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Let The River Answer is one of my favourite songs from No Peace For The Wicked, and probably one of the best recordings we've made.

Will Hamilton has made a lovely music video to go with it.

This is what I wrote about the song when we released the album in March:

"The song Let The River Answer is also on the last record we recorded, but that was more of a demo version. It became our opener at live shows, and the arrangement developed, and so I was keen to re-record it.

Townes Van Zandt often re-recorded songs for subsequent albums if he thought he could add something different.

The song itself was inspired by Judee Sill, Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen."


Like a raven with its mind on fire
I hurry up and down the land
I keep looking for something in this dream of mine
A paperback is in my hand
Then I'll see you standing in the yard
And soar up from a sea of lies
I'm trying hard to reason as a child sees things
Maybe that would be unwise
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you be baptised?
Now I'm chewing on the things you said
And feeling like a grain of sand
I guess there was a reason why things reached a head
But clearly I don't understand
So will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you be baptised?


from Let The River Answer, released December 8, 2016
James McKean - Vocals and acoustic guitar
Ross Palmer - Electric guitar, piano, bass guitar and organ
Kit Jolliffe - Drums
Zoe Carassik-Lord - Backing vocals
Kurt Hamilton - Pedal steel guitar

Mastered by Ben Zushi-Rhodes at Metropolis Studios.



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James McKean and the Blueberry Moon UK

James McKean was born in Oxford and lives in London.

His band the Blueberry Moon's first album proper No Peace For The Wicked is out now.

An earlier EP Where The River Runs Both Ways was released on CD in 2011.

Previously James fronted cult indie group The 'A' Train, with his brother Dan.
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