STREET LIFE TIME
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STREET LIFE TIME


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CONTENT:
 

Album "Street Life"

Street Life Songs

Street Time

Street concerts

 
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Street Life
1992

 
House On The Ocean
Crisis
Little Boy
Gran-Mama
Life
Chicken Pies
Crazy
Silver & Gold
Hey Mr. Big Time
Hey Dideldey
Maccaroni
A Hard Day's Night
Break Free
Thrills
Stranger
Key To My Heart
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STREET TIME

Kellys they are a normal family. All the children aren't the musicians yet. Kathy's first appearance with violins is on provincial wedding. Music is so sweet, that Kellys are often invited here in northern Spain to play on birthday or on weddings. Kelly children are establishing the group. The group consists of Johnny (percussion), Paul (saxophone), Caroline (accordion), Kathy (violin) and daughter of their music-teacher (guitar). Kellys are starting to make a music in their village on the restaurants. Johnny sings the best. His voice is so clear.
Kellys are singing on the streets for the first time. The parants are singing with their children, father Dan has a deep bass. He organizes the ways and makes a choreography. Mother Barbara, she is gravid again, is dancing in the concerts. When family can already live from music, Dan is buying the red bus. He takes his wife and children and is moving out. The life on the ways begins.
New stage for Kellys is the street. From children grow the professional street musicians, and it is the best school. Children already know the Europe, because they are traveling over France and Italy, Austria and Switzerland, Germany and Holland. They are singing on the places that they like. Children with parents are singing on underbridges, on precincts, on pavement, on crosswalk, on refuges or small square.
The circur Roncalli in Bonn has the first appearance in 1976. Jimmy is five and sings with other on street concerts. But not only this, after the appearance he collects the money into hat. German people like so much street musicians. The girls are wearing the woollen skirts and the boys are wearing boxing trousers.
Kellys are leaving their bus and are sailing to Ireland. They have their first appearance on western Irish coast. They are accepted with heart and hand. And they are staying here for eight months. Kellys will soon write their own songs. Paddy is playing on the stage as the child. He is singing for the first time in 4 years old. Paddy will be entertainer and will be introducing the family members.
Kellys are living in Germany for some time. The children are healthy, because they aren't living in the town. All of them have long curly hair and look like they came from world of fairy tale. Four girls are wearing a long skirt; five boys are wearing the shirts in folk-lore style and leather.
16 years old Caroline leaves the band in 1978. She has the family full of teeth. Her music instrument, accordion, belongs to her sister Kathy now. Dan feeds his women and ten children handily, the family make a money through the street music.
The master for talent searching discovers Kellys this year. Irish folk song Danny Boy sounds in centre of Hamburg. Kellys leave Stuttgart. Each hears the music from street musicians. The man with beard in half leg deep trousers. His woman with chignon on the head and with baby in arms stands beside him. Before them is eight boys and girls: all with blond hairs and in Scottish garb. The musicians sing the Irish songs and old folksongs, they are playing on guitar, violin, naval piano and drum. Kellys are living in their old double-decker bus in the camp on Kiel street in Hamburg - with the contract from Polydor in the pocket.
They are staying several months, till the year 1979. Studio work didn't start yet. Parents Kellys, Daniel and Barbara, they are still playing with their children on precincts and on markets. Sometimes they are singing for 30 people, sometimes for 200 people. The contract with gramophonic firm brings its fruits. Irish folksong Danny Boy of John is the first single of the Kelly Family. John is standing in limelight. It's no problem for him. He is used on it from the child-time.
Kathy is playing on the most of instruments during the recording of album Songs of world. She is working also like a co-producer. Kellys are playing on TV. They are recording three albums on this time. Johnny is the star in family and sings the most of songs. But also Patricia sings: Clavelitos and Bird Weddings. Kellys are so glad from expiring of contract, because they are also free.
Kellys are moving into Amsterdam and living here three years. Kathy produces two albums in Holland: Christmas All Year and Wonderful World. Kathy writes her own songs for the first time for Wonderful World: ballads Lonely and Txiki, the song about Basque revolutionary.
Kellys get over already 40 TV shows and the hit number one. Who'll Come With Me (David's song, song of John) is the first big hit of Kellys. In Dutch and Belgian charts is this song number one and in Germany is on fifteen place.
Many pleople thing that Kellys are hippies. It isn't true, because father Dan dominated like a little God. Dan Kelly produces his albums alone. But albums aren't technically good. When the contract with Polydor expiring, Kellys have a new offer - the solo career and lead in TV story. Dan refuses. Mother Barbara Kelly has to leave soon the family. She is very ill. Her health is very bad.
The ill and death of mother is hardest for older brothers and sisters. Dan cancels all valid contracts. Kellys lost the joy from music. They are going back to their house in Spain, in Belascoain. Kellys finished with business and returned to street music. They are refusing the commercial career. They want be free. The mother's death is the first hard blow in the life of Kelly children.
  In the year 1982 Patricia writes together with Kathy their first song, Motherhood; then follows Honest Workers. Both their songs are in album some years later. Patricia writes later the song called Lies for album Wow. Paddy is now four years old. He sings on the stage sometimes.
Two private teachers give first dance lessons to talented Barby. Seven years old Barby is dancing for the first time before the people on some celebration, one year later. She is dancing with closed eyes. When she opens the eyes again, the poeple are standing aronud her and are applauding. Kellys haven't any TV offers, any concerts after mother's death. The family is leaving Spain. Caroline, she returned back through the mother, leaves Kellys forever.
Kellys wander over the world again, accordion, flutes, tambourines in the hands, song on lips and their livelihood in the hat. Kelly Family come in Paris; they will live in France sometime. Barby is learning to play to her first instrument, on accordion, then on piano, on guitar and in the end on congo. Joey gives the firs ballet lessons. Barby is crazy in ballet. She is interested in dance and painting today. She is painting her dreams and fantasy. Kellys have too little money. They have to play. They are playing on markets and precincts. But for choice in Parisian underground. Day by day. They are selling their MC's and CD's on the street. Angelo is very musically talented. He sings for the first time in 2,5 years old the refrain of song Hiroshima, I'm Sorry. Then follow Old McDonald, Let It Be and Let My People Go. Paul leaves the family in 1984. He becomes a cook. Hairs of Kelly children  are longer and longer. Kellys are thinking back to their childhood. Patricia likes the Parisian life. She is writing the song For The First Time. Is it a song about hunger for love.
Kellya leave France. They are return bact to Dan's old homeland America. They are playing in USA some months. They are very tired from moving and therefor buy the houseboat. They have lived on Loreley since 1988.
Dan has an apoplectic stroke on July 1990. Kelly children are going on tour themselves now.
There is starting so-called "Kellymania". It's not like soon, when they was playing on frankfurt street every second Saturday. There are the first concerts, full halls, crazy fans from whole world here.
In 1994 come the album "Over The Hump". It is explode bomb. Kellys need the professional help for the first time. This album is number one for many weeks. It brings so much money. Dan's company "Kel-Life" has a turnover more than 50 millions mark in 1994. It is the end of street music.

