8. City Walls
Coventry was once the best defended city in England outside London, with a twelve foot high wall surrounding the city. 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.
This song has a reggae style and rhythm, reminiscent of the 2-Tone movement. Notice how the phrases of each verse rise and fall build and think of injecting your singing with a sense of longing and nostalgia with lots of reflective imagining, (mmms!). Harmony singing and echo singing all flow naturally.
Bars 1-2 Intro.
Bars 3-28 Verses1&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
This song needs a relaxed, almost casual approach to give the feel of nostalgia and reflection.
Egg shakers are ideal for the introduction of this song
♫ 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.