Broken Hill Hotel

by Louis Barabbas

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A song based on the book "Remnants Of Empire" by Pamela Shurmer-Smith, a collection of memories about Northern Rhodesia (pre-Zambian independence) shedding light on the treacheries of nostalgia and the inevitable "reminiscence bump" we must all face eventually.

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At the Broken Hill Hotel
There's thirteen steps down to the road
Trees bowed double with the mangos
Exile never felt so much like home

Oh the copper and toil
We came for the pay but stayed for the soil
Where there's no grey
There's just two kinds of day
Hot with rain
And hot with no rain at all

At the Broken Hill Hotel
Beware of the tales the old wives tell
The road's so bad they named it Hell
If memory serves it don't serve too well

The remnants is all
Running barefoot is all I recall
And no grey
Just two kinds of day
Hot with rain
And hot with no rain at all

At the Broken Hill Hotel
They know every soul who carried that load
Going South on the Great North Road
Ain't no land that was ever owed

So much and so small
Going up in the world felt to some like a fall
There's no grey
Two kinds of day
Hot with rain
And hot with no rain at all

credits

released November 27, 2014
Song by Louis Barabbas
Recorded at F-Bomb Studios with Felix Hagan
Produced by Felix Hagan

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Louis Barabbas Manchester, UK

Louis Barabbas is a writer, performer and label director, best known for caustic love songs and energetic stage shows. He is also a member of Un-Convention, occupies a seat on the Musician’s Union Live Performance Committee, is one of the moderators at Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net resource, fronts The Bedlam Six and presents a weekly show on Fab Radio International.
www.louisbarabbas.com
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