Mr Love & Justice

Mr Love & Justice

 Swindon, England, GBR
BandFolkPop

21st Century anglicana - essentially English acoustic folk-pop in the grand tradition. The Beatles, XTC, The Beach Boys and The Byrds playing musical volley-ball with Pink Floyd, Billy Bragg and Richard Thompson.

Biography

Swindon-based English acoustic guitar-driven folk/pop collective, fronted by singer-songwriter Steve Cox, releasing albums on Homeground label (Distribution: Proper Distribution) - Watchword (2009), Homeground (2003). Originally a studio project became a live gigging band that went on to play many UK roots/folk festivals including Guilfest, Big Session, Leicester, Crawley Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival and Laimont Acoustic Guitar Festival (France). Described as an essentially English take on the west coast sound of the 1960s with contemporary, politically and socially aware lyrical concerns presented in classic melodic song-writing style. Layered guitars and vocals evoking influences from Beatles, Floyd, XTC, Weller, Byrds et al melded into a unique warm predominantly acoustic soundscape.

Lyrics

Welcome To Our Garden

Written By: Steve Cox

WELCOME TO OUR COUNTRY'S GARDEN
WELCOME TO OUR ENGLISH RAIN
WESTERN IDEAS WESTERN VALUES
SEND THEM HOME TO THINK AGAIN

PAST THE FIELDS OF HOPS AND BARLEY
PAST THE OAST HOUSE AND COUNTRY LANE
CROSS THE FIELDS AND COUNTY BORDERS
PAST THE SPIRES AND BORN AGAIN

WON'T DRAG YOU DOWN, OR CROWD YOU OUT
WHEN THERE'S ROOM INSIDE YOUR HEART
TO WELCOME THE LOST AND WITH THE SOFTEST TOUCH
SHARE THIS GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND ?HOLD OUT YOUR HAND

STEP INSIDE THIS COUNTRY GARDEN
WHERE THE ENGLISH ROSES GROW
WHERE THE LONG DAY NEVER CLOSES
AND THE SUN WILL NEVER SET

AND IN THESE HUMAN TIDES
DO YOU SEE HUMANS WAVE?
THIS IS NO FLOOD
LET'S SWIM TOGETHER

WELCOME TO OUR COUNTRY GARDEN
WELCOME TO OUR COUNTRY GARDEN
WELCOME TO OUR COUNTRY GARDEN

WELCOME TO OUR
GARDEN
GARDEN
GARDEN OF HATE

We Raise The Watchword

Written By: Steve Cox

We Raise The Watchword Liberty, We Will We Will We Will Be Free
We Raise The Watchword Liberty, We Will We Will We Will Be Free

Seven Years In A Foreign Land
For Taking Up Your Brother's Hand
For Taking Part In Society
They Say This Is A Felony

Six Men Good And Six Men True
In Combination With Me And You
In Ceremony We Hold This True
In Dorset Field We Remember You

We Raise The Watchword Liberty, We Will We Will We Will Be Free
We Raise The Watchword Liberty, We Will We Will We Will Be Free

We, The Chartists

Written By: Steve Cox

We, The Chartists ....

What Decides Who Decides?
Who Makes Their Mark?
Who Takes The Tithe?

Mr Marx, Or Mr Smith?
The Wealth Of All Nations?
Or Just The Rich?

We, The Chartists ....

Build A Fire

Written By: Steve Cox

On My Wall … A Sepia Scene
A Long Lost War … A Long Lost Dream
Making Hay Is Over … The Year Is Winding Down
And On My Watch I’m Standing …
In No-man’s Land I’ve Found
The End Of Every Season … Is Winter Everywhere

Eleventh Hour … In Every Town
The Whitest Stone … In Red Flower Gown
Making War Is Over … Fighting Losing Ground
In Medalled Rows Remembered …
And As The Sun Down Goes Down
The Sound of Every Season …
Is Silence Everywhere

Build A Fire, Dispel The Fears
Warm Enough To Melt November’s Frozen Tears
Build A Fire, From Last Year’s Leaves
And We’ll Be Back Again Next Year

Eleventh Hour … On My Wall
A Half-Watched Screen … A Long Lost Fall
Making Love Is Over … The Hours Winding Down
But In My Heart I’m Waiting …
For Next Year To Come Round
The End of Every Season, Time Will Bring Repair

Discography

Hope vs Fear (Album) 1992
Summer Madness (EP) 1997
Ideal Meal (EP) 2000
Homeground (Album) 2003
Watchword (Album) 2009

Set List

Can do 2x 45 min sets

Wishhound
Welcome To Our Garden
Homeground
We Raise Tthe Watchword
Never Know Why
Ten Bottles
Watching Water
What If..?
Hide & Seek

The Shilling Folk
This World
We Raise The Watchword
The Bottleneck Song
Everything
Never Know Why
Sunday Morning, Sunset Town
Blood & Oil
Build A Fire
We The Chartists
Driving Home
East