Paradise Square

by Patrick Rose

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My second album, with more guitar instrumentals and other stuff!

Overall, this is an album which shows plenty of promise and good old-fashioned Yorkshire heart - Lucy Houlden, Bright Young Folk

All songs arranged by Patrick Rose.
Thanks: My family. Katie for the album layout. Guy for the pictures. All those in the Sheffield Folk Scene, who keep being nice to me for no real reason. Fay, Martin, Jess and Anne for their permission to record songs I've learned from them.


released November 1, 2012

Guitar/Voice: Patrick Rose
Artwork: Katie Green
Photography: Guy J Brown (


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Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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Track Name: Paradise Square
I’ve lived in Sheffield for all of my life
But now I’ve been sent off through pain and strife
I’ll tell you my story if you pull up a chair
And I’ll sing of Paradise Square

I worked in the steelhouse to try and cover my needs
For I had a wife and 3 children to feed
So we stood up together to ask for our share
And went to Paradise Square

And we stood there, three hundred strong
A union of steel men, together for so long
To ask for what’s even, and ask for what’s fair
Down at Paradise Square

The merchants and bankers saw us three hundred men
Feared for their lives, thought we wanted them dead
The last lot who came had got them all scared
Down at Paradise Square

They called up the law, but they couldn’t come
Over at Woodhouse, there’s things to be done
But that’s all finished, we’ll come over there
To quell those at Paradise Square

While we stood there, drawing short straws
We had no idea we were breaking the law
We came for the chance to get our fair share
As we stood at Paradise Square

The watch took too long and the army was called
There’s riots in Hillsbourough the bankers were told
But once that’s all over we’ll come over there
And save you from Paradise Square

Time ticked on, and they called the cavalry
And all arrived in their fine reverie
And police and army converged on us there
And we ran from Paradise Square

So we ran down that tight alleyway
Of the three hundred men, a tenth survived that day
Put before the judge, put before the mayor
And sent down for Paradise Square

So I left fair Sheffield for Canadee-i-o
And my wife and my kids to the poorhouse they’ll go
But the merchants and bankers, do you think that they’ll care?
Just ask those at Paradise Square
Track Name: Lord Randall
Oh where have you been?
Randell my son
Oh where have you been?
My sweet pretty one?
I have been to my sweethearts
Mother make my bed soon
For I'm sick to my heart
And fain would lie down

Oh what did she give you?
She gave me some eels

Oh what colour were there?
They were spickled and speckled

Oh they were strong poison
You'll die, you'll die

Oh what'll you leave your mother?
My gold and my jewels

Oh what'll you leave your father?
My land and my houses

Oh what'll you leave your lover?
A rope, for to hang her
Track Name: Icarus
I never wanted to fly higher
I was too fond of walking
So when you said you'd touch the sky
I thought it was your way of talking
And then you said you'd build some wings
You'd found out how it could be done
But I was doubtful of everything
I never thought you'd reach the sun

And you were so clever with your hands
I'd watch you for hours
With the paint and the rubber band
The feathers and the lace and flower
And the finish wings they glowed so bright
Like some bird of glory
I began to envy you your flight
Like some old hero's story

You tried to get me to go with you
You tried all ways to dare me
But I looked at the sky so blue
I thought the heights would scare me
But I carried your wings for you
Up the path and to the cliffface
Kissed you goodbye and watched your eyes
Already bright with sunlight

And it was so grand at the start
To watch you soaring higher
There was a pain deep in my heart
Your wings seemed tipped with fire
Like some eagle or a lark
Soaring forever
Like some ember or a spark
Rising from earth to heaven

Then I believed all that you said
I believed all that you told me
You'd do a think no man had ever done
You'd touch the stars to please me
And then I saw your white wings fail
I saw your feathers faulter
And watched you drop like a ball of gold
Into the wide green water

Some are born to fly higher
Some are born to follow
Some are born to touch the sky
While some walk deep in the hollow
And as I watched your body fall
I knew really you had won
For your grave was not the earth
But a reflection of the sun
Track Name: Deep Blue Sea
Deep blue sea Willie
Deep blue sea
Deep blue sea Willie
Deep blue sea
Deep blue sea Willie
Deep blue sea
It was Willie that drowned
In the deep blue sea

Dig his grave with a silver spade..

Lower him down on a golden chain...

Golden sun bring him back to me...

Deep blue sea Willie, deep blue sea...
Track Name: The Ballad of Charlie David
My brother was a miner
His name was Charlie Dave
He spent his whole young life laughing
And digging out his grave

When Charlie David was sixteen
He learnt to chew and spit
And he went one day with grandpa
And went to work in the pit

For Charlie David, he was big
And Charlie Dave was strong
And Charlie Dave was two feet wide
And over six feet long

When Charlie David was sixteen
He met his Maggie June
On day shift weeks they met at eight
On backshift weeks at noon

When Charlie David was sixteen
He said to June “Let's wed”
Maggie June was so surprised
She fell right out of bed


When Charlie David was sixteen
June had a little boy
Maggie June was not surprised
And Charlie jumped for joy


When Charlie David was sixteen
The roof fell on his head
His laughing face was filled with clay
Now Charlie Dave is dead
Track Name: Blinded By Devotion
A girl in Salvation is crying
As torment is leaving her soul
But as the blows fall and God’s word is called
The devil still resides within

Her mouth feels drier and drier
Her stomach cries out for release
But still the pain comes, nothing will be done
Or hell would take us with it’s grin

You never stuck up for your own flesh and blood
You never protected your child
You never defended that sweet little girl
For devotion had blinded your eye

The crimes of a innocent child
Causing hell to reside within
The question god’s will, and for that she will
Need saving from his condemnation

But no matter how hard we tell her
No matter we try
She still won’t give in, she still speaks in sin
The devil is her own reflection


But he is a tricksome young devil
He’ll not leave her of his own will
We must intervene, or we would be seen
With a devil who is only seven

We’ll take her down into the cellar
We’ll fervently pray for release
The blemish and rot, it’ll all be forgot
When her soul is clean fit for heaven


The devil cannot stand birchwood
He must leave her soon they all said
She gibbers and talks, so soon he will walk
So she can be fully forgiven

He fights to remain in her body
He refuses to give in
Her words become wild, but this evil child
Knows it is by God we are driven


This devil is still here within her
The measures must be increased
Iron he can’t stand, it’s not of his land

He can’t remain here much longer
Her voice seems weaker and weaker
The devil, he can’t stand it too
She cries one last time, and pays for their crime
And he is no longer part of her


So Sophie resides in Salvation
While deacons and matrons live on
And God’s will is done, the school is still run
By the word of the almighty’s son

So beware of the fire and brimstone
That leads your life straight into hell
But in the abyss, make sure you don’t miss
The murderer you have become
Track Name: Child's Lullaby
Hush a while my little baby
Can’t you hear the angels sing?
The path to home is filled with dark
But songs will light the way

Songs of memories, songs of future
Songs of things we’ll never see
Songs for a tiny child
In a lowly bed

Sleep well my dear child
Sleep well, and rest your head
Let dreams of joy be given
And comfort in your bed

Let your sleep be undisturbed
Let nightmares go elsewhere
Let your head be untroubled
Whilst the music plays

Tunes of men who search for jewels
Tunes of men we’ll never know
Tunes all for a tiny child
In my own embrace