I saw Robert Ellis last night supporting Richard Thompson at Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Sing Along – guitar-picking song about being brought up as a Southern Baptist in the bible belt.
Nobody talks too loud in my home town
Nobody stands too tall for fear of getting knocked down. .
And the flames of hell, they seemed so high
I could barely see over the view
I was just a boy when they told me that lie,
But lord it seemed so true.
And that’s a hell of a thing to do to a kid
Just to teach him right from wrong
You can burn in hell the rest of your days,
Or you can choose to sing along.
Richard Thompson started off with songs from his new album Electric, including Salford Sunday
(He pointed out that Salford was the dirty old town of Ewan McColl’s famous song.)
He still can write the songs though he did spend a lot of the evening doing guitar pyrotechnics – too much for my taste. I prefer him doing straight ballads. And he didn’t do Beeswing or Vincent Black Lightening. But he did do this great version of Hey Joe:-