Weapons Antique & Modern

by Robin Elliott

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1.
little soldier, littler soldier don't you know where you come from little soldier, little soldier aren't you going to get your gun where have all the children gone a long time passing winter into spring where have all the flowers gone they're underneath the concrete of the streets there's a guy around this way who walks the streets you used to play and everybody who knows his name whispers it little soldier, little soldier if you've got nowhere to run little soldier, little soldier aren't you going to get your gun your mother warned you but she knows you'll meet him one day down the road maybe he's only just around the corner maybe one day he'll come for you and then what else are you to do maybe you've got no option but to take him on you'd best be strong little soldier, little soldier aren't you going to get your gun little soldier, little soldier don't you know where you come from now he steps out from the shadows and underneath the streetlight sees you plainly he knows what your after he knows your face he knows your name where have all the children gone where've they gone and what of them's become where have all the children gone they've gone for soldiers every one and now he whispers in your ear and you recognise the voice you hear what was it that you used to be afraid of don't you know where he comes from and ain't you known him all along maybe he's going to get you everything you want that's what he says you were always brave little soldier, little soldier now you're not so little anymore little soldier, little soldier someone's knocking at your door all the little soldiers where have all the little soldiers gone maybe they got older maybe they've all gone to get their guns © Robin Elliott 2006 all rights reserved
2.
spits of rain she wont change, she wont change you can't change the weather or the blood in your veins she's going round to an old friend across town to pick up and he'll give her something that I never could our troubles, darling they're not worth the pain we ain't worth to the wide world the falling of two spits of rain bright shards of sunlight break through from above whatever I give her it's never enough it's sunlight puts the shadows on her arms again it's sunlight gives us shadows the rest of the sky spits rain now we're together I don't feel a thing except for sunlight in my veins and love for you, my dear now we're together I don't feel a thing except for sunlight in my veins, love © Robin Elliott 2006 all rights reserved
3.
In Your Name 04:16
forward four black horses stride black feathers in their manes dressed in their best and sorrow all your people crowd the lanes your carriage drawn behind and proud we follow in our lines all in your name all your friends are gathered here to greet you once again to tell of all the things you did and all the gifts you gave how strange that you aren't here for all the laughter and the tears falling in your name we know this is not the end something still remains there's an honour to defend kept in your name one black ribbon winding through the streets that you once knew we process, our footsteps trapped in time with some black-hearted tune to the fields most tearstained and build a palace of a grave all in your name forward four black horses stride drawing us behind cold we burn, and black with rage burning in your name © 2006 Robin Elliott all rights reserved
4.
Rashomon 05:03
I'm older than I was, young as I'll ever be I'm at the age now where my youth appeals to me funny how time's gone as soon as it's here moment after moment and year after year I'm from a town by the estuary where the arse of the river meets the mouth of the sea and that town's a shithole and everyone leaves sunk down in the river or caught by the breeze across that battlefield of oceans blue who knows if your letter made though I'm young as I ever was, old as I'll ever be and everything I was I left where I used to be in pain or anger, where I was I stand there still pleasure or laughter, I stand there I always will they can call me by the wrong name but I remain the same maybe you remember the times that we touched when we witnessed each other shared truths with a look and out in the desert, proud warriors on horseback say your soul's stolen in the frame of a photograph if you can't remember where I was that's 'cause I'm still there when you can't remember where I was I'm still there © 2006 Robin Elliott all rights reserved

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A selection of the material commissioned by Dare Films for use in the feature film A Very British Gangster and the series Macintyre's Underworld.

Originally released on Folkroom Records.

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released May 7, 2013

Robin Elliott - guitars, piano, voice
Bartek Stuchlik - bass on Spits of Rain and Little Soldier
Omri Schitrit - bass on Rashomon
Brett Harding - drums on Spits of Rain and Little Soldier
Seb Durkin - drums on Rashomon

Spits of Rain and Little Soldier recorded and produced by Joao Antunes
In Your Name and Rashomon recorded and produced by Tobi Lustigman
Mastered by Mike Hillier

All songs written by Robin Elliott

Portrait by Karla Da Silva
Collage by Sandra Veljanovski

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Robin Elliott London, UK

Extraordinary songwriter and performer.

Funnier and more self-deprecating than this makes me sound.

Forthcoming album There is a Land is awash with novel narrative strategies and novelty Brexit tunes.

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