Tony Winn

My thoughts on songwriting? Hmmm? Well I’ve written songs and poems since I was a little boy but got really into it when Bob Dylan came onto the scene when I was 14.  I was highly influenced by the so called “folk revival” but also absorbed all forms of pop and classical music and mixed it with my love of theatre and literature in general.  Why I write songs? I find it easier to express things in song than I do in conversation I guess. Plus there’s a bit of showing off probably!  You don’t want to hear me waffling on – here’s a poem that explains what happens.
Where they come from is a mystery
They fly blindly around a confined space
Colliding and tumbling together
Forming confused alliances and oppositions
Until finally spilling onto a blank page
Where they are assembled, disassembled, reassembled,
Refined and organised
Into some sort of poem.
Common question: Which comes first the words or the music?
My Answer: They accompany each other into my head (usually when I am least

expecting it).

SPEECHLESS
The words of this song came slow to the page
All inspiration deserting me
But it’s not that her beauty is so hard to define
It’s just that she’s left me speechless

The weavers of words write their poems and books
No wonder on earth has been left undescribed
And when love strings her bow I’m not usually slow
It’s just that she’s left me speechless

Trying to say in a different way
What everyone knows to be far beyond words

The chains of our language imprison my tongue
I’m speechless.

© Tony Winn

Speechless – with Sarah Graves on concertina

Tony started playing guitar and writing songs around the age of 14 and has been playing the UK acoustic music scene ever since. He first came to light as part of the duo The Popular Wobblies, but has since carved out a solo career whilst playing with other bands: Short Stories, Mamwf, Box of Rain, Songs from the Blue House and currently Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs. His 7th album of original songs was released in 2018 and he hopes to be working on the 8th in due course. Noteable performances include a live show at “New Scotland Yard” and a couple of runs at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show “Singing in the Bath”.

More information on Tony’s website : www.tonywinn.org.uk. His albums can be purchased through the website or downloaded from all Internet Platforms.

PUSH & PULL
Get born – learn to crawl
Stand up – be careful not to fall
Learn to walk – learn to talk
Grow a bit – & go to school
Playing in the playground
It’s hide & seek – you’re found
Do a test you’re the best
You must do better than the rest
You gotta come top cause
Second place is nowhere
Chorus
I’m tired of all this push and pull, when will man be easywe chase our tails in the dance of life, oh why can’t we be still

Second verse – turn the page
Now you’re teenage
What’s the fashion – what’s the trend
Gotta get gotta get gotta get a girlfriend
You’re eighteen – now you’re a voter
It’s hello john like my motor
S’not as fast as my one
You want a bet the race is on
Round the corner up the street
You gotta prove you can’t be beat
First one back’s a hero
Second place is nowhere
Chorus

Now you’re grown up – you got a steady job
You got a wife, you got a family
You got a mortgage – you got a bank loan
iPad, Notebook, 5G Telephone
You drive fast – well you can’t be late
It’s a most important business date
You gotta make a sale – you can’t afford to fail
You got bills to pay – with no delay
And there’s a man at the door wants money for a charity
The kid wants a bike & the wife wants parity
You want a rest but you gotta go shopping
The lawn wants mowing & the car keeps stopping
The boss is on the phone he wants to call a sales meeting
You’re nearest competitor appears to be beating you
You gotta make a change – redefine and rearrange
Second place is nowhere
Chorus

© Tony Winn 1999

Tony started playing guitar and writing songs around the age of 14 and has been playing the UK acoustic music scene ever since. He first came to light as part of the duo The Popular Wobblies, but has since carved out a solo career whilst playing with other bands: Short Stories, Mamwf, Box of Rain, Songs from the Blue House and currently Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs. His 7th album of original songs was released in 2018 and he hopes to be working on the 8th in due course. Noteable performances include a live show at “New Scotland Yard” and a couple of runs at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show “Singing in the Bath”.