Sea Glass

by Jennifer Crook

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Beautiful atmospheric new single from UK folk songwriter Jennifer Crook evoking the fragility of our natural environment and of human life. Even within the aching sadness of grief and goodbyes we can see glimmers of hope and beauty...

Jennifer wrote Sea Glass for Miranda Sykes' album Borrowed Places in 2017, inspired by a story of loss and the difficulties of saying the goodbye to a dear friend for the last time. Miranda is currently going through breast cancer treatment and Jennifer would be very grateful if you are able to make a donation to help her friend at this time: www.paypal.me/sykesbass

Based on a true story, Jennifer’s folk influences wash up on the shores of a modern dilemma: the age-old tradition of sending a message in a bottle out to sea alongside our current concerns about ocean pollution. The hope is that we can begin to turn back the tide on climate change, and that heartache and loss can be transformed in time into something beautiful: like sea glass.
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Sea Glass

Beautiful sea glass, my friend out of reach
I wrote him a letter from Babbacombe beach
An old man was walking, bent down, picked it up
Oh he cursed my sea glass, my letter of love

What are you thinking polluting the sea
With all of this sea glass and your misery
His words they were bitter and cruel to my mind
Returning my letter, he left his unsigned

I’d wander the shoreline, I’d sift through the sand
I’d clean up the ocean from Devon to France
For one day of laughter to see him again
But I only have sea glass, so goodbye my friend

Beautiful sea glass, how softly it gleams
We all cut our feet on the path to our dreams
If we dare love ‘til our heart’s break in two
The River Dart carries white lilies for you

I said to the old man, down Chesil way
Who stumbled on my heart that cold Christmas Day
I hope that you learn to discern dross from gold
And a friend will send sea glass to you when you go

I’d wander the shoreline, I’d sift through the sand
I’d clean up the ocean from Devon to France
For one day of laughter to see him again
But I only have sea glass, so goodbye my friend

Beautiful sea glass, my friend out of reach
I wrote him a letter from Babbacombe beach
And if you should find it on some distant shore
Forgive me my sea glass, my friend is no more


© Jennifer Crook March 2017

credits

released April 22, 2020
Jennifer Crook: lead vocal, harp
Maclaine Colston: hammered dulcimer
Stuart Bruce: acoustic bass, bowed guitars, bowed mandolin, harmonium, backing vocals and percussion
Rob Brian: drums

Recorded in Box, Wiltshire, UK
Produced by Stuart Bruce and Jennifer Crook
Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Bruce
Video filmed in Devon, UK.
Sea Glass © Jennifer Crook
© 2020 Transatlantic Roots
UPC: 195079253485

www.jennifercrook.com

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Jennifer Crook Bath, UK

"I urge you to give this a listen. This is contemporary songwriting and performing at it's best"****Maverick

"Heart-wrenchingly gorgeous music" Roots & Fusion

Telegraph***Best Folk Albums of 2014 (Carnforth Station)

“I’m really, really loving the new album ‘Merry-Go-Round’ - it’s beautiful” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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