Shannon Marie Harney sings The Border...
We have released a new recording of the O'Sullivan/Edwards song, The Border.
The setting, the melody, is by Sue Edwards - who is well known to the autoharp community, of course.
And it is a very autoharp friendly melody - chords are G C D. We have added a little Middle 8 section, Chords Em C G D.
Sue took a lyric of mine from my song lyric book, Love Death and Whiskey, pages 44-45, and set it. I have always really liked this setting, and its embrace of repetition. The patterns of repetition in the lyric interweave with the patterns of repetition in the melody. Highlighting different phrases - different words and different melodic phrases. It is the kind of repetition you would exploit in a song lyric, but not in a poem. Very much the whole being greater than the sum.
The singer is Shannon Marie Harney. I have said that my stuff is not a typical part of Shannon Marie's repertoire. And, at first, she sang this song almost in rock chick mode - which I liked, and might have been happy with.
But we gave Shannon Marie her studio time - the song asserted itself, and took its own direction.
I hope Sue Edwards is happy with the result.
The obvious links are pasted in below - but the song can be found wherever you look for your music...
I have also pasted in the Chordify link, so that you can see the pattern of the chords. And the Google Books link to the song lyric book.
My thanks to Sue Edwards, to Shannon Marie Harney, and to Danny Yates, City Sound Studios.
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Love Death and Whiskey - 40 Songs
By Patrick O'Sullivan · 2010