Two songs inspired by La Belle Sauvage / The Book of Dust / Philip Pullman

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River, carry her safely down Almost breaking, making our way Away from town To pass her on We've left the ground Baby, talk to your sparrow Babbling to him You dear little thing We'll feed you, sleep when you're tired And snuggle in Under my wing. And all the while the water winds Feeling lost at sea Hiding from the ones that harm I've got room for three. My body aches But my boat is strong Silent, fate carries us along Like a butterfly I don't want to cry And all the while the water winds Feeling lost at sea Hiding from the ones that harm I've got room for three. Is it dust defining us? Fighting fear with fear The child, the spy The Earth and sky A different world appears And all the while the water winds Feeling lost at sea Hiding from the ones that harm I've got room for three. River, carry her safely down
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Sanctuary 03:16
Close the shutters and lock out the world For safety, for sanctuary. Is it safe to believe what you're told by friends or their enemies? The walls are high and we are guarded here By all that we ought yo know But water rises up and dust gets in We're covered from head to toe. And brought to a shore That wasn't there before The weather changes and the walls are pulled Way down, we weigh down All our hopes upon La Belle Sauvage To safety, to sanctuary.

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A couplet of songs written especially for the launch of La Belle Sauvage, the first book in Philip Pullman's long awaited new trilogy - The Book Of Dust, set before His Dark Materials. The songs were performed at The Bodleian Librarian Oxford, with Philip Pullman in attendance.

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released October 19, 2017

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The Bookshop Band Bath, UK

The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops. They started as a collaboration between a group of musicians in Bath and their local independent bookshop, Mr B's Emporium. Now they are about to go on tour, sponsored by Vintage Books and Independent Booksellers Week, around other bookshops and lit fests. Catch them if you can. Details at www.thebookshopband.co.uk ... more

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