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from First Farewell by Peggy Seeger



Lubrication is a ‘wedge’ song. Slyly, it nudge-nudges its way into your head until, in the last few seconds, you realise what it’s really about.


words, music © Peggy Seeger
administered Bucks Music aka Harmony Music

Certain moving parts
Are meant to move along together
They need to slip and slide, float and glide
As they try to go on forever

Gotta take care of moving parts
They’re easily ... irritated
Make ‘em scrape and they’ll get out of shape
Keep them lubricated.

You need grease to help ‘em do their job
It’s not just a matter of luck
It’s a matter of will, cooperation and skill
Remember that when you find you’re stuck

Did the earth move for you last night, dear?
Well, it sure did move for me and my mate
‘Cause the earth needs oil and water and gas
To regulate the state of her tectonic plates.

With the mining and frackin’ the crust is crackin’
We’re putting our money on luck
For want of lubrication the game goes down
Remember that when we’re finally stuck


from First Farewell, released April 9, 2021
Vocals & piano: Peggy Seeger v
Guitar: Calum MacColl
Produced by Calum MacColl
Mixed by Calum Malcolm


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Peggy Seeger Oxford, UK

Peggy is one of the most influential folk singers on either side of the Atlantic. She is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her first life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her. She has made more than 22 solo recordings to date. Please check ewanmaccoll.bandcamp.com for other albums featuring Peggy. ... more


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