind
& as much as it scares me I journey onwards
to dreams of a sweeter kind.

The path leads me here to meet with the ocean
I watch as the tide comes in
& it carries a stone that lands beside me
grey & smooth & thin.
I lift my head to face the sky
& sing a song filled with joy
& trust that it travels across the ocean
to meet with my darling boy.

I hope that you dream of beaches at dusk
with bats flying over your head
& off in the distance the sun is rising
burning yellow & red.
Track Name: Phoenix
You weave your ancient tales
long lost stories of old
the fireside remembrance
distraction from the cold.
Let's make a happy ending
to transform this tale of woe.
Let the moment take you away
& who knows where we may go.

So take my hand and follow me
for to run with the wolves this night
& sing our song to the sky up above
& we dance in the firelight.
ooh dance with me tonight.

I see your spirit awaken
eyes like burning gold.
The flames they make you richer still
& shield you from the cold
& they say that the cry of the phoenix
soars like a beautiful song.
Relive this night a thousand times
& keep the spirit strong.

So take my hand and follow me
for to fly with the owls this night
& join the hunt in the sky up above
& we dance in the firelight.
ooh dance with me tonight,

So weave your ancient tales
long lost stories of old.
The fireside remnants
that keep you from the cold
& pull me ever closer
when the time is right
take my hand & come with me
& dance with me tonight,

So take my hand & come with me
for we need not fear the night,
The stars shine on in the sky up above
& we dance in the firelight.
ooh dance with me tonight.
Track Name: The Flounder
There once was a fisherman who lived in the west
a man of the river, a man of the sea
who'd work all day long & never take rest
with only the fishes for company.
Be it high tide, low tide,
only the fishes for company.

He lived his life so humble & free
with all he could want & all he could need.
But he & his wife they would never agree
for she was a woman of greed.
Be it high tide, low tide,
she was a woman of greed.

Oh catch me a flounder Johnny my dear
for I tire of these shoals of herring.
We seem to get poorer year by year
& my patience it is waring.
Be it high tide, low tide,
her patience it was waring.

The next day a flounder emerged from below
caught in a net with the seaweed.
I'll grant you a wish if you'll just let me go,
& happily Johnny agreed.
Be it high tide, low tide,
happily Johnny agreed.

He wished for his supper & she wished for gold
& soon they were rich as Kings.
But after a time, their love it grew cold
replaced by material things.
Be it high tide, low tide,
all for material things.

It's said that poor Johnny still works on the sea
he says that if marriage is something you seek
& you want a life that's humble & free
then never trust fish that can speak.
Be it high tide, low tide,
never trust fish that can speak.
Be it high tide, low tide,
don't trust a fish that can speak
Track Name: This Life
Now and then we all must manage
what's on our mind & in our heart
from scoundrels, thieves, to tender lovers
the world moves around
& we play our part.

The world moves around it goes on & on
don't let it pass you by.
My friend if there's on thing you do with this life
don't let it pass you by.

Curl up small right here beside me
lay your pride & fear aside.
Let these loving arms surround you
with the setting of the sun
& the turn of the tide.

The world moves around it goes on & on
don't let it pass you by.
My friend if there's on thing you do with this life
don't let it pass you by.

I can see your mind is racing
let me help you work it out.
I will try & ease your burden,
soothe your pain
& remove your doubt.

The world moves around it goes on & on
don't let it pass you by.
My friend if there's on thing you do with this life
don't let it pass you by.

The world moves around it goes on & on
don't let it pass you by.
My friend if there's on thing you do with this life
don't let it pass you by.
It goes on & on
don't let it pass you by.
My friend if there's on thing you do with this life
don't let it pass you by.
Track Name: Lord Rendall
Where've you been all the day
Rendall my son?
Where've you been all the day
my pretty one?
I've been to me sweethearts
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

What have you eaten
Rendall my son?
What have you eaten
my pretty one?
Eels & broth mother
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

Where did she get them from
Rendall my son?
Where did she get them
my pretty one?
From hedges & ditches
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

What colour were the eels
Rendall my son?
What colour were they
my pretty one?
Spicket & sparkit
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

What will you give your father
Rendall my son?
What will you give him
my pretty one?
My houses & land mother
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

What will you give your mother
Rendall my son?
What will you give me
my pretty one?
oh gold & silver
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.

What will you give your girl
Rendall my son?
What will you give her
my pretty one?
A rope to hang her
& make my bed soon
for I'm sick to my heart
& I fain would lie down.
Track Name: The Allotment
One fine October morning
the sun shone all around
such a lovely time of year
to be working on the ground
& many a friend surrounded us
come to enjoy the day
& work upon their plot of land
all in their own way.

Tell me the ways of the past
& teach me how to grow
show me the ways of the land
through sunshine, wind, rain & snow.

