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This one goes out to all the chrysalids waiting to emerge...

This song was written for the album in 2019.

Inspired by The Chrysalids / Re-Birth, John Wyndham, 1955.


I met you at the High Bank
Where good children shouldn’t go
There we played amongst the gullies
And down where the waters flow
With your hair in yellow ribbons
Oh you were a joyful sight
But I saw the terror strike you
As your secret came to light

You've got ten perfect fingers
And twelve perfect toes
My diff’rence is hidden
While your diff’rence shows
We must hide them away
So that nobody knows
Not the reach of my mind
Or tips of your toes!

At Sunday school they taught us
Of the monsters we might find
They take the shape of children
But they have no soul inside
Can you truly be a blasphemy
To God’s true holy form?
I know your mind holds kindness
I've felt your heart is warm


All my sisters and my brothers
Spread through families all around
Have learnt that we are other
And our bond must not be found
For they cast aside their babes in arms
Denounce their closest kin
We must only think together
They will never know our sin

[Chorus - Nor your ten perfect fingers...
...Not the reach of our minds
Or the tips of your toes]

I have dreamed about a city
Unlike any that could be
Strange buildings ‘round a harbour
‘though I’ve never seen the sea
Where carts move without horses
Silver fishes fill the sky
If such a place existed
Would they care to heed our cry?

Only in God’s image!
Tend carefully the flock!
In purity, salvation!
Keep clean His holy stock!
Watch thou for the mutant!
Blessed is the norm!
Suffer thou no deviant:
they are the Devil’s spawn!

But if Satan truly darkens hearts
And twists good minds with fear
I don’t think it’s we deviants
Who have him at our ear

[Chorus - And you've got...
...Not the reach of our minds
Or the tips of your toes]

Yes we’ll hide them together
So only we know!
Of the reach of our minds
And your twelve perfect toes!


from Going through Changes, released October 21, 2019
Lyrics, melody and lead vocals by Nat Titman.
All instrumentation, harmonies and backing vocals by Jenny Hackett.
Hand claps by both of us!
Produced by Jenny, and recorded, mixed and edited by Jenny and Nat.

(And honestly, who KNOWS what a post-Tribulation Newfoundland accent would sound like anyway!)


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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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