On The Ground Where John Wesley Walked

by Band Of Holy Joy

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A rural northern punklore that harks back to other spaces, other times, whilst speaking most presciently of the state of mind of this land as it is right now and all the while serving as a savage prayer for better brighter days to come. Recorded with Chris Clarke at Reservoir Studios it features flute by Clive Bell and cello by David Barbenel.
[Gerry Ranson, MuleFreedom PR, March 2011]

Cover design by Inga Tillere.



After the slaughter
The fields stood silent
Empty and silent
The footpaths and bridleways closed
Riddled with unease
I got down on my knees
I woke each summer morning
Fearing you'd be gone

The gulls inland
Follow the plough
Like they haunted the trawlers
In days before now
Hungry with your creed
I could not support your greed
I woke that autumn morning
Knowing you had gone

I was tearing at
The frost ridden soil
With my numb bare hands
On the ground where John Wesley walked
Come help me bury the past
Those good things never last
No beauty nor faith nothing virtuous or true
To be star bright
Under Moonlight
At midnight
As we walked out on the fells
Those nights are gone


released July 4, 2011



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Band Of Holy Joy London, UK

Margin walkers and midnight drifters, Band of Holy Joy have wandered liminal landscapes of their own making for 3 decades now. The weirdness and wildness of the landscape they stagger through, the askew vision like a crash between Coleridge, Brecht and David Peace, the literary allusions and poetry, the strangeness of it all. A cultural piracy raiding doomed melancholy and gentrified mediocrity. ... more


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