And just when I thought I was free I get pulled in again
Once you’re in, you’re in….

Blue Pastures.

Blue Pastures 2019-2-web

Sleeve #147

Today’s release is an acoustic track which is reminiscent of the band’s earlier folk-like songs on “Laid” : on the reflective “Blue Pastures,” the musicianship is minimal; Jim Glennie’s bass meanders under Tim Booth’s gentle croon, creating a kind of lullaby. The guitar shivers in as Booth sings “I’m walking to the sound of distant bells.” At moments the lyric considers bad times, even suicide. But as the drums make a brief appearance, the tone changes to one of tentative hope that carries to the closing line, “I fall into a sleep.” Then the guitars fade out, leaving a sweet, gentle silence in their wake. With Daniel David and his lover as cover stars, ‘Blue Pastures’ almost to remind you that this is still James, with Tim Booth perhaps addressing James’ plight himself (“And just when I thought I was free I get pulled in again / Once you’re in, you’re in…”). 

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There’s been many tries for this particular sleeve art, during many months.  

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