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Ralegh Long

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Song Stories - #1 'Elizabeth' from "The Gift"
Elizabeth was a breakthrough song for me, one of those moments when you suddenly find yourself closer to what you're trying to achieve. It was written just as summer turned to autumn and I still love the line "September comes, and it brings rain / You feel the winter swell in a passing train".
I recorded it myself with Will Lamport and Richard Ellis in my parents' living room, the big old chairs soaking up the sound. I remember hiring some very heavy recording equipment from Richmond Film Services and dragging it back on the train. I then wrote to Jack Hayter of Hefner and asked him if he wanted to overdub some pedal steel. I was a big Hefner fan and I didn't think he'd even reply. He didn't just reply, he sent me back my song with this amazing pedal steel on. Jack's played with me for years now, but he still says this is his favourite bit of steel playing. The blog Gold Flake Paint picked it up and wrote about it, and that meant I could get some shows. I remember Strongroom bar with support from Tommy Ashby, and a freezing winter tour with Howlin Lord through Germany, playing Elizabeth on old Steinways in old halls. In many ways this was the start of the journey.

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