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Notes from a small island is a song by LorD and Master, who took the name from a book about travelling around the UK by Bill Bryson. The song is written about life in the UK, from a somewhat cynical point of view.

Lyrics

  • A train goes past the station
  • There are leaves upon the line
  • Commuters stifle sniffles
  • With a plastic cup of wine
  • Waiting at a level crossing
  • Stands a silver four-wheel-drive
  • Time to pick the kids up
  • Who knows when they will arrive
  • Down the lane a little cyclist
  • With a little flashing light
  • Slips past a little church
  • Its little windows shining bright
  • Around the back a graveyard
  • With some ageing wooden benches
  • Empty beer cans litter graves
  • Of those who died in trenches
  • We're all living on this island
  • We're all getting by
  • Empire lost, we count the cost but
  • Stiff upper lips don't cry
  • On the fields of Battle
  • There's a kid flying a kite
  • His parents pecking fingerfoods
  • Discussing who is right:
  • He says they should move
  • But she wants to stay put
  • He's increasingly insistent
  • But she's putting down her foot
  • Across the road a pub is open
  • Parasols out front
  • People drinking continental lager
  • Talking with a grunt
  • The cat jumps up on to the bar
  • A glass falls with a smash
  • “That's coming from your wages”
  • Says the landlord waving cash
  • Streets away, a tiny woman
  • Pulls a basket on its wheel
  • Inside the Yorkshire terrier
  • Looks forward to its meals
  • She stops into a corner shop
  • Picks up a box of tea
  • She strolls back home and watches
  • Something on the BBC
  • Next door a baby's crying
  • 'cause she wants to have her feed
  • Her mother doesn't notice
  • 'cause she's settled down to read
  • Up and down the country
  • On the doorsteps and the drives
  • All the British people
  • Going about their British lives

Lthrboots remixes alternative lyrics (third verse only)

  • Streets away, a tiny woman
  • Pulls a basket on its wheel
  • Inside the Yorkshire terrier
  • Looks forward to its meals
  • She stops into a corner shop
  • Picks up a box of tea
  • She strolls back home and watches
  • Something on the BBC
  • Next door a baby's crying
  • 'cause she wants to have her feed
  • Her mother doesn't get up
  • 'cause she's settled down to read
  • Up and down the country
  • On the doorsteps and the drives
  • All the British people
  • Going about their British lives

Versions

  • Appears on Miserablism.
  • LorD and Master extended mix appears on Miserablist.
  • Single mix appears on Notes from a small island - EP (q.v.).
  • Remixes by LorD and Master, GX and Lthrboots appear on Notes from a small island - EP.
  • Lthrboots radio edit appears on Flipside.
  • Single mix appears on Singular.

EP release

Notes from a small island - EP art.

  1. Notes from a small island - single mix - 3.10
  2. The resurrectionist - live acoustic version - 3.00
  3. Notes from a small island - LorD and Master united remix - 8.28
  4. Notes from a small island - LorD and Master orderly queue remix - 8.09
  5. Dark Streets 1984 - 3.48
  6. Notes from a small island - GX remix - 8.15
  7. Notes from a small island - Lthrboots remix - 6.08
  8. Notes from a small island - Lthrboots radio edit - 3.28

Released 11 June 2012

Personnel

Written, produced and performed by Daniel Bailey-Graham. Additional production on GX remix by GX. Additional production on Lthrboots remixes by Lthrboots.

notes_from_a_small_island.txt · Last modified: 2015/10/13 10:48 by dan