BG071 | Competition, Diffidence and Glory

by Songs For Walter

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Songs For Walter aka Laurie Hulme is back with another slice of folk pop, this time armed with a banjo and a story about his Grandfathers philosophy, communism and constitutional stance about Laurie changing his university course to politics.

The title is from the philosopher: Thomas Hobbe's 'Leviathan' of which Laurie studied during his time at university. Hobbes says that ungoverned man would be constantly at war because of Competition, Diffidence and Glory. This is a comprehensible story about family life and how it can affect your studies, read into it as much as like.


You’re all my whites, no room for grey,
In this world things divide,
A line down the middle - best friends or enemies.

It’s wrong or right, there’s no midway,
In this world, things divide,
like water and oil, its human alchemy.

I used to be a commie,
But now I know its barmy,
Cos what divides man,
Is competition, diffidence, glory.

Eye for an eye, your teeth belong to me,
And oh, I’ll be smiling all day long.

I get thirsty, and revenge is sweet you see,
I think it’s right to make two wrongs.

He took me to a corner,
Looked me square in the eyes and said,
‘you give that up, and concentrate on physical geography’.

I used to be a commie,
But now I know its barmy,
Cos what divides man,
Is competition, diffidence, glory.


"Entirely beautiful" NME

"His ability to make you fell, in some way connected and privy to the cherished relationship between him and his grandfather is most engaging" - City Life / Manchester Evening News

"Irresistibly tuneful gems that you'll find yourself playing on repeat for days" Under The Radar Magazine

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released February 10, 2014

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Track Name: Competition, Diffidence and Glory
You’re all my whites, no room for grey,

In this world things divide,

A line down the middle, best friends or enemies



It’s wrong or right, there’s no midway,

In this world, things divide, like water and oil, its human alchemy



I used to be a commie,

But now I know its barmy,

Cos what divides man,

Is competition, diffidence, glory



Eye for an eye, your teeth belong to me,

And oh, I’ll be smiling all day long



I get thirsty, and revenge is sweet you see,

I think it’s right to make two wrongs



He took me to a corner,

Looked me square in the eyes and said,

‘son you give that shit up, and concentrate on physical geography’



I used to be a commie,

But now I know its barmy,

Cos what divides man,

Is competition, diffidence, glory