The Great Divide

by Laish

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Allow me to unveil the first instalment of the We Come Alive Covers Project.

You will find the rest of the project here:
soundcloud.com/we-come-alive/sets/we-come-alive-covers-project

I drew up a list of musical friends and heroes and asked each one to submit a cover song chosen by someone else on that list. I love hearing good covers, it is such an interesting process seeing how people approach performing and recording someone else's material. I also wanted be part of bringing together the musical community that surrounds and inspires me through running We Come Alive shows in London.

Initially around 20 songwriters and bands agreed to participate. As I write this, 13 tracks have been recorded and I absolutely love them! The collection is an incredibly enjoyable, surprising, varied set of songs and I would like to begin sharing them in instalments as they are worthy of taking time to savour.

I am a huge fan of Pat Dam Smyth's work. His show at We Come Alive at The Harrison was in my top 3 of the season. This song really moved me with its stark lyrics of leaving somewhere and perhaps someone. I decided I could do it justice if I made some structural changes. I knocked it from a 3/4 waltz into a 4/4 bounce and turned up the gain. I absolutely loved working on this track and I'm very happy to share it with you.

Here's the original:
soundcloud.com/patdamsmyth/06-the-great-divide

lyrics

Now we once stood with pride
When we had God on our side
Then came the great divide
And the tide turned to dust

Where was I when you stole the night
In the arms of someone alive
This became the great divide
That tore us apart

And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
From You
And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
Don't lead the way
To hell

Sun turns to ice and frost turns to the wall
When Caesar stood with his back to the hall
And I will weep by wailing walls
As empires rise and fall

And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
From You
And that's why I'm going away
And that's why I'm going away
Don't lead the way
To hell

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released November 11, 2015
Song written by Pat Dam Smyth
Recorded and mixed at home by Danny Green (Laish)
Mastered by Ben Green

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