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My ancestor was a Polish merchant seaman with the East India company. His ship was seconded by the Royal Navy for the Napoleonic Wars. Imperialism delivers only hate.

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MONTEVIDEO

The Lancaster was by the harbourside
For East India was gathering the prize
She was pressed into the Wars
And the service of the King
The Lancaster was by the harbourside

The city had been “carried by assault”
Hawkesbury puffed his chest and so declared
Castlereagh showed his pride
At “this glorious enterprise”
That the city had been “carried by assault”

“Plenty of work but little to eat
Yet we were servants of the King”
We saw that man beneath the gun
Relinquish everything

Nine thousand miles across the stormy sea
For the Riflemen to set about their siege
Six soldiers and their knives
No mercy for his life
Nine thousand miles across the stormy sea

John Cofty laboured thirteen years at sea
That day he saw such inhumanity
For the glory of the Crown
They took that city down
John Cofty laboured thirteen years at sea

“Plenty of work but little to eat
Yet we were servants of the King”
We saw that man beneath the gun
Relinquish everything

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from Inheritance, released October 18, 2019
John Reed: vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion
Ali Karim Esmaail: production
Matt Steady: viola
Duncan Reed: vocals

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John Reed Manchester, UK

John is a Blackpool born singer-songwriter from Greater Manchester whose songs cover themes of social injustice, environment, politics, and life.

That said, John's latest album #Inheritance is about #Ancestry #Family #Love #Environment and #Peace

Working in collaboration with other musicians and backing band The Folded Arms, John delivers powerful and thought provoking live shows.
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