From the album River Valley Dreaming

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A Sarah Carroll/Andrew Hull song I found on The Junes CD. Tamworth was my home from 1975 and I’ve survived many laps of Peel Street at festival time every year since then. Watching the rise and rise of buskers’ culture over the years, this quirky tale of unrequited love on Peel Street delighted me and made me smile. I had to do it.

Lyrics

Peel Street Busker’s Lament
control/copyright Sarah Carroll/Andrew Hull

he was the first beat in the last bar,
I was living on middle C
he had rhythm and rhyme, kept good time,
but he played in a different key
oh what went wrong with our country song,
the one we used to play
meet me on the offbeat, I’m a semi-tone away

well he came home with some new melody,
that he picked up off the street
he was taking notes on her squeezebox,
and sleeping in her cheap sheets
now its getting late in the middle eight,
and that tune won’t go away
meet me on the offbeat, I’m a semi tone away

just a semi-tone away but our song was bound to fail
he hit the charts, broke my heart,
now we’re right off the scales

now it’s a lonesome place to be,
back here on middle C
so if you’re sliding by, give me a try,
we could make some harmony
I’m an old acoustic picker ready to plug into your pa
meet me on the offbeat, I’m a semi-tone away
meet me on the offbeat, I’m a semi-tone away