Grand Central Station New York

by David Clifton

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On my first visit to New York whilst on tour playing guitar for Tanita Tikaram,  Frank Tontoh (our drummer) and I went downtown one morning before the afternoon soundcheck. He wanted to buy a baseball jacket (Redskins, I seem to remember) and I was trying to find Manny's music store.  We went our separate ways to explore New York.
After leaving Manny's I got completely lost and found myself at Grand Central Station. When travelling I so often experience events, notice people and find myself affected by encounters in a very different way. There is so much we unintentionally overlook and take for granted in our day to day environment. Travelling often reveals the circumstances of the ordinary day with a new vision. 
Some years later, Phil Baggaley and I met one wintry weekend in Derby to write new folk songs. In a turn of synchronicity, he suggested writing a song with this title. I have always wanted to record it, as it's a popular song in my concert set.
I feel it is particularly poignant during this Christmas season when we can easily overlook those in our neighbourhoods who may be in difficult circumstances and might need words of encouragement, help and care.

lyrics

Grand Central Station New York,

Grand Central Station New York,
Train at the end of the line
Waits for a signal to leave for the west coast
The Star Of The North will be leaving on time
From the Grand Central Station New York

Grand Central Station New York,
Girl with the tears in her eyes
Waits for her lover who sent her a letter
Promised a wedding but never came back
To the Grand Central Station New York

Grand Central Station New York,
Soldier came home from the war
Nobody met him or called him a hero
Now clutching a bottle he sleeps on the floor
Of the Grand Central Station New York

Does anybody ever want to know
About the stories, and the places where all the lonely people go?

Grand Central Station New York,
Millions of people pass by
Hurrying home for the first day of Christmas
They walk past the girl who still waits for her lover
Straight past the soldier still clutching his bottle
And all of the stories that nobody knows
Of the Grand Central Station New York

Grand Central Station,
New York

Words and Music:
Phil Baggaley and David Clifton, Little Room Music/IQ Music Ltd.

www.littleroom.com

credits

released November 22, 2019
David Clifton: Vocals, acoustic, electric and ambient guitars.
Mark Edwards: Piano and Hammond Organ
Bethany Hankins: Violin
Preston Davis: Double Bass
Jason Roller: Drums

Produced by David Clifton, Knoxville Tennessee
Additional Recording and production, Ben McAmis
Tracking: Wild Chorus Studio, engineered by Scott Miner

Mixed by Ben McAmis, Knoxvile, Tennessee USA
Mastered By Richard Dodd, Nashville, Tennessee USA

LRMD17

Photograph:
Grand Central Station, Berenice Abbott (1941)
Getty Images, New York
Hand coloured by Avi A Katz
Artwork preparation: Billy Fann

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