Songs

Click the song title for full details, lyrics, and story behind each song, as well as a recording and, where available, a video clip.

Not all songs are linked yet but will be by the end of the year.

If you prefer to just listen to entire albums you can do that too.

When The Sunlight Shines album

Corridors of Stone album

Liverpool 800 EP

We Can Make The World Stop album

Tressell And Me Radio Ballad

Singles

The Dirty Thirty

Greedy Fingers

Not On Albums (Yet!)

Take Your Children To The Hill

Folk Star

Come Join The Army Son

The Non League Mighty Reds

We Can Make The World Stop

We Can Make The World Stop

Run Patsy Run

The Limerick Soviet

Together

Princess Deborah

Waiting For The Lovers

John Lennon Said

Hello Barren Desert

Any Change At All

Chasing Yourself

Take The Mothers Name

All Hail To The Market

Corridors Of Stone

You Are My Addiction

Corridors Of Stone

Because You’re Beautiful

Woody’s Song

Life Of Crime

Make A Man

Today’s Just Yesterday

Thursday Night Drinking Song

I Want Rosa To Stay

The Ship Song

Liverpool 800

True Love Of Mine

Under Neptune’s Hand

Liverpool Love Song

Red And Blue

My Granddad Was A Docker

Coming Home

Corridors of Stone Album – Listen

Corridors Of Stone by alunparry

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Folk Star

With apologies to Nickelback hehe

Live performance at Radical Liverpool, Saturday 11th February, 2012.

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Corridors Of Stone

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We Can Make The World Stop by alunparry

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Liverpool 800 EP – Listen

Liverpool 800 EP by alunparry

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My Name Is Dessie Warren

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Lyrics

Up and down the nation he gave the workers strength and courage
Up and down the nation he taught us to prevail
He fought for safer building sites he argued for a pound an hour
He was so successful that they put him in the jail

Some workers leaders they are sent to royal garden parties
Some workers leaders are sent to the House Of Lords
Some workers leaders they are sent to jail they’re sent to prison
Which ones sold you down the river which ones fought your cause

The guard said whats your number boy
He said: My name is Dessie Warren
The guard said that’s your name you fool
Your number’s what I need
And he said
My name is Dessie Warren
Do you hear my name is Dessie Warren
The number it belongs to you
I’m only saying my name

The bosses and the Tory Party plotted to imprison Dessie
Labour came to power but still Dessie was not free
So don’t just point your finger at the ones who framed him in the first place
Also at the scoundrels who clung on to the key

Dessie Warren he refused to take the label of a criminal
They branded him awkward to be broken and denied
They drugged him and infected him with chemicals and tranquilisers
The bastards went and killed him cos he dared to take our side

Story

I got involved with the Shrewsbury Pickets Justice Campaign during the Summer of 2009.

The campaign is the continued fight for an official pardon for the people targeted by the state during the National Building Strike in the 1970’s.

Using the Conspiracy Act, never designed or used before to cover trade union activities, the bosses of the construction industry teamed up with the Tory Government to put our people in jail.

One was Ricky Tomlinson, now well known to all as a famous and talented actor.

Another was a working class hero by the name of Des Warren.

Des had a terrible time in prison. They wouldn’t give him his own spectacles, or shoes that fit.

They also gave him the “liquid cosh.” This is where the prison service administers drugs to inmates it considers awkward.

Dessie and Ricky insisted, quite rightly, upon political prisoner status. As a result Dessie spent most of his sentence in solitary confinement.

When Labour were elected in 1974, they kept Ricky and Dessie in jail in what was a scandalous betrayal. Des Warren ended up spending more time in prison under Labour than the Tories. A telling lesson for anyone who wants to learn it.

Crucially, when Dessie was finally released from prison, he developed drug-induced Parkinsons which blighted his remaining days and eventually killed him. The drugs that induced it were the very same ones given to him in jail as the liquid cosh.

This fight for justice is now in its fourth decade. There is still no pardon. The fight goes on.

I wrote this song for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign and performed it for the first time, somewhat nervously, in front of Dessie’s sisters on 4th July 2009.

It appears on a compilation album to be released soon entitled “Whose Conspiracy?”

It features myself, Billy Bragg, Ricky Tomlinson, Chumbawamba, Roy Bailey, Leon Rosselson, Robb Johnson, Atilla The Stockbroker, Claire Mooney, Tracey Curtis, and David Ferrard.

Links

Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets

Guardian Obituary by Kevin Maguire and Ricky Tomlinson

Video

This is me singing the song live for the first time and in front of Dessie’s sisters.

You’ll spot some initial nervousness. They were sat in the front row and as much as we celebrate Dessie in the movement, he was their brother.

It was hard to fight back tears to be honest so was a difficult performance, but there’s little in music that I’ve been prouder to do.

Note there’s been one lyric change since for strict historical accuracy. There’s also an additional verse that I didn’t end up recording when it came to recording it properly.

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We Can Make The World Stop album – Listen

We Can Make The World Stop by alunparry

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When The Sunlight Shines Album Listen

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