'The Walls and I' - Poem by Errol McGlashan
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'The Walls and I' - Poem by Errol McGlashan

'Uncle' Errol McGlashan delivers his raw, insightful poem 'Walls' in this short video produced by Celebrate Life https://www.celebrate-life.co.uk 'Walls' Over a period of time I built up these walls In the halls of my mind They limit my perception Of how high I can climb These walls and I We go way back to when I first found myself penned In a crib In a crèche In my first orphanage No my parents weren’t dead Although they might have been And ever since then In one way or another Whether cos I’ve mucked up Or had a run of bad luck I gets locked up In kids’ homes and hostels Detention Centre and Borstal Brixton to Feltham Belmarsh to Wanno I’ve done em all I’m not even bothered no more Sometimes it’s good to get away from it all I’m like, lock me the eff up And throw away the key Nah don’t just chuck it Grind it up into pieces Just in case someone finds it And decides to release me That what you call freedom... you can keep it It’s not for me, leave me be Major or minor crime I’ll do the time These walls and I are just fine Better than hanging around Out here getting my heart broke Where there’s a potential to smoke dope till I choke In an attempt to dissolve this lump in my throat You call this living? I call it a joke Save your tears, there’s no victims Within these walls Just volunteers Of course, these walls are just a reflection Of the walls I’ve built up in my mind Built for protection at a time when life was less kind But there are times when A man can get a little bit pensive After all I’ve been hanging around Within these walls now For for half a century And I dunno what life is all about And how it’s meant to be But in another couple of decades I’m for the cemetery Maybe it’s time I climbed out Of this mind-made penitentiary But you see those walls? They seem so tall I guess I could climb them But what if I fall? But what if I fall I guess I could climb them But what if I fall Oh it’s time I stopped wallowing around Down here in the mire I thought I was safe within these walls But these walls are a liar So I’m kicking off cell door I’m biting through barbed wire I’m coming with new desire I’ve got the fire No more will these walls Have me fumbling around Like a stumbling clown Oh that rumbling sound...? Prepare the ground It’s these walls they’re about to come Tumbling down
Celebrate Life Events - Promo
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Celebrate Life Events - Promo

Celebrate Life puts on performance and film events round London combining music with a message of peace. Please check https://www.celebrate-life.co.uk for upcoming events and find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateLifeEvents and twitter: @CelebLM Video Edited by Wendy, Photos by Nitesh Mistry. Filmed at The Hideaway, Streatham, by Anne-Marie Goodman and Richard Pickett Big thank you to everyone at LBPF (Little Big Peace Festival), who promote peace in Streatham. Celebrate Life partnered with this group for the Voices for Peace event at the Hideaway. For more info please see their website: http://www.littlebigpeace.com/ Message of peace from Prem Rawat www.wopg.org Thanks to all the artists - you can check out their music at these links: Dele Sosimi meets Lokkhi Terra: A musical Mash-up between two of London's hippest bands. Ex-Fela Kuti Keyboardist and Afro-Beat originator DELE SOSIMI joined forces with UK/Bangladeshi pianist and leader of Lokkhi Terra KISHON KHAN. Together with members of their respective bands, they present a worldly Sound Clash -- mixing various musical styles from Cuban Rumba to Afro-beat to Jazz. http://www.delesosimi.org/index.php Ramon Goose and Abdoulaye Samb - exploring the link between the blues and Africa https://www.facebook.com/ramongooseofficial https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abdoulaye-Samb-Minnjiaraby/318479761504528 Poetry by Marcia Mar (also interviewed) Marcia is a multimedia artist, poet, writer, performer, singer and an experimental composer. You can find out more about her work on the links below. www.marciamar.com www.marciamar.commyspace.com/marciamar Najma Akhtar A musical journey from the Ganges, to the Thames, to the River Shannon and across the big pond to the Mississippi Delta. Najma explores not only in Hindi/ Urdu - Ghazal/ Sufi but also songs in English and looks at Rhythm and Blues /Folk / Celtic / with an Indian twist. For her performance at this event she was joined by David Wilkins on guitar. www.najmaakhtar.com Tiu De Haan Creative entrepreneur, facilitator, adventurer, singer-songwriter, returns to the stage with talented a trio. New collaborative arrangements of original songs by Tiu de Haan with Tara Franks on cello and vocals and Jack Ross on guitar. Classic pop melodies with hints of folk and soul, reinvented by exploring an acoustic percussive sound and rich vocal/string harmonies. http://tiudehaan.com/music https://www.facebook.com/tiudehaanmusic https://soundcloud.com/tiu-de-haan

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