Top of the Stairs

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My Great, Great Aunt Christiana was married four times in Liverpool to four widowers, such were the perils of the life of a mariner. Her last marriage lasted 22 years.

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THE ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS (DADGAD)

Pastries for grafters
Pennies for the home
Off to the preacher
Happiness known
“Won’t you marry us preacher,
Won’t you marry us please?
Won’t you marry us sir
Our time’s short and sweet”

There’s a knock at the door
The man from the dockyard stood
Clutching his cloth cap
No need for words
Another family grieves
A widow weeps
Another suitor stands and stairs
From the room at the top of the stairs

Pastries for lodgers
To make ends meet
Sunrise to sunset
On cobbled terraced streets
Pastries for grafters
Pennies for the home
Off to the preacher
Happiness known
“Won’t you marry us preacher,
Won’t you marry us please?
Won’t you marry us sir
Our time’s short and sweet”

Weary and tired
From the swell and the tide
Weary and tired
From the swell and the tide
The Jerseyman now the widow’s prize
Left the ocean behind
Twenty years or more of bliss
How hard they fought to come to this

“Won’t you marry us preacher,
Won’t you marry us please?
Won’t you marry us sir
Our time’s short and sweet”

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from Inheritance, released October 18, 2019
John Reed: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Ali Karim Esmaail: production

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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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