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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: Compete
Music: Backing track recorded, awaiting vocals

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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


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'Here is the News'                             by Martin Day

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.


© M Day 21-Jul-2011 & 6-Jul-2012






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