Jon says, “I believe this is the only song Nic Jones wrote in its entirety. A grim but moving summary of human existence, the subtext of which is, I suspect, carpe diem.”
I can add that I’ve come across two other sole writing credits, the songs Green to Grey and Rapunzel, not that it’s especially important. Given his output, however, this may not be exclusive but is pretty rare none the less (should you wish it Mainly Norfolk has a very good discography here.) A shame I think, although Jones may well have felt there was more of merit in the tradition (as some do here.) I don’t have his original to compare, but I like the way that this works. It seems to me part carpe diem and part lament to lost spirituality overtaken by worldly trappings.
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