Sing Walter de la Mare

by The Lancashire Hustlers

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1.
Autumn 01:42
There is a wind where the rose was; Cold rain where sweet grass was; And clouds like sheep Stream o'er the steep Grey skies where the lark was. Nought gold where your hair was; Nought warm where your hand was; But phantom, forlorn, Beneath the thorn, Your ghost where your face was. Sad winds where your voice was; Tears, tears where my heart was; And ever with me, Child, ever with me, Silence where hope was.
2.
Comfort 03:33
As I mused by the hearthside, Puss said to me; 'there burns the fire, man, and here sit we. Four walls around us against the cold air; and the latchet drawn close to the draughty stair. A roof o'er our heads star-proof, moon immune, and a wind in the chimney to wail us a tune.' 'What felicity!' miaowed he, 'where none may intrude; just man and beast- met in this solitude!' 'Dear God, what security, comfort and bliss! and to think, too what ages have brought us to this!' 'You in your sheep's' wool coat, buttons of bone, and me in my fur-about on the warm hearthstone' From 'The Fleeting and Other Poems', Walter de la Mare 1933
3.
John Mouldy 02:47
I spied John Mouldy in his cellar, Deep down twenty steps of stone; In the dusk he sat a-smiling, Smiling there alone. He read no book, he snuffed no candle; The rats ran in, the rats ran out; And far and near, the drip of water; Went whispering about. The dusk was still, with dew a-falling, I saw the Dog Star bleak and grim, I saw a slim brown rat of Norway Creep over him. I spied John Mouldy in his cellar, Deep down twenty steps of stone; In the dusk he sat a-smiling, Smiling there alone.
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Some One 02:05

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Four poems by Walter de la Mare set to music by The Lancashire Hustlers

"...thoughtful, elusive harmonies built around sensitively constructed, mystical melodies to create supremely illustrative narratives... these songs will definitely leave a mark."
Tim Carroll, Folkwords

"...attractively moulded close-harmony sound with its echoes of Simon & Garfunkel and gently progressive aura...this enigmatic twosome deserve to be heard more widely."
David Kidman, FATEA

"...the sound of those great British songwriters...think Kevin Ayres, think Ray Davies, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and Syd Barrett, but also think of progressive folk and prog groups such as Fairport Convention...the timing of this autumnal and sometimes wintry collection is perfect, and if you knew no better, you'd never guess these words weren't written for the songs that now house them."
The Sound Of Confusion

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released November 25, 2013

Brent Thorley - Vocals, Guitar, Reed Organ
Ian Pakes - Vocals, Percussion

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The Lancashire Hustlers London, UK

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"...songs with a memorable, timeless quality...uniquely British, eccentric and compelling" - Shindig! Magazine

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