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‘Here is the News’

A traveling minstrel I, now listen while I sing,
The bearer of the news, all tidings I will bring.
I had the latest news all packaged in a song
Long before the papers or TV came along.

Sung with conviction – Here is the news.
The fact and the fiction – Here is the news.
My own depiction – Don’t be confused.
Feed your addiction – Here is the news

In competing with the media, and all day rolling news
I’ll need to draft a lyric, that’s a template to re-use
I find most stories are, essentially the same
So I’ll leave a few words blank, and insert a different name


The governor announced today   – that fiscal pressures meant
The bank of England, base rate,…. Goes up/down by X percent!
A body was discovered, late last night on some waste ground
The police now have a suspect, …..and the murder weapon’s found.
Friends were shocked to hear …. about the sportsman/star/ or MP
The injunction stops me naming him, or his iniquity.
In sport, fans of top football club, – Insert name later here!
Were shocked by news that injury, ….would end their star’s career.
And finally, a record set, to onlookers delight.
And on that note, that’s all the news, and so from me, good night.

I’ll move from town to town, in marketplace and square.
News bulletins by song, the latest I will share.
Though friends say, “It won’t work”, and tutors say “You can’t!”
They can’t see that this is art, you see, I’ve got a grant.


Composer: Simon Gardner
Lyricist: Martin Day
© M Day 21-Jul-2011 & 6-Jul-2012


Part of the ‘Sharp To The Flat‘ Musical (work in progress) this song is sung by Gulliver Flood, the indulged younger brother of Amanda Loveless. Gulliver is an artist and has hit on the idea of being a modern traveling minstrel singing the latest news stories as he travels from town to town. The fatal flaw in his project is that he is in competition with ‘instant news’, but he has an Arts Council grant and so feel justified in proceeding with his folly.

This song has been co-written with Simon Gardner and is currently being performed by The Prognosis, who have also recorded it (see below).


Lyric: Complete
Music: Awaiting final mix

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Listen to ‘Here is the News’ from The Prognosis’s CD ‘Beneath Box Hill’ but with a demo vocal by Martin Day


Go to 'Here is the News' page on the Sharp to the Flat site

Go to the Sharp To The Flat site to listen to the finished version of ‘Here is the News‘ and to find all the latest information about the musical.