Green Ginger Wine

by Ben Calvert & The Swifts



The headline reads 'HOMELESS MAN DIES OUTSIDE COMMONS'. There is a short-lived outrage.

The morning of the next day: In a city centre shop doorway there are cardboard boxes flattened out into a bed, squashed water bottles, a crumpled damp sleeping bag, a walking stick, scattered tissues, and a makeshift toilet made from a chocolate tin. Quality Street. Celebrations.

Later this month a Hollywood star will marry a prince.

Green Ginger Wine is a song of homelessness, social mobility, the failing economy and hope for change. All the profits will go on aid packages for the homeless in Birmingham. Food, clothing, sleeping bags. First Aid for the Homeless.


released May 7, 2018

Guitar, Vocal: Ben Calvert
Mastered by Pete Maher.


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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Ben Calvert & The Swifts’ psychedelic alt-folk first saw the light of day in front of a few hundred avid ears and eyes when they played Moseley Folk Festival September 2010.

In October 2011 the band’s debut album Festive Road was released to critical acclaim.
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Track Name: Green Ginger Wine
Green Ginger wine warm me from inside
Cold as a fox drowned in the docks

Windsor wants the homeless off the streets
The princess wants to wash the beggars' feet

Where do I roam?
Ain't got no home
Streets wild and wide
Royals warm inside

Windsor wants the homeless of the streets
Meghan wants a better meal to eat
We're not so far from this place
This could well happen to you or me

Green Ginger wine warm me from inside
Cold as a fox drowned in the docks

The homeless want a better place to be
But Windsor wants to wash them from their streets

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