A Chiltern Lament

A protest song against HS2 by M Davis:

Martin Davis, the writer says:
“I hope you enjoy the song and can empathise with the sentiments !

“Following a chance meeting with Jem Symondson , Chair of the Speen Festival, Jem mentioned his search for an HS2 protest song. The following morning driving out of the Chilterns at 5.30am the nucleus of the song literally sprang into my head and by the time I arrived at my destination the song was pretty much completed!

“Thanks to my friend Martin Hill M2 Music who recorded the song in his studio and to Ed Davis who helped edit the images. Thanks also to the Tudor Folk Club in Chesham , The Holmfirth Folk Club and the Pie Factory at Denby Dale for their encouragement.”

One comment to “A Chiltern Lament”
  1. A delight,but without disrespect ,would have preferred a Buckinghamshire twang!You have supporters for the Chilterns in once-rural Middlesex.Before Adonis’s straight line came into view,Network Rail were already preparing destruction on the New North Main Line(Northolt corridor)from Old Oak to Ruislip.The embankment here at Perivale,near the ancient wood(Selborne sanctuary)has been a green corridor for many years since the demise of steam,full of mature oak,ash,gean,hawthorn,blackthorn,elder,wild plum,etc.,with a rich variety of bird and wild-life.N.R. proposed to remove all vegetation on the specious grounds of dealing with subsidence on the embankment(which they blamed on tree roots!)We fought them and persuaded the council to place T.P.O’s on the oaks.This didn’t stop contractors descending at 6.30 one morning with their chainsaws.They quickly devastated a section until they were harangued,and a ‘phone call made to the Council.Of course if this route is given the go-ahead,nothing will stop the bulldozers and concrete.”Over my dead body”!

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