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Down By The River

from Lost Songs by The Nethered

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‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’
L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between

We're in an era when people are choosing their own pronouns and there are public discussions about trans inclusivity. Gay people can marry in some countries, and queer people in the stories we tell finally don't have to be sad, alone, a disappointment, outcast or tolerated only when they are entertaining and non-sexual.

When I was growing up all this was unthinkable. Britain was still demonising queer people with new laws, and newspapers like the Sun vilified us daily.

Progress, which has made life more livable, still feels fragile. If the past is a foreign country, sometimes it's not far to the border.

This song is the first in a trilogy about two people who couldn't be together. I imagine them in a late 1800s Norfolk village.

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from Lost Songs, released April 10, 2022
Mastered by William Bowden

Drums and percussion by Hamish Stuart
Hamish plays Gretsch Drums and Craig Lauritsen Cymbals

Jim Moginie recorded drums and percussion at Oceanic Studios

Everything else: Alex Crowfoot

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Exploring music with disregard for genre since the last century. Now includes side project The Nethered.

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