© Peter Wendling "Příběh jedné hudební legedy"

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STREET LIFE SONGS
 
House On The Ocean

All I ever wanted in my life 
Was a house on the ocean, with my will. 
But something tell in my eyes 
You're not living, you're dying 
In our world. 

Please don't die 
Try not to say goodbye 
Please don't die 
Try not to say goodbye 
Try not make me cry. 

All I ever wanted to do 
Is chop wood for my fire, for winter 
But all you've got ever being taught 
Is get a job and you'll go higher 
In your world. 

Please don't die... 

All I ever had to do 
Was to live or die, in this world 
All I ever wanted in my life 
Was a house on the ocean 
With my will. 

Please don't die...

Little Boy

I was a little boy out in the country 
And cryer was far, see was never hungry 
Was a bad of feel that in the country 
Never being in a promised 

When your love is over babe 
Is over babe, is over babe 

Standing out the door, when have they brothers 
The mothers and fathers give it very 
'Cause the brothers and fathers give it very enemy 
Was a bad of feel out in the country 

When your love is over babe 
Is over babe, is over babe 

No it's neighbourhood 

When your love is over babe 
Is over babe, is over babe

Life

Singing life 
Is like walking on the road 
You can fall, you can grow 
Oh oh oh 

Well now I ask him what to do 
He just stood up on me 
I just stood up, walked the rest today 

Singing life... (2x) 

Oh mother I pray for us today 
There´s a love that he sees 
Steady love, love he sees today 
Well now I ask him what to do
He just stood up on me 
And I, I just stood up walked the rest today 

Singing life... (3x) 

Oh oh oh (5x)

Crazy

Say why am I so crazy? 
I'm sorry, I can't stop me from growing. 
They ask me, why am I crazy, 
And I tell them, can't stop me from growing. 

