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During the next five years (1813-1818), John Martin suffered the deaths of both his parents and several young children. Meanwhile, he continued to teach art and to paint and exhibit further pictures, as well as painting water colours and doing glass enamel painting. He also became proficient and successful in print-making. Also throughout this period, he became heavily influenced by his studies of the ancient Near East and India.

In 1817 he was appointed “Historical Painter to the Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold” of Saxe-Coburg. (John was later knighted by his friend Leopold, in 1833, after Leopold had become King of Belgium).

lyrics

THAT’S ME!


In Haydon Bridge I must say
living was a scrape.
Still, we survived
by some minor miracle,
some practical miracle.

Looking down on those days,
I know what they taught me - 
to believe
in some little miracles,
some little miraculous miracles.

Miracles, medals, rings and sweet snuff boxes!
Martin! Friend of Kings and Queens!
That’s Me!
Mate of Tsar Nicholas and Louis Philippe,
of Frederick of Prussia, Leo of Belgium.
That’s Me!
Hysterical painter to sweet Charlotte of Wales.
Miracles, medals, rings and sweet snuff boxes!
Martin! Friend of Kings and Queens!
That’s Me! That’s Me! Thats Me!

All the way from Haydon Bridge to Hampstead Heath,
this miracle boy has left his mark,
flashed his lightning,
ignited minds,
built up many a fine collection.

You can’t take it away from me,
I’m on Palatial Road,
with keys to many doors and trap doors,
to miracle openings
and miracle plans.

Miracles, medals, rings and sweet snuff boxes!
Martin! Friend of Kings and Queens!
That’s Me!
Mate of Tsar Nicholas and Louis Philippe,
of Frederick of Prussia, Leo of Belgium.
That’s Me!
Hysterical painter to sweet Charlotte of Wales.
Miracles, medals, rings and sweet snuff boxes!
Martin! Friend of Kings and Queens!
That’s Me! That’s Me! That’s Me!


(Words: Keith Armstrong / Tune: ‘Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?’ - Trad. arr. Richard Doran & Mick Tyas)

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from Mad Martins, released April 30, 2017
Keith Armstrong - Spoken Word
Mick Tyas - Mandolin
Richard Doran - Dulcimer

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Mad Martins England, UK

'Mad Martins' is a unique project by poet Keith Armstrong and songwriter Gary Miller featuring original songs, poetry and spoken word narration depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan and John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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