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Song Four of our seven song story of the Three Tynes, representing the North Tyne. Having escaped the isolation of her community, she realises she has made many concessions to succeed at something she didn't really want. She violently breaks free to follow her own path.

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Can’t remember when I looked back
Can’t remember when I turned aside
Can’t remember what I am missing
Ask myself why don’t I run?

Been filling my eyes with silver
Been filling my pockets with sand
Been filling my hands with trinkets
So weighed down that I can’t run

I been marching I been walking
I been creeping I been crawling
I been stumbling I been falling
When I should have run

You can look the other way
You can look like you seen it all
You can look the innocent
Just watch me run

If only what I touch would break
Cos all that I have here is fake
For mine if not for heaven’s sake
It would be better gone

And those of you for whom this way
Is cause enough then I would say
Think on, because you’ve had your day
You would be better gone

You’ve had your pound of flesh and more
Your heads are rich, your hearts are poor
My legs are weak, my hands are sore
I would be better gone

I’ll give up everything I own
I’ll swap the fat for skin and bone
If I must, I’ll be alone
I am the better gone

So this is where I get and go
Broad for narrow, high for low
Deep for shallow, fast for slow
I will be better gone

I’ll take the hammer to the rock
I’ll break the hold of every lock
I’ll beat the walls until they crack
I’ll fill your eyes with fire and flak
I’ll fill your ears with crash and roar
You will taste it in the air
And then I will be gone

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from Three Tynes, released December 1, 2020

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Will Good and The Mattes England, UK

Will Good and The Mattes is the public persona of Steve Chaplin, a songwriter in the far north of England. The (mostly) guitar-based approach is focused on (mostly) songs on anything from climate change to political rant to personal crisis.

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