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The day that he came the daffodils danced in greeting
Their sunlit faces promised that fortunes would change
Tell me: how do you hope to afford
What they say that you should?
Trust us, the soil’s good. You can put down roots.

The cobbles wait and the rivers race
There’s magic here in these crooked streets
Ghosts in the cellars and God in the bell towers
Music here weaves its crooked dreams

The young are drawn in and the curious fill
The alleys and snickleways – won’t you stay, won’t you stay?
The magpies and squirrels make nests in the trees
Those nut-thieves come closer than you would believe
But the river is rising, the river is rising

The stones pile up til we’re walking on walls
Lightning strikes twice, but the stones still won’t fall
But they still don’t pile quick enough, don’t pile quick enough
Who can afford?

Now I can sell time or just give it away
Or hoard it like chocolate til the air blows the right way
But which is worth more: these stones or a view of the sky?
I can’t afford to put down roots

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from From the Ground, released April 5, 2019

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Flora Greysteel York, UK

Emily Rowan is a singer, piano basher, uke toter and glitter addict. Simon Bolley is a singer-songwriter who plays drums like the lead guitarist he is. Together they make music that has been described as "beautifully strange", "ecstatic melancholy" and "an emotional candy bar". ... more

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