I'm from the generation
of new technology.
I grew up in a time of change
& 90's kids TV.
But please don't judge too harshly
we really try our best,
You'll be surprised how much we care
& we'll soon pick up the rest.

Tell me the ways of the past
& teach me how to grow
show me the ways of the land
through sunshine, wind, rain & snow.

For it's you that knows the secrets
& it's you that holds the key
& passing on tradition
sustains our history.
& it's true that sometimes things get lost
& slowly fade away.
So before they do let's sing a tune
in remembrance of today.

Tell me the ways of the past
& teach me how to grow
show me the ways of the land
through sunshine, wind, rain & snow.

One fine October morning
the sun shone all around
such a lovely time of year
to be working on the ground
& many a friend surrounded us
come to enjoy the day
& work upon their plot of land
all in their own way.

Tell me the ways of the past
& teach me how to grow
show me the ways of the land
through sunshine, wind, rain & snow.

Tell me the ways of the past
& teach me how to grow
show me the ways of the land
through sunshine, wind, rain & snow.

Round:

Black eyed susan growing up the fence
& up she grows x 4

Orange & yellow & black & green
& all the things that you have seen
Orange & yellow & black & green
& all the things to come x2

Black eyed susan growing up the fence
& up she grows x 4
Track Name: Interesting Times
You are glowing, I can see it,
the light shines brightly through the dark.
Every step you take inspires
a fire that blazes from a spark.
I'm strong again, a little frayed around the edges.

Banks & bosses, politicians,
they must think that we forget.
That sometimes power breeds thieves & liars
& Robin Hood ain't turned up yet.
What's happening? This country's upside down.

Life gets on top of me it climbs on my shoulders
& sits there comfortably digging in its heels.
Sometimes I feel it, sometimes I forget,
mostly I just brush it off & remember what you said
'we're living in interesting times'.

Big smiles & all that matters,
is that we stand up for our rights.
No matter how mad it makes you
use words not fists to win the fight.
I'm free again you saved me from myself.
Track Name: Did you ever?
The clouds remain suspended,
peacefully they watch on
the water stumbles onwards through the rocks.
Eyes closed, arms open
& rose tinted cheeks.
A spotty dress that's been ripped to shreds
from climbing in the trees.

Did you ever play that game
where you spin round, lay on the ground
& feel the earth move all around?

I bear witness as the moon chases the sun away
there's never been a more crystal clear night.
Eyes closed arms wide open
the cold it pinched my cheeks
a hat that barely fits my head
& boots upon my feet.

Did you ever play that game
where you spin round, lay on the ground
& feel the earth move all around?

There's not enough people
who ever stop to think
& there's far too much appreciation
for the wrong thing.
& our lives are conditioned
but it's self inflicted.
Did you ever stop to think?

Did you ever play that game
where you spin round, lay on the ground
& feel the earth move all around?

Did you ever stop to think?
Did you ever stop to think?
Track Name: Silver & Gold
The summer is fading & autumns approaching
the air it is crisp & dry
I find myself thinking, I watch I drink in
the beauty of the sky.

The winters grow harsher, the summers seem shorter
no trace of the past can be found.
The leaves turn to gold & fall down gently
to rest on the littered ground.

The gold it glistens & shines in the sunlight
but people just walk on by.
They don't even see it, they trample straight through it
& still they pass along by.

Now wealth it comes in different measures
the mind, the heart & the soul.
But some people go by the depth of their pockets
& count it in silver & gold.

Though times they are tough, fine riches surround you
it isn't so hard to find.
Just open your eyes, take a good look around you
& I bet you will be surprised.

For the verges have withered & bleached in the sunlight
perhaps its a sign of the times
as harvest draws nearer I hope to see clearer
but I fear we shall pay for our crimes.

The summer is fading & autumns approaching
the air it is crisp & dry.
Track Name: The Begging Song
Of all the trades in England
a begging is the best
for when a beggar's tired
you can lay him down to rest

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x2

I've a pocket for me oatmeal
another for me rye
a bottle by me side that I can
drink when I am dry

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x2

I've patches on me back
& a black patch on me knee
& when you come to take me home
I'll drink as well as thee

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x2

I sleep beneath an open tree
& there I pay no rent
& providence provides for me
& I am well content

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x2

I fear no plots against me
for I live an open cell
& who would be a King then
when beggars live so well?

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x2

Of all the trades in England
a begging is the best
for when a beggar's tired
you can lay him down to rest

& a begging I will go
& a begging I will go x12
Track Name: By The Shore
At eve I wandered by the shore
& watched the tide come in.
I heard the distant breaker roar
with hoarse resounding din.

Then onward came the flowing tide
nights shadows fell around.
Enshrouding all the ocean wide
in mystic gloom profound.

Then from the rocky steep afar
shone out a beacon light.
More brightly shining like a star
as darker grew the night.

With constant steady ray it beamed
resplendent o'er the sea
& through the gloomy darkness seemed
a star of hope to be.