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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
 * 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
 * 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
 * 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
 * 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

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

Redux 2 version 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 mum lets out a big sigh//
 * //'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]]//.
 * Redux 2 version appears on //[[Redux 2]]//.

EP release

 - //Notes from a small island// - single mix - 3.10
 - [[The resurrectionist]] - live acoustic version - 3.00
 - //Notes from a small island// - LorD and Master united remix - 8.28
 - //Notes from a small island// - LorD and Master orderly queue remix - 8.09
 - //[[Dark Streets]] 1984// - 3.48
 - //Notes from a small island// - GX remix - 8.15
 - //Notes from a small island// - Lthrboots remix - 6.08
 - //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: 2019/04/18 11:22 by dan