Fell Upon the Fields

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From the window at my desk
I see the pools the rain has left
I watch a bird with matted crest
Pick butts from the milky water

The BBC they got it wrong
It rained the whole damn weekend long
The building leaked like a waterfall
Now it smells like a feral dog

Monday comes, the city wakes
Workers trudge the street like slaves
But hot the skillet, sharp the blade
You gotta earn your keep

I watch a woman slip and fall
She hits the road like a wrecking ball
A pack of schoolgirls whoop and call
While her papers scatter in the street

Oh it wraps around the city like a sigh
It wraps around the city, yeah it swallows her/me alive
It wraps around the city like a sigh
Oh the weather never got me down when it

Fell upon the fields and the orchards
Grazed across the hills that roll away
Beat upon my roof as I lay sleeping
Ran its fingers through the poplars in the lane

Well ain’t it funny how you change
When you’re all grown up and you’ve come of age
It’s like the poles flip and you disengage
And say “ah, so this is how it is”

Now I have a picture on my desk
A cowboy and his horse at rest
Beneath a tree in the wild old west
Coffee in an old tin cup

So when the subways seize and the traffic jams
And the grey is a weight I can barely stand
I slip away with my horse-bound man
And lit out on the plains




from How Red Is the Blood, released March 13, 2014


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Winners of the NZ Music Award for Folk Album of The Year 2014 and finalists in the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 for song "Complicated Man".

"sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album" Graham Reid elsewhere.co.nz
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