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Concrete Wilderness

from Going through Changes by Quarries & Corridors

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"Far enough, I think, from what used to be cities, and what it’s like there now god only knows…"

An urban counterpart to the song 'Worlds End' from Talis Kimberley's album The Hearth and the Hive.


It started with the riots and the blackouts
Supermarket shelves were looted bare
With our neighbours barricaded in their homes, we slipped away
On a desperate escape to anywhere

Nothing grows amongst the tower blocks and buildings
And the vermin all died out or fled the nest
There's just scavengers and looters, barbarians and thugs
In the concrete wilderness

We all used to think the countryside was savage
And we used to call the cities civilised
Now the places you can farm and hunt and forage
Are the only ones where people can survive

And I used to say technology would save us
‘Til the day it simply left us powerless
Now machines are left discarded in the side streets
Of the concrete wilderness

[Radio monologue]
We've been on the run for a year now, avoiding roads and open spaces.
It's astonishing how quickly people changed, like humanity was a cracked veneer.
I had a pocket book on surviving in the wild.
The rest got burned that first winter, before the hungry ran out of pets...
The book says that we should log our experiences for reference, but I don't want to be reminded.
If things get back to normal, this may be the only record of what happened.
And that's why I'm writing this down.
So I can forget.

I had friends before who lived out on the farmland
And they'll probably fare better than the rest
But the villages are all kept well defended
So us wanderers will have to do our best

They'd shoot us all on sight, and I don't blame them
In their place I doubt that I'd do any less
Cause I've seen the barely human wreckage that emerged
From the concrete wilderness

And that's why I'm writing this down,
so I can forget.


from Going through Changes, released October 21, 2019
Vocals by Nat Titman.
Synth by Jenny Hackett.
Lyrics by Stacy Smith, used with permission.
Melody, setting and inspiration from Talis Kimberley's Worlds End, used with permission.
Produced by Jenny, and recorded, mixed and edited by Jenny and Nat.


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Quarries & Corridors Nottingham, UK

Quarries & Corridors are Aly Thymia and Jenny Hackett, a musical duo based in Nottingham, UK.

Their debut album, Going through Changes, released in October 2019 and features 55 minutes of new music over 11 tracks.

An eclectic mix of folk and synthpop, inspired by life's struggles and the fantasy fiction that gets us through them.
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