crackle and pop: native land by everything but the girl

Today’s track is Native Land by Everything But The Girl featuring Jonny Marr on harmonica.

“Don’t ever let me hear you say
This is the life we folks must lead
Do you think silver turns our locks?
What gold do you think paves our streets?”

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It’s a bit of a lost single coming out between “Eden” and “Love not Money”. Though it leans heavily towards the latter as EBTG moved away from the bossa nova acoustics of “Eden”, towards a style heavily influenced by the jangle of The Smiths, hence the appearance of Marr on harmonica. It also saw a move towards the more overtly political lyrics that permeate “Love not Money” a reflection of the very fractured politics of the day. It takes me back to my Labour Party activist days in 1980’s Middlesbrough and CLP meetings getting so heated fights used to break out..

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