Dance Away With Me

by Mrs H and The Sing-Along Band

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Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Dub, ‘Dance Away With Me’ reflects the band members various influences, as well as the multiculturalism of their home city, London. It also offers something the capital can sometimes fall short on, a multi-generational artistic endeavour, presenting music, which is, at once, remarkably accessible for children and able to carry the depth and energy to engross adults. Creating work that reintroduces us to the joy of the ‘sing-along’, Mrs H and the Sing-along Band have mastered the rare art of producing work that is truly for the whole family.

‘Dance Away With Me’ comprises recently written, original songs and interpretations of traditional compositions, performed on a plethora of instruments, in the band’s distinctive style. From the all-action 'Coming Down' which invites the listener to participate, to the beautifully delicate and melancholic 'Ladybird', all the songs are filled with heart.

The album is also technically accomplished, as is to be expected from musicians of such calibre. Headed up by ‘Mrs H’ Harriette Ashcroft on lead vocals and guitar, the band’s permanent members are Ted Barnes on banjo and guitar (Beth Orton, Clayhill), Ali Friend on double bass (Beth Orton, Red Snapper), Gill Sandell on accordion and flute (Emily Barker), Sebastian Hankins on drums (The Leisure Society) and Byron Wallen (Mercury Nominee) on trumpet. This core are joined, variously, by a stellar group of friends and collaborators that include, Sam Amidon on fiddle, Emily Loizeau and Anita Lipniska on vocals, and, perhaps the most important contributor, the children whose charming voices play such a role throughout ‘Dance Away With Me’.

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released March 23, 2015

The Sing-along Band are:
Harriette Ashcroft - Guitar and vocals
Ted Barnes - Banjo, guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion
Ali Friend - Double Bass, vocals, electric guitar, saw, percussion
Gill Sandell - Accordion, piano, flute, vocals
Sebastian Hankins - Drums
Byron Wallen - Trumpet, brass

With guest appearances by:
Sam Amidon - Fiddle
Shaun Thompson - Clarinet
Jo Silverston - Cello, saw
Sophie Soloman - Violin
Huw Davies - Harmonica

'Throw A Ball' features Emily Loizeau, Anita Lipnicka and Krixpanx.
Additional singers: Kate Hargreaves, Rhiannon Meades and the Sing-along friends.

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Track Name: Ragdoll
Rag Doll

I’ve a flippy floppy feeling and my head’s in a spin
I’m just a rag doll, a raggedy doll
And I like to dance to ragtime cos it fits right in
I’m just a rag doll, raggedy doll

Chorus
I ain’t yesterday’s news
Hear me singing the blues
Hold me steady some more
Or I’ll fall to the floor

Left my mummy and my daddy little good-bye note
I’m just a rag doll a raggedy doll
And I hitch-hiked to New Orleans
In my sister’s coat
I’m just a rag doll a raggedy doll
I ain’t yesterday’s news
Hear me singing the blues
Hold me steady some more
Or I’ll fall to the floor.

I’m just a rag doll, rag, rag doll
Rag doll, raggedy doll
I’m just a rag doll, rag, rag doll
Rag doll, raggedy doll
Raggedy raggedy raggedy
Raggedy raggedy raggedy
I’m just a raggedy doll
Raggedy, raggedy rag doll
I’m just a raggedy doll

Now I found a little something that I understand
I’m just a rag doll, raggedy doll
I’m a singer and a dancer in a ragtime band
I’m just a rag doll, raggedy doll
I’m not yesterday’s news
Hear me singing the blues
Hold me steady some more
Or I’ll fall to the floor

I’m just a rag doll, rag, rag doll
Rag doll, raggedy doll
I’m just a rag doll, rag, rag doll
Rag doll, raggedy doll
Raggedy raggedy raggedy
Raggedy raggedy raggedy
I’m just a raggedy doll
Raggedy, raggedy rag doll
I’m just a raggedy doll

Raggedy doll
Raggedy doll
Raggedy doll
Track Name: Lavenders Blue/Banbury Cross
Lavender's blue,
Lavender's green,
When I am king,
You shall be queen
Who told you so?
Who told you so?
'T’was my own heart
That told me so.

