Genesis Hall
Fairport Convention Lyrics

My father he rides with your sheriffs
And I know he would never mean harm,
But to see both sides of a quarrel
Is to judge without haste or alarm

Oh, oh, helpless and slow,
And you don't have anywhere to go

You take away homes from the homeless
And leave them to die in the cold
The gypsy who begged for your presents
He will laugh in your face when you're old


Well, one man he drinks up his whiskey
Another he drinks up his wine
And they'll drink till their eyes are red with hate
For those of a different kind


When the rivers run quicker than trouble
I'll be there at your side in the flood
It was all I could do to keep myself
From taking revenge on your blood

(2x Chorus)

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Dartmoor Drifter

Great track that's rarely heard these days.

Roberto Burton

There never has been a voice like Sandy Denny's to make your backbone shiver. Such a beautiful beautiful voice and song.

Wim van Gorp

Martin's drumming gives me goosebumps. So sad he has to die that early. Martin Francis Lamble (28 August 1949 – 12 May 1969); the rest of this group is great too, by the way


great to have Martin Lamble remembered... such a horrible auto crash in 1969.. . Genesis Hall was where the squattors were removed forcibly from this former hotel on Drury Lane and where Richard Thompson's father was one of those policeman there during this incident.

Keith Bate

As much as I love Sandy D, I loved Thompson's live performance of this great and largely unknown song on the BBC4 Old grey whistle 30 year anniversary programme last Friday (23/02/18)


And I love that cover photo so much: a poignant glimpse of post-war suburban Britain

sam stainer

@bellinghammond Utter bollocks

paul benson

Sandy Denny's parents.


aye. a culture marked for destruction by Britain's political Left

The Infiltrator

Somehow majestic, sublime, melancholy & sweet at once. One of my favorite Fairport tracks.

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