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Space and Place

from Songs in the Key of Slow by Songs In The Key

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A love letter to home towns, and in this case the home town is pre earthquake Christchurch, NZ.
Space and Place was originally about returning home after a long period of OE in a distant land, and later emerging from a cold CHCH winter to the familiar beauty of the city, a place that knows you as well as you know it.
The song was written before the February 22nd Earthquake and this video was shot before the city was badly damaged. It beautifully captures many of the features that made the city iconic including Cathedral Square, The Press Building, The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Bridge of Remembrance, Colombo Street etc etc.
The song and its lyrics are even more potent, poignant, and unexpectedly prescient post quake, as the song becomes a love letter to something we all lost.


Space and Place (Franklin, Mayes, Roberts)

Space and place subside,
and you know me well.
Streets of common ground
I remember, I remember

Space and grace subside,
and walls begin to melt
Safe forgotten sounds
I remember I remember

Don't make a sound,
when I'm breaking.
Well I'm trying
The same grey lines
Look at me
Waiting for their chance
Walk over the same steps
I'm making it up
Yeah I'm making it up
Think of when we last met
There's beauty

Here the concrete elevations
and the wire mesh canopies
Tell tales of possibility,
and shelter our memories
The dust has settled in
Suspended in mid air
Quietly refracting the tender summer glare
There's hope in your eyes as we buoyantly stride
From one street to another
Like a river in summer
Like the urbanite lovers we are

Space and place subside
and you know me well.
Streets of common ground
I remember, I remember
space and grace subside
and walls begin to melt
safe forgotten sounds
I remember I remember


from Songs in the Key of Slow, released February 21, 2013
Leigh Franklin - Vocals, Guitars
Rob Mayes - Bass, Strings, Keys
Mark Roberts - Guitars
Steve Birss - Drums


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Songs In The Key Christchurch, New Zealand

A collaborative project based around Producer/Engineer/Musician Rob Mayes & a selection of talented musicians who worked together under a series of rules to create new musical works.
2 hours to compose an original work based around a theme - 'Slow" hence the album title is "Songs in the Key of Slow".
Leigh Franklin & Mark Roberts Gat/Vox, Rob Mayes Bass keyboards, production) Steve Birss, (Drums).
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