late in the project, we realised that the tracks split into two 'themes': "Journey"
and "People". So we split the CD into two halves, almost as if it was
vinyl. It's nice to be able to finish the jouney with "A-19", and then
re-start the narrative with "That's It".
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A song about everything in the world going on simultaneously at any moment, whether
it is day or night, good or bad, it's all happening at the same time; the answerphone
message happened as I was recording the original demo and came in at the right
section of the song at the time - and it was about the delivery of ZOO CDs!|
a classic 'road song', never-ending horizons and endless miles of tarmac, tail-lights
fading into the distance, and that feeling that, no matter how far you go, you'll
never recover the situation you just lost.|
Karen: The realisation that
you’ve made a mistake that can’t be reversed.
/ K Clegg / R Clegg
This was inspired by an amazing trip over Greenland on the way to the States.
The clear skies allowed you to see the vast frozen desolation it was unbelievable.
This song goes some way to expressing this experience. |
Reg: An empty
continent acting as a metaphor for an empty heart…
Paul: We experimented
with a few arrangements for Wilderness, until we struck on this 'Hot Club de France'
It speaks of a couple who are reaching another significant point in their lives
– 40th birthday. The wife is beginning to feel that her man isn’t perhaps the
one she wants to be with anymore, he’s holding her back.|
& drama, left & right, both one thing and another without resolution.
a delicate, persistant guitar progression to which Karen added equally delicate
lyrics. Reg's slide guitar sets the scene. Dream-like...drifting...|
A celebration of the great silent movie stars of the early 20th Century (Garbo,
Gilbert, Swanson, Valentino) and some of the early black and whites talkies (Bogart,
Hepburn, Grant) that influenced my early childhood.
Reg: A lovely juxtaposition
of imagery - Silent & Golden Hollywood overlain on the wide open spaces of Americana.
All instruments have songs in them; I bought the nylon guitar in Brighton last
year and by the time we returned to the hotel, the song was writing itself; Sometimes
we all feel like we're not here, but somewhere else outside ourselves…|
Paul: one of the first
songs where we worked out complementary rhythm guitar parts, giving the track
much more harmonic depth than just sticking a bass line under it, especially playing
live. An approach we've since applied to a number of songs.
/ K Clegg / R Clegg
Like 'White Shirt', the lyrics were a response to the 9/11 tragedy and the fragility
and uncertainty of everything and anything; one of the first things we wrote as
a trio this year.
Paul: One to listen to in the dark. This was the
first track I tried with an electronic rhythm - I used Hammerhead software running
on the laptop, which provided just the right laid-back rhythmic groove - thanks
to Bram Bos for writing the software; read
about Hammerhead here.
The name is a tongue-in-cheek
reference to Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen", and also a trunk road in north-east
England. Now you know...
credit: voiceover by Greg Hoeth.
begun in England and finished in Spain, a bitter-sweet song charting the break-down
of a relationship from the victim's perspective. But who is the victim here? All
is not what it seems. Underlaid with a latin/flamenco rhythm and complemented
by Reg's awesome guitar soloing. I wanted the brief piano riffs to sound like
someone idly playing 'off-stage' - Rubén González in a back room,
Reg: We'd been talking about doing something in this vein
for a while; and it personally means a lot to us all.
Tackling individual demons and taking control of life; Karen's piano piece became
the catalyst for changes…|
…as they do, someone said! And how; sometimes things are better left unsaid.|
Paul: we rescued the lovely classical chords from an earlier (frankly horrible!)
song to create the verses.
Honouring those who have lost their lives - from the devastation of 9/11 to past
and present conflicts and the continued fight for peace.|
initially by the devastating 9/11 tragedy and the messages left behind by the
victims' familes and friends, and collected in the book 'Here is New York: a democracy
Paul: I wanted the piano to have a harsh, gritty
edge, almost like a 'Streets of New York' soundtrack. " We are all related..."
sings Karen, but we are only observers, watching the latest disaster unfold on
Sky or CNN.
We are all affected by the changing weather, some more than others. Some of us
can foretell it by the responses in our bodies.|
Karen: The response
to the main lyrics in this song relates to a programme that talked about short
term memory loss and the devastation this has on family and friends, which seemed
to complement the idea of a huge thunder storm.
A story of one young man's life and death in another devastating war – WW1. Inspired
by "Forgotten Voices"
Reg: I recently discovered that my
Grandfather 'Snow' survived the First World War, having spent the entirety of
it in France. I'm eternally grateful and relieved.
credit: voice over by Greg Hoeth
a love song, pure and simple, from a poem written many years ago. If you love
someone, shouldn't you let them know? Maybe... Beautifully sung by Karen.|
Reg: Short and sweet. A simple pleasure.
backing tracks recorded 28.03.04 except:|
"In different places":
"Black and white stories", "A-19", "That's
"White shirt, black trousers": 21.02.04
"Big rain": 19.11.03