Call up your men…
Set them to work
Some to the plough,
Some to the cart ,
Some to make hay,
Some to cut corn,
Whilst you and I,
keep ourselves warm.



Lavender's green,
Lavender's blue,
If you love me,
I will love you.
Oh let the birds sing,
And the lambs play,
We shall be safe, out of harm's way.
Oh I love to dance and I love to sing;
When I am queen, you'll be my king.
Who told me so? Who told me so?
I told myself, I told me so.


Ride an old horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse,
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.[2]


Lavender's blue,
Lavender's green,
When I am king,
You shall be queen
Who told you so?
Who told you so?
'T’was my own heart
That told me so.
Track Name: Dance Away With Me
Dance away with me
Yellow's the colour of the golden sunlight morning,
on the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

Dance away with me,
Roll just like the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

2
Blue is the colour of the dolphins leaping,
Diving in the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

Dance away with me,
Roll just like the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

3
Silver is the colour of the shimmering moonlight,
Night-time on the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

4 (Middle 8)
Sea shells on the sea shore,
Soft sand, sea is rolling,
Blue sky, clouds they float on by.

Sea breeze, gently blowing,
Soft sand, sea is rolling,
Seagulls cry as they fly by.

Dance away with me,
Roll just like the sea,
The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.

The sea is rolling, the waves are dancing,
Dance away with me.
Track Name: Turning
TURNING

Can you see me?
I am turning
Spinning circles
I am turning
Turn and spin me round
Spin and turn me .....turn and spin me

 (repeat twice)


Stop keep your feet firmly on the ground (on the ground)
if you think the world is spinning round (spinning round) 
(repeat)




Can you see me?
I am turning

Spinning circles

I am turning

Turn and spin me round

Spin and turn me .....turn and spin me

instrumental



Can you see me?

I am turning

Spinning circles
I am turning

Turn and spin me round

Spin and turn me .....turn and spin me
Track Name: Here In My Heart
HERE IN MY HEART

You are here in my heart and I don’t know what to say,
You were here from the start and now you found a way,
To lodge a little in my heart.
To lodge a little in my heart.

You are here in my heart and there’s nothing else to say.
You were here from the start, you always found a way,
To lodge a little in my heart.
To lodge a little in my heart.

Is this what you mean? Can’t see in the dark!
Must have left the back door open in my heart.
Is this what you mean, crying in the rain.
Wishing on a star and wondering where you are.

In my heart in my heart
In my heart in my heart

Instrumental

Is this what you mean? Can’t see in the dark
Must have left the no turning back door open in my heart!
Is this what you mean? crying in the rain
Wishing on a star and wondering where you are.

In my heart, in my heart
In my heart, in my heart

Is this what you mean? Me crying in the rain
Wishing on a star and wondering where you are
Is this what you mean? Can’t see in the dark
Must have left the no turning back door open in my heart

Is this what you mean can’t see in the dark
Must have left the back door open in my heart
Is this what you mean? crying in the rain
Wishing on a star and wondering where you are

Is this what you mean? can’t see in the dark
Must have left the no turning back door open in my heart.
Track Name: Honey Hop
What have I forgot to say?
What is left for me to do?
This little piece of time is wrapped up in a rhyme
Isn’t good enough but it will do.

Shall we put our book away?
Shall we read it all again?
This little piece of time is wrapped up in a rhyme
And now we’ll sing this funny song again.

Honey hop and knees knock
Humble hive and high five
Keep holding hands with me
And when we do the hibby shake feels like an earthquake
Keep holding hands with me.

Are we very nearly there?
Do you think we’ve lost our way?
This little piece of time is wrapped up in a rhyme
And now we’ll sing this funny song again.

Hands up if you think you know,
Hold your tiny hand in mine
This little piece of time is wrapped up in a rhyme
And now we’ll sing this funny song again.

Honey hop and knees knock
Humble hive and high five
Keep holding hands with me
And when we do the hibby shake feels like an earthquake
Keep holding hands with me.

