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Token Shanty

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This land is your land, this land is my land

From Cornish Land’s End to the Scottish Highlands

And the country is one small island

Between two seas a slender slip of dry land

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

Wherever you are it’s temptingly close

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast!

Scarborough, Clacton, Ilfracombe, Strumble Head

Cromer, Whitley Bay, Stonehaven, Troon,

Redcar, Eyemouth, Flanborough Head

The shells and seaweed, the harbours and beaches

The waves a-crash and the seagull a-screeches

King Lear’s valedictory speeches

The United Kingdom’s outermost reaches

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The bits of Britain that I like the most

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast!

Beachy Head, Foulness Point, Milford Haven, Pwlgwaelod

Brighton, Robin Hood’s Bay, Banff, Nairn, Butt of Lewis

The lonely lighthouses the cavernous caves

The King Canute-defying roar of the waves

That brought Dunwich to a watery grave

And one day will do even London great scath

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The sweetest setting summer can boast

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The sweetest setting winter can boast

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast- to the coast! (Hear Hear! Cheers!)

credits

from The Wayward Buskers, released December 30, 2009
Composer: Ian Cockburn
Max Broady: guitar
Beth Maiden: accordion
Hywel Lewis: glockenspiel
Adam John Miller: percussion
Max, Beth, Hywel, Leesh, Emily, Adam, John: vocals
I..C.: vocals, melodica

Produced and mixed by Adam.
Recorded at Adam's house

Thanks of course to Woody Guthrie

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