Mike Silver - Down South

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Down South. ‘Double Back’

Really trying to lift someone’s spirits I guess…

Recorded and produced @ Airfield Studios, St Merryn, Cornwall by Jo Partridge for Silversound Records 1984
Arranged by Mike Silver and Jo Partridge

In 1985, after the conflict, I was invited to be part of a Combined Services Entertainment variety show to play for the troops stationed in the Falkland Islands. The travelling was arduous, a long flight to Ascension Island via a (literally) 20 minute refuelling stop in Dakar, West Africa. 3 hours sleep and a 12 hour flight in a Hercules Transport plane (a truck with wings) which refuelled in mid air to Port Stanley. ** We played 12 concerts in 6 days and were flown everywhere in Chinook helicopters. The pilots are all completely mad but fortunately extremely skilled which is why we lived to tell the tale… I included DOWN SOUTH in my set simply because given where we were, I thought the troops would relate to the title. They actually took it completely to heart; we played one concert in a huge hangar where the Chinooks were serviced for 1500 people. They had made their own clapometer which had three settings; SHIT, GOOD and THE DOGS BOLLOCKS!
I was bricking it before I went on, I thought the clapometer would only end up in one place and that they were going to eat me up and spit out the bits! However I couldn’t have been more wrong. Hearing 1500 voices singing; “Listen babe I won’t go without you” defies description. My 25 minute set was gone in a flash, unforgettable.

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Down South

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

Let me take you down south I got a feeling we should go
Get some sun on the skin and let the good times roll

Don’t go waiting for the tide he won’t wait for you
Lover you have won my heart all my dreams are coming true

Northern Africa she calls and beyond her to the east
Once a long of men’s dreams now a land without peace

Don’t go waiting…
Listen babe I won’t go without you
Let me take you down south

Let me take you down south let me take you down south
Let me take you down south we’ll take it as it comes
I’ll stick a grin on your mouth get you loving on the run

Don’t go waiting…
Lover you have won my heart …

Take you down south…

Synth, electric guitar: Jo Partridge
Backing vocals; Jo and Mike
Acc guitar: Mike

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from Mike Silver - Alchemy, released March 26, 2019

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