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  1. Strange News

From the album Traces

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In memory of our cousin Ewan Polwart (1975 – 2008)

Lyrics

STRANGE NEWS

Strange news is at this table
Strange news and stranger still
In boots and a bobble hat I hap you up from the morning chill

One brother makes another call
One brother lets it ring
And at the head of the path you laugh as a lone blackbird begins to sing

And a mother does just what she must
And a father comes undone
In the not yet snow we wave and shout ‘hello!’ to a morning sun

Strange news arrives unbidden
Strange news and stranger still

Strange news is at this table
Strange news and stranger still
There are plastic strings of gold and ice-cold beer on the windowsill

Somewhere a boy is asking ‘when?’
Somewhere a woman ‘why?’
And in the field out back we wait for the crack of wings in a winter sky

And a mother does just what she must…

There’s a blood red mark upon my door
(You passed us over, passed us over)

Strange news is at this table
Strange news and stranger still
There's glitter on the dirt road, and a light slung low on Soutra hill

One brother makes another call
One brother lets it ring
And at the head of the path you laugh as a lone blackbird begins to sing

And a mother does just what she must …