Oh my gosh, I forgot
Oh Oh, Oh, Oh,
I forgot

What have I forgot to say?
What is left for me to do?
This little piece of time is wrapped up in a rhyme
Isn’t good enough but it will do.

Honey hop and knees knock
Humble hive and high five
Keep holding hands with me
And when we do the hibby shake feels like an earthquake
Keep holding hands with me.
Track Name: See My Friends At Sing-Along
See my friends at sing-along

Intro:
Hey Mama, Stay Mama
Holding me tight,
Dance by the light of the moon
Hey Mama, Stay mama
Stars are so bright,
Dance by the light of the moon.
Verse
I’ll see my friends at sing-along
Dance by the light of the moon
I’ll see my friends at sing-along
Dance by the light of the moon
There’s lots to sing, and I’ll join in
Dance by the light of the moon
There’s lots to sing, and I’ll join in
Dance by the light of the moon
Chorus
By the light,
Of the moon
Way up high,
Free from clouds,
In the heart
Of the sky
By the light
Verse
I’ll clap clap clap
And pat pat pat
Dance by the light of the moon
I’ll clap clap clap
And pat pat pat
Dance by the light of the moon

I’ll rip bing bong
And
Dance by the light of the moon
I’ll rip bing bong
And
Dance by the light of the moon
chorus
By the light
Of the moon
Way up High
Free from clouds
In the heart
Of the sky
By the light

Dance by the light, by the light of the moon,
Track Name: Ladybird
LADYBIRD

Ladybird our Ladybird
This song is Just for you
Red and black on your back sometimes Orange too
Hey,fly away home today
Everybody’s gone to play
Ladybird I’m singing just for you
For you, Ladybird, for you Ladybird
Everybody flies away
For you Ladybird
Ladybird I’m singing just for you

Ladybird Ladybird
This song is Just for you
East and west.
A gentle test
I wonder what you‘ll do
Hey, fly away home today
Everybody’s gone to play
Ladybird I’m singing just for you

For you, Ladybird, for you Ladybird
Everybody flies away
For you Ladybird
Ladybird I’m singing just for you

For you, Ladybird, for you Ladybird
Everybody flies away
For you Ladybird
All that happened such a long time ago
Track Name: Crocodile
Crocodile
Pascale is a crocodile
Lie in water all the while
Keeping very still and hard to see
Mostly she is trying to doze
Till a fly lands on her nose
Then she has to swish it right away.

Chorus
But it is just a dream
And things are not what they seem
So Pascale wake and see
This crocodile is make believe

Romilly is a polar bear
Under snow and in her lair
Keeping very still and hard to see
Mostly she is trying to doze
Till a fly lands on her nose
Then she has to swish it right away

Chorus
But it is just a dream
And things are not what they seem
So Romilly wake and see
This polar bear is make believe

Jess and Stuart are little mice
Always hiding in the house
Keeping very still and hard to see
Mostly they are trying to doze
Till a fly lands their nose
Then I have to swish it right away

Chorus
But it is just a dream
And things are not what they seem
It isn’t hard to guess
These little mice are Stuart and Jess
Track Name: Gospel Song
Gospel song

I woke up one frosty morning
I woke up one frosty morning
I woke up one frosty morning
Where does the summer lie?

Dreams are falling through my pockets
Dreams are falling through my pockets
Dreams are falling through my pockets
Where does the summer lie?

Instrumental

I will wear my big sombrero
I will wear my big sombrero
I will wear my big sombrero
Where does the summer lie?

I ride out upon my pony
I ride out upon my pony
I ride out upon my pony
Where does the summer lie?

Instrumental

Say good-bye to fields of cotton
Say good-bye to fields of cotton
Say good-bye to fields of cotton
Where does the summer lie?

Far away a band are playing
Far away a band are playing
Far away a band are playing
Where does the summer lie?

Instrumental

We will sing until the morning
We will sing until the morning
We will sing until the morning
Where does the summer lie?

La-la-la la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la la-la-la-la-la
Where does the summer lie?