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Full Moon and the Cold Cold Sea

by Will Good and The Mattes

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Every year, thousands of men, women and children, including many fleeing conflict and persecution in the Middle East and Africa, seek asylum in the UK. The final stage of their long journey is to cross the English Channel, a 20 mile stretch of sea between England and France. It seems a tiny distance compared with their journey so far but the crossing can be rough and it is a busy shipping channel. Crammed into small, unseaworthy boats, refugees are sometimes lost at sea or have to be rescued by the coast guard. Imagine a couple beginning this dangerous crossing, fearing that one of them may not make it.


Let us hold each other
Share a blanket to stay warm
Give our trust to one more shadow not to send us into harm
Take this picture of me
Keep it dry and close to hand
It will help you find me should the fates desert us when we reach the land

The full moon and the
The cold cold sea
The tide flows strong, in
God’s sight let us be

Rest your head against my shoulder
Put your hands inside my coat
Tell me what you see in my eyes, hold the fear back from your thoughts
Keep the picture with you
It’s a moment from our time
It will give you courage should our luck desert us and I’m left behind


Devils walked beside us
Many of our friends were lost
As we drift into the darkness, pray their souls watch over us
Keep the picture near your heart
Pressed against your skin
I will always be with you if fortune should desert us and then I am gone



released January 16, 2023
Artwork: @drjohnnyblenks


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Will Good and The Mattes England, UK

Will Good and The Mattes is the public persona of SteveC, 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. Definitely not Einaudi. ... more

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