People Of Padiham

by Jay Stansfield

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I was asked to come and set up a little songwriting marquee during Painting Padiham, a festival where artists from all over come and paint the town onto canvasses. After beckoning over random members of the public and asking them short questions about their lives, I took their name and answer, committed it to paper and played it back to them instantly on my guitar. It wasn't long before I had a full song so I wrote a chorus, took it into the studio and recorded it. This is our song, we're the People Of Padiham.

Recorded at Groove Studios, Burnley.
Drums by Chris Lewis.
Artwork by Stephen Ormerod, Storm Art Gallery, Padiham

lyrics

Edie wants a better singing voice,
It’s all about a choice,
Shaz loves living in Wycoller,
Soaking up the sun,
Freddie is scared of Gorillas,
But Gorillas are scared of Freddie!
Matt loves summer,
The days are long,
There’s more time to have fun singing songs.

Ryan likes it with a beer and a book,
Bob likes putting his socks back on,
After the day so long.

CHORUS
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the People,
Yeah we’re the people!

Eugene only came cos he was invited
And Phamie says:

“Music! Music! Music! Music! Music! Music! Music! Music!”
Isla loves her friends and family,
Izzy loves them too,
Jean wants to visit the Taj Mahal,
Sit, look, then fly back home to you.

CHORUS
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the People,
Yeah we’re the people!

Ruby, well, she wants a dog,
Not sure how her cat will feel,
Kelsie enjoys sleeping,
And Rita she loves elephants for real,
Susie’s at the seaside,
Barry he’s in love,
Jeanie G she loves the town,
And loves the artists all around!

CHORUS
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the People,
Yeah we’re the people!

Well Susan she pulled up some heather,
It was really lovely weather but her arm got covered in ants,
She really hates ants..
Suzanne wants a new job,
Pam loves the green space,
The trainline,
The beautiful church,
Holly likes Summer,
Cos you can play on the beach and swim with the frogs,
But spiders - Maisy doesn’t like those,
Ian fears failing at a task,

And Michael makes love with his Peg to make him feel much lighter! (wit woo!!)

CHORUS
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the People,
Yeah we’re the people!

This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the people of Padiham,
This is our song we’re the People,
Yeah we’re the people!

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released July 21, 2018
Jay Stansfield

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Jay Stansfield Lancashire

Original, affecting and a tad bonkers, Jay Stansfield has charmed us with his inventive approach to songwriting.

An artist with an eccentric songcraft, wrapped up in a 60s pop sheen.

He has steadily built a bank of great songs and some amazing videos - in his fiercely independent fashion.

Jay is also fronts British postpunk band ALL HAIL HYENA who can be found here on Bandcamp.
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