Dry The Life EP

by John Reed

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    We live in denial that the resource that sustains life is not in infinite supply. Water shortage has been with us for decades, even in the developed world, yet we continue to waste it on power washing cars and drives (500 litres an hour), few gardeners use grey water (washing up water) on their plants etc.. Cape Town recently came very close to running out of water altogether. California has suffered more than five years of drought. London is drier than Istanbul, and the Environment Agency’s own data shows that the water courses of South East England are drier than parts of North Africa. Dry The Life.

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Dry The Life only happened because of a chance conversation with a good friend about odd shaped instruments. That led to me borrowing an N'goni he was gifted in Australia by a Ghanaian. Eight days later the original version of Dry The Life was recorded and mixed - the opening song. The EP comprises three very different versions of the song, a remix of a song from Moorscape, and three new songs that didn't quite fit with the theme of protest in next year's album. We think it's different, combining British folk with a bit of jazz-blues and a slice of progressive rock. But now it's for others to judge!

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released January 1, 2017

JOHN REED: Cittern & Vocals, N'goni, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, Electric guitar
EMMA PERRY & KATE FERRIS: Backing vocals
MATT STEADY: Violin & Uilleann pipes
KIERAN HEANEY: Electric guitar on NIGHT
HEYGAMAL: Production

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John Reed Manchester, UK

John is a Blackpool born singer-songwriter from Greater Manchester whose songs cover themes of social injustice, environment, politics, and life.

That said, John's latest album #Inheritance is about #Ancestry #Family #Love #Environment and #Peace

Working in collaboration with other musicians and backing band The Folded Arms, John delivers powerful and thought provoking live shows.
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Track Name: Dry The Life (N'Goni Version)
DRY THE LIFE

You can dry the life out of me
And you can ta ke the salt from the sea
But I’m thirsty till the rain
Comes back to me again
You can dry the life out of me

You can pour your poison in the well
You can signal danger with a bell
But I’m thirsty till it’s full
Among the cattle skulls
While you pour your poison in the well

You can dry the life out of me
And you can take the salt from the sea
But I’m thirsty till the rain
Comes back to me again
You can dry the life out of me

You could make it safe for the one in ten
You could bring good health to their children
So when you cash your shares
And turn the tap upstairs
Think about the danger you put them in

You can dry the life out of me
You can take the salt from the sea
I’m thirsty till the rain
Comes back to me again
You can dry the life out of me

Words & Music by John Reed
© John Reed April 2016 All Rights Reserved

First released as a single July 15, 2016

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