General Gordon

by Ben Swithen

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I wrote two songs for a new album in 2014 but then I didn't or couldn't write any more. So the whole album is these two songs.


released November 10, 2014




Ben Swithen Sheffield, UK

Ben Swithen is a person.

Here you can find their music - solo work, and a Doctor-Who- and-Cheese double-concept concept-album by The Potential Bees (who are a two- or three- person band), which forces both concepts into every song).

You can also find Ben Swithen on Youtube, but why would you even?
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Track Name: General Gordon
General Gordon was a man
With a spear in his heart
You can never understand
The spear in his heart

He met his match
He met is doom
In the city of Khartoum!
Now he’s dead
He would be anyway
Unless he lived two hundred years:
Scientifically implausible

No no no no no no no no :

General Gordon was a man
With a spear in his chest
Because he was the
Best best

He had to die.
He wore a hat.
He had a gun.
He was a man.
He was the British Charlton Heston
But he died in the capital of Sudan.

Everyone who ever lived
Is dead,
Get over it.
If we wait a long long time
They’ll come back round again.
Track Name: Rotherham, Alabama
I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama
Where the skies are gay.
Rotherham, Alabama,
Live there til I'm old and growin'
Older in the nighttime,
Fatter by the the day.
I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama.
I'll be goin nowhere's what I say,
'Cos Rotherham is five long miles away.
Five long miles!
Five long miles!
I love to talk the talk
But that is further than this girl can walk
Rotherham is five long miles oh away.

I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama
Where the folks are proud.
Rotherham, Alabama,
Be like everybody,
Be a model of a person
And a member of a crowd.
I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama,
I'll be goin nowhere in a shroud
Cos Rotherham is never now allowed.
Not allowed!
Not allowed!
The city’s my ambition
But I’m dead I ain’t got no permission.
Rotherham is never now allowed, no never now allowed.
Rotherham is five long miles around.

Rotherham, I make it my part
To weep for the heart of Rotherham

I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama,
Last thing that I do.
Rotherham, Alabama,
I have got to see it in the
Sunshine, and the rain,
Oh man, I gotta see it through.
I'm gwanna Rotherham, Alabama,
I am gonna tell you that it’s true.
Am I gonna tell you that it’s true?
Love me do!
Love me do!
But I gave my love to Rotherham,
I gave my love to Rotherham,
And I don’t give a damn about you.
No, no no no,
Rotherham is five miles through.