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Introducing Jon Barnett

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Hi All,

Some of you may have noticed the name Jon Barnett attached to the lyrics or music of some new songs. I have been mentoring Jon for the last three years. He is a polymath who writes and performs and we have been collaborating on various songs, poems, stories and acting projects.

I want to play you a song that we developed together around an narrative idea of his called Plastic Soldiers. Hopefully it'll make its way into the pool of material for our next project together. If you enjoy it, perhaps you can leave a message and I'll pass it on to Jon. As a young artist looking to make his first in-roads into the entertainment industry, it would mean a lot to him.

Here's the song and lyrics, see what you think...

Love and light,

Mark x

Plastic Soldiers

I’m green from head to toe plastic stand no room to grow

moulded from the get-go knowing that my life has been decreed

set for frontline infantry

and my rifle is a part of me fused into my palm

want to wave can only harm

the storm before the calm

I'm a means unto an end

it's no longer play pretend

We're only plastic soldiers

pieces of a larger game

struck from the table

no one knows our name

They parade us through the street

past a crowd of cheering toys cheering on those brave young boys a war to end all wars

who wouldn’t kill for a lie?

the greatest pie up in the sky?

Before they ship me out to parts unknown I see a doll playing' home

a life of love

a love I wish I'd known

but I was made not grown

We’re only plastic soldiers pieces of a larger game struck from the table no one knows our name

© McGann & Barnett 2022

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Catherine Lee
Jun 08, 2022

Love this! 😊

Jun 08, 2022
Replying to

Thanks Catherine xx


Jun 07, 2022

That has a sort of 60s vibe, a bit Everly-brothers-esque, very pleasing to the ear! Xx

Jun 07, 2022
Replying to

Thanks Esther, Jon will be pleased too xx


Jun 07, 2022

Thanks guys, that's stuck in my head now. 👍

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