Might Never Happen

by Phil Doleman

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Five original songs, all recorded as live into a single mic using a variety of banjos (tenor, 5 string, and fretless).

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released November 16, 2019

Phil: vocals and banjos
Music & lyrics by Phil Doleman
©2019 Phil Doleman
Cover photo by James Millar

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"massively entertaining"
Blues Matters Magazine

"Genuinely good- time music from ukulele stalwart, who also plays a mean banjo.”
fRoots Magazine

Phil’s love of vintage blues, hokum, old-time, and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics with his intricate picking and driving rhythms on both uke and banjo
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Track Name: Won't Come Back
Won’t Come Back

I’ve been to town an’ I’ve been to the city
I’ve been on trains and planes
I sang my songs, and when no-one listened
I sang ‘em just the same

‘Cos one of these days, I won’t come back
Won’t come back, no I won’t come back
‘Cos one of these days, I won’t come back
Won’t come back, no I won’t come back
That final trip will be a one-way ticket
And I won’t come back

I’ve been to the North, I’ve been to the South
The East and West as well
Played my banjo, and if no-one listened
Well I played it loud as hell!

So play if you're able sing when you can
Don’t matter how bad it sounds
Don’t be thinking, “I wish I had”
‘Cos there ain’t no second time round

Last chorus sing ‘you won't come back’
Track Name: This Is What You Get (Landlord Blues)
This Is What You Get (Landlord Blues)

You go to work each day, wear your blisters raw
Come home late to a note on the door

This is what you get (x3)
When you can’t pay your landlord

You work a job all day and another at night
Just to feed the kids and keep on the lights

This is what you get (x3)
When you can’t pay your landlord

The bills go up, the bills go up
Pay stays the same but the bills go up
The bills go up, the bills go up
Pay stays the same but the bills go up

The government says there’s no magic tree
Cant shake none down, there’s won’t be enough for me

This is what you get (x3)
When you can’t pay your landlord

The bills go up, the bills go up
Pay stays the same but the bills go up
The bills go up, the bills go up
Pay stays the same but the bills go up

I can’t turn on the lights AND turn on the heatin’
I suppose it’s my fault, I didn’t go to Eton

This is what you get (x3)
When you can’t pay your landlord
Track Name: Why Do You Want To Work So Hard?
Why Do You Want To Work So Hard?

Why do you want to work so hard?
Why do you want to work so hard?
There’ll be no time to appreciate what you’ve done
So pour a drink, pull up a seat
Take the weight off your aching feet
Find some time to have a little fun

Why do you want to wake at dawn?
Why do you want to wake at dawn?
You’ll only have the hens for company
So stay in bed, rest some more
Before your feet hit that cold hard floor
Your jobs will be there in an hour or three

Why do you want to go to bed?
Why do you want to go to bed?
The night is young, the sun is barely set
There are songs to sing, cards to play,
Plenty of hours left in the day
So what’ll it be be? Draw, fold or bet?

Why do you want to work so hard?
Why do you want to work so hard?
There’ll be no time to appreciate what you’ve done
So pour a drink, pull up a seat
Take the weight off your aching feet
Find some time to have a little fun
Track Name: Whisky And Wine
Whisky And Wine

If the river as whisky and I was a duck
I wouldn’t believe my luck
If I was a duck and the river was wine
I’d swim ass-up all the time

I tell myself every time
Only a fool drinks whisky and wine

Just one more glass and one more shot
I haven’t drunk a lot
But now I laugh a little too loud
And it’s time they threw me out

My tongue is dry and I can’t see
The room that’s spinning round me
Can’t stand up, can’t lay down
Can’t remember the name of this town
Track Name: Might Never Happen
Might Never Happen

All of those thoughts inside your head
Keep you awake when you’re in bed
They chase round and round’til they’ve had enough
And then the alarm goes off

You have a cup of coffee, look out at the world
Then a little voice that no-one else heard, says
If you can’t put on a face you’d better not go out
‘Cos you know what the people will shout

Give us a grin! Give us a grin!
It might never happen, so give us a grin
Give us a smile! Give us a smile!
It might never happen anyway

You catch up on the world on the internet
An hour later you’ve not stopped scrolling yet
Politicians lying, they’ve destroyed the Amazon
Then someone with their CAPS LOCK on, says

Give us a grin! Give us a grin!
It might never happen, so give us a grin
Give us a smile! Give us a smile!
It might never happen anyway

You go to work in a busy office
Everybody looks like you, except for the bosses
They call you in to discuss your attitude
And they tell you what you need to do

Give us a grin! Give us a grin!
It might never happen, so give us a grin
Give us a smile! Give us a smile!
It might never happen anyway

Give us a grin! Give us a grin!
It might never happen, so give us a grin
Give us a smile! Give us a smile!
It might never happen anyway

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