Why am I so so crazy? 
I'm thinking, that I'm just an artist. 
Being crazy is a lonely road, 
But I've got only one life to live. 

And that's my life (that's your life),
Yeah sing it, too. 
Nobody will stop me from growing. 

Why am I so,so crazy? 
I'm thinking, that I'm just an artist.

Hey, Mr. Big Time

Hey, Mr. Big Time 
You're not the only one. 
Hey, Mr. Big Time 
We'll fight you any day. 

I wake up in the morning 
I spread my wings to soul 
I look up straight above me
The endless view of sky. 

We fly and we fly 
We fly like a free bird flies 
We fly and we fly 
We fly like a free bird flies. 

The wind that blows above me 
Helps me reach the sky 
I bring the sunlight with me 
And your soul is so to high. 

Hey Mr. Big Time... 

I wake up in the morning 
I spread my wings to soul 
The wind that blows above me 
Helps me reach the sky. 

We fly and we fly...

Maccaroni

It's like a morning a cup of coffee 
Step in a guy and you thinking good bye 
Say you will driving they will you short us 
You roll a high you need the dance so ley 

The peperoni and brother toni 
And if the mama magarita will the others good 
Touch good maccaroni the stop will lonely 
And makes me getting will imagine 
Will the cheese good touch 

The peperoni is not of only, cause I'm tell 
Cause I'm stars today 
Cause maccaroni and brother toni and they 
Got mama magarita will the cheese good tough

Break Free

I wanna break free with my heart, 
With my soul, with my hands. 
I'll do it all with my hands, 
With my will there's a way. 

Oh, there's a way. 
Oh, there's a way. 

Life is hard and beautiful. 
That's why I wanna break free. 
When it's hard I break the ice, 
When it's nice it burns fire. 

Oh, burning fire. 
Oh, burning fire. 

I was gone and I was dreaming 
That nobody liked me anymore. 
All alone under the water 
I knew my heart was still there (2x) 

I wanna dance free till I fly 
With my soul, with my hands. 
I won't stop smiling for my treasure: 
Family and me. 

Oh, burning fire. (4x)

Stranger

When I believe in me 
There coming stranger 
I think in a danger 
I could and down 
Came in this way 
Way to the shoes 
Down in the fields 

Then when the fire 
He lost and die 
They believe in me 
They call me sheriff 

Going down the teach of city 
Who want to teach of city 
Help me ever can 
I think come dier 
Help me ever can

Crisis

Sweetest angels are still crying, 
Because, my baby, the world is dying. 
But if they continue crying, 
Their wings will break, that's bad for flying. 

I'm going through my crisis, my crisis, 
Paying prices every day. 

I need you and you need me, 
To unblind my eyes so that I can see. 
I see the lights and I'm getting closer, 
From the sight I get happier, even doze off. 

I'm going through my crisis, my crisis 
Paying prices everyday.

I'm taking advices, advices, 
The last crisis, everyday. 
Every day, it's for the mum 
Every day, it's for the truth 
Every day, everyday 
Every day, for the truth 
Every day, take me there 
Every day, every day, 
Every day, every day.

Gran-Mama

Oh, I gonna see the grandmother 
And I gonna see the grandfather 
'Cause they like me, they really like me 
That's right 
'Cause she's gonna bake me an apple pie 
And he's gonna give me a color chalk 

'Cause I like that, I really like that 
Oh, oh, oh, they really like me 
They really like me 
Because I came (4x) 
oh, oh, oh, 

And I gonna plant them a field of flowers 
And I gonna pick all the junble fields 
Because I like them, I really like them 
I gonna catch the biggest fish 
With grandfather, for the grandmother 
'Cause I like her, I really like her 

Oh, oh, oh, she gives me the try 
For fishing with grandpa 
Should give me the try 
Baking with grandma 
Fishing with grandpa 
oh, oh, oh 

Ah, ah, ah, jumpy, jumpy tonight 
Do, oh, oh... 3x 

Oh, I gonna sit by the fire tonight 
And I'll sing a song of a bird 
- I'm flyin' - 
Oh, I like that, I really like that 
I fall asleep in my grandmother's arms 
Dreaming her hand there in my hairs 
'Cause I like that, I really like that 

Oh, oh, oh, you should give me the try 
For fishing... 

