When Kendal Calls

by Tony Walsh | Longfella

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In 2011 I had the honour of being the Poet Laureate for the Kendal Calling music festival in the beautiful Lake District. This is my poem for the festival programme, a copy of which can be viewed at:


Now published in my debut full collection 'SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL' available to buy with free P&P at: longfella.co.uk/sexandloveandrockandroll.html



We’ve worked all year we’ve had to fight
But now we’ve really earned the right
To party hard into the night
In this beautiful part of the world

We’ll leave the stressful world behind
Then we’ll successfully unwind
And feel a festival blow our minds
In this beautiful part of the world

We’ll bring guitars and glitter balls
We’ll bring our art and hearts and all
From near and far when Kendal Calls us
To this beautiful part of the world

We’ll drum and basecamp over there
But wear as little as we dare
Just smiles and flowers in our hair
In this beautiful part of the world

We’ll laze around, do crazy things
We’ll chase around in painted wings
Amaze our soul and make it sing!
In this beautiful part of the world

We’ll put the funk back into fun
We’ll rub-a-dubstep in the sun
We’ll rave with lasers set to stun
In this beautiful part of the world

We’ll find a stranger, share a kiss
We’ll grind to bass lines made of bliss
All kinds of ace times made from this
In this beautiful part of the world

A special smile on every face
For special times, a precious place
We’ll leave our hearts but leave no trace
In this beautiful part of the world

So love and laugh as loud guitars
Inspire a choir they’ll hear on Mars
To sing our songs beneath the stars
From this beautiful part of the world

And dance at dawn until it breaks!
Until the very mountain shakes!
Until our love fills all the lakes!
And plays… a beautiful part in this world!

Have a wonderful festival, Kendal Calling.
Keep it beautiful!

© Longfella | Tony Walsh 2012


released July 1, 2012
Written and performed by Tony Walsh, Longfella.




Tony Walsh | Longfella Manchester, UK

Tony Walsh, aka Longfella is "one of the UK's most renowned performance poets." In 2011 he was website poet in residence at Glastonbury Festival from where his work was featured on BBC1, BBCRadio2, BBC6Music and in Q magazine.

Tony's acclaimed debut collection, SEX & LOVE & ROCK&ROLL is available now from: longfella.co.uk/sexandloveandrockandroll.html

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