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City In The Sand

by Hector Gannet

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City In The Sand is lifted from the forthcoming album 'The Land Belongs To Us'. Written in the middle of the pandemic around Christmas time, when restrictions where beginning to lift at a point where doing so seemed pretty reckless. That entire period had the air of armageddon about it. It’s about things inevitably falling apart really, sandcastles washed away by the incoming tide.
Released digitally on 02 September, 2022.


A town ablaze
A sea in black
A swelling beam
Fetched up from the riverbank
There's a vision in the embers
And a message in my hand
A flame to remember
A cold December
How long is the rain going to last?
This I have learned not to ask

But isn't it a pity
This kindled city
Was built on the sand.

Stars are burning in the sky
As sure as night
We'll gather by the fireside
Life glowing in amber
As every green turns to red
Dark shadows on the plains
The herd all walking lame
Some curse the clouds
Others pray for the rain
And all that was given
Was taken back again

And isn't it a shame
The sea had claim to dry land
And isn't it a pity
The city was built on the sand.


released September 2, 2022
Written by Hector Gannet (aka Aaron James Duff)
Recorded at Polestar Studios, Byker with Alex Blamire
Mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns On The Lake


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Hector Gannet North Shields, UK

North Shields born singer/songwriter Aaron Duff, works both solo and with full band under the name Hector Gannet.


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