2005 BP-PFCCD005

Playing Change was a response to the 2004 Tsunami. Rob teamed up with Paul Johnson of J10 Studios to record Halligan’s song, Stand Together to raise money for the emergency appeal following the disaster.

Around 50 artists converged on the studio which was based in an old store on the A45 just outside Coventry. The BBC ran a story on the recording and the resulting single made the UK independent charts despite only being sold through one HMV outlet.

Together with a Coventry “Live Aid” at the Coliseum in Coventry, Playing For Change raised around £9,000 for the DEC and a further £4500 for local charity Global Care.

Track Listing

  1. Stand Together
  2. From Coventry With Love
  3. The Birds Are Still Singing

Written by Rob Halligan
Produced by Paul Johnson and Rob Halligan
Musicians and Singers: Hugh Mattacola, Lowdrive (Steve), Vacant Fear Centre, Resound (Blake, Martin and Like), Blameless (Dan Long), Big Bus Groovy (Jo & Fidell), Beneva (Nathan Bennett & Malc Evans), Mark Kennedy, Stu Hodson, Spotlight Kid, Four Kings (Dave), Dave Saunders, Olivia, Lucy Ann Sale, Chrissie Gallacher, Matt Fisher, Mawda (Dan) Satin Dolls, Acre Skye, The Sequins, Fine Line (Danny and Stig), The Way, Kirsty Logan, Ton Nesnith, Ruth Miller, Suzzette Farrelly   

Cross Rhythms Review


Reviewed by Daniel Hames

Coventry singer/songwriter Rob Halligan got together with friends from local bands to record this single in aid of the victims of the South East Asian tsunami. The single raised £3,000 for the DEC and hit number 30 in the UK indie charts back in February. It’s a good start! The single is a solid song, and the b-side “The Birds Are Still Singing” has a pleasant Beatles-like feel. It’s good to see a Christian muso making high-profile efforts to show love to our neighbours who are substantially worse off than we are.


This was one of three songs I wrote in New York a week after 9/11. It’s been used time and again is schools and for various fund-raising events. In 2004 we did a Coventry ‘Band  Aid’ for the Tsunami relief effort and 45 different acts took part in a recording of this song. We raised around £13.5k

Can there be beauty from ashes
Can a hope rise out of the dust
Can a heart so broken be mended
Can a fear be chastened by love
I believe
I believe

And in these fields where tears flow like rivers
We say a prayer for the streams to run dry
We’ve got to learn from these wounds that are open
It’s only through love that we can survive
And I believeI believe

If we stand together
And love each other
Sister to sister
Brother to brother
No war between us
All fighting over
Love will light our way

And in a world where we can’t see tomorrow
There is a light that can bring a new day
Where every tribe, every tongue and every nation
Can lay aside their quarrels and say
I believe, I believe

And only love can light our way through the darkness
And only love can bring a new day
Only love can make our children stand up and sing


© 2004 Rob Halligan – Blatant Promotions