8. City Walls
Coventry was once the best defended city in England outside London, surrounded by an imposing twelve foot high wall. If only these walls could talk! This reggae style song with 2-Tone riffs invites you to imagine all the sights and sounds that the walls have witnessed over the years.
Imbue your singing with a sense of longing and nostalgia with lots of reflective imaginings (mmms!). Notice how the phrases of each verse rise and fall and hear how the harmony parts and echo singing all flow naturally.
Bars 1-2 Intro.
Bars 3-28 Verses 1 & 2 in unison. KS1
Bars 29-36 Instrumental break.
Repeat Bars 3-28 Verses 3 & 4 KS1 in 2 parts KS2 (echo and then harmony in 3rds).
Repeat Bars 29-36 Instrumental break.
Bars 37-40 Outro
KS1 - Imagine-mm
Enjoy the long phrases in City Walls - plenty of breath is required. This song also needs attention to detail in the second part of the verse where the melody breaks into triplets - avoid rushing.
Egg shakers are ideal for the introduction of this song and this may be the time to reveal your hidden pocket percussion!
♫ Listen to reggae/Ska styles of Coventry bands and other genres of music that hail from Coventry.
💡 Imagine what the city would look like today if the walls were still there.
Organise a visit to Lady Herbert’s Garden beside the Transport Museum to see the best-preserved section of the wall.