When The Night Rose Like The Dawn

from by James McKean and the Blueberry Moon

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A few years ago my friend Monica gave me a book about the Second World War for Diwali. I wrote this song about the Liberation of Paris in 1944.

Ross and I began the recording back in 2012 when we first started work on No Peace For The Wicked. It didn't really fit with the album's mood so we put it on the backburner, and finally polished it off this week. It's quite jaunty by our standards.

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It was August 25th beneath the morning mist
The promise in the air was enriching
We cut stars out of rags, and used them in the flags
We didn't sleep a wink for all our stitching
And then the night rose like the dawn; we opened up our arms
And came down to the city streets to greet them
And on the peal of the bell, the streets began to yell
When night rose like the dawning of our freedom

It was only days ago, that fear settled here like snow
Our spirits were a world away from mending
Rumour spreading all around, like fire through the crowd
We didn't dare to visualise an ending
And then the night rose like the dawn; we opened up our arms
And came down to the battered streets to greet them
And on the peal of the bell, the streets began to yell
When night rose like the dawning of our freedom
When night rose like the dawning of our freedom
When night rose like the dawning of our freedom

credits

from Let The River Answer, released December 8, 2016
James McKean - Vocals and acoustic guitar
Ross Palmer - Drums, bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, mix and master
Melanie Crew - Backing vocals

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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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