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Harbin

by Benedict Hawkin

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Recorded with Marc Bird as part of his podcast The Portable Recorder, a podcast exploring field recording, portable music production, musique concrete, and wellness.

Sounds were captured in the Old Courthouse in Otley, and arts & resource centre run by the local community.

lyrics

In the August rain, up the hills from Strabane
Left by the side of the road
Nibbling the gorse, you were just minding yours
Didn’t know that you were alone

Far as I can see, was just a jackass like me
Easier to let go and run
By the time you’d been led from the pasture, the engine
Was on and it was already done

There are days
I can’t face the window
So they named you after where I wanna go
I know there’s no ill will
Behind those black eyes
I just need your love
More than you need mine

When they took you on thought you were too far gone
Nervous and shivering and starved
All the papers were saying they could hear you braying
From all the way in Omagh

You dreamt wild things when you were close to the brink
But not that your path would cross mine
What’d you do to deserve it, what did I do to earn it
Guess they were giving away second tries

It feels cruel
We are never to know
If there’s a hand that guides our reins
Or tells us we’re free to go
But I know there's no ill will,
Behind those black eyes
I just need your love
More than you need mine
I just need your love
More than you need mine

More than you need mine
I just need your love
More than you need mine
I just need your love
More than you need mine
I just need your love
More than you need mine

Until I go away, I’ll be counting the days
Gets easier as I get older, oh
Are you my beast of burden? Back always hurting
From the cross you’ve been wearing shoulder to shoulder

You've been alive since before Thatcher resigned
Had more years than I thought I would get
But then so have I, never thought I’d survive
Guess there’s a little life in me yet

credits

released October 28, 2022
released October 28, 2022
Written and performed by Benedict Hawkin
Produced by Marc Bird
Additional Vocals and percussion by Marc Bird

Special thanks to The Courthouse Project

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