Ah, ah, ah, jumpy, jumpy tonight 
Oh, oh, oh... 4x 

Chicken Pies

A fifteenhundred chicken
Tryin' to help all the folks now 
That is what I call a chicken farm 
And if you're gone to live your life as a gossip 
Hope you've got a chicken farm 
It sure will be 

Fifteenhundred chicken chicken pies 
Running after you now when you resting in a pie 
Fifteenhundred chicken chicken pie 
Running after you to get a pie 

And here it goes again with fifteenhundred chicks,yeah 
Sure what they can do better a 
sensation here is something that the other won't dare 
(Say) the chicken pies ranches for the price 

Fifteenhundred... 

Quack, quack... 

And here it goes again... 

Fifteenhundred... 

Quack quack... 

Fifteenhundred...

Silver & Gold

We had to go and leave our homes 
Some died young and some died old. 
The roads were long, but our hearts were strong, 
Some went down to beat the wrong. 

Silver and gold, silver and gold 
Took away your son. 
Silver and gold, silver and gold 
Took away our son, away. 

Some were sailing to other lands 
And we were starting to the rocking glens. 
Roving here, roving there, 
Found again, love to be there. 

Silver and gold... 

Until this day they had no shame,
For gamblers' life, it's all a game. 
We are proud to be alive, 
To sing this song for father's life. 

Silver and gold... 

We had to go and leave our homes 
Some died young and some died old. 
The roads were long, but our hearts were strong, 
Some went down to beat the wrong. 

Silver and gold... 

Hej Dideldey

Hey dideldey leprechauns are on their way 
Hey dideldey leprechauns have passed away 
Hey dideldey we're all to play 
And we'll have a nice day, we're all to play 
'Cause the leprechaun´s away 

Well it's a sunny day at the Irish fields of fair 
Give all of us fields of play,
Let's throw us a beer today 
Well it's a sunny day at the Irish fields of fair 
Give all of us fields of play,
Let's throw us a beer today 

Hey dideldey... 

Who's singing in the fair
And the leprechauns are all there 
They're jumping on the cows
And we sang the song alone 
Who's singing in the fair
And the leprechauns are all there 
They're jumping on the cows
And we sang "the whiskey in the jar" 

Hey dideldey... (2x) 

We found a little bar, we hit the road a bit
'Cause I saw him on the ring,
I know we saw him on the ring 
Today he didn't die, he passed the goat a hat 
He got his goat a beer, helps us in the world 

Hey dideldey... (2x)

A Hard Days' Night

It's been a hard day's night 
And I've been working like a dog 
It's been a hard day's night, 
I should be sleeping like a log 
But when I get home to you, 
I find the thing that you do 
Will make me feel all right 

You know I work all day, 
To get some money, to buy you things 
And it's worth it just to hear to say, 
You're gonna give me everything 
That's why I love came home, 
'Cause when I get you alone 
You know I'll be OK 

When I'm home, 
Everything seems to be all right 
When I'm home, 
Feeling you holding me tight, tight yeah 

It's been a hard... 

You know I feel all right
You know I feel all right

Thrills

It's only everytime I look into you 
Straight in the eyes, baby, you don't lie. 
It's only everytime I look into you 
Straight in the eyes. 

Baby, baby, baby I get the thrills. 
I get the thrills, I get the thrills, 
I get the thrills. 

Why won't you leave me like most of the people, 
You break my heart, baby, won't you loose. 
So please, won't you leave me like most of the people, 
You break my heart.

Baby, baby, baby, I get the thrills, 
I get the thrills, I get the thrills, 
I get the thrills. 

It's only every time.

Key To My Heart

There's a part of my heart 
Wide and open for you. 
The key to my heart 
It could be you. 
And if you got the key to my heart 
You got to unlock the door. 
And to unlock the door 
You got to find the right floor. 

You can try, you can try 
To get to my heart. 
You can try, you can try 
To find the right floor. 

Go ahead and dream 
Dream as far as you want. 
The key to my heart 
Is not a dream come true. 

You can try... 

If you happen to try 
You could do fine. 
But if you happen to fly 
Don't fall and cry. 

Please don't cry, please don't cry 
You're breaking my heart. 
Please don't cry, please don't cry
You're breaking my heart 

There's a part... 

You can try... 

 
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