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The Damned and the Saved (Single)

by Piers Faccini

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They went down to the river  Found the riverbed dry Eden in the valley Where the hummingbird cried They went down to the shoreline In white rags and veils And drew out in the sand  A Lament for the trail Who will be damned Which of them will be saved One line for the weak One time for the brave  Who will be judged They do whatever they must All that remains is a  Cold fistful of dust  They went down to the valley Where the valley once laid  With reeds under the branches  Where the nightingales played They bowed down to the North Star As the last note was sung With the sins of the fathers Their whole world was down  Who will be damned Which of them will be saved One line for the weak One time for the brave  Who will be judged They do whatever they must All that remains is a  Cold fistful of dust Who will be damned Who will be saved Who will be damned Who will be saved Who will be damned Who will be saved Who will be damned Who will be saved Who will be damned Which of them will be saved One line for the weak One time for the brave  Who will be judged They do whatever they must All that remains is a  Cold fistful of dust

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The Damned and the Saved is a bonus track from the album Shapes of the Fall. Continuing with the album’s theme of salvation and despair within the context of the Earth’s catastrophic biodiversity collapse and climate disruption, Piers Faccini sings of the myriad plants and species, treasured habitats, wildernesses and ecosystems in peril; which one will be saved, which one will be damned, he asks. 

The Damned and the Saved doesn’t dwell on darkness, instead it calls us to the light, with musical inspiration taken from traditional Mediterranean and North African healing trance rhythms played on guembri and aouisha by the Algerian brothers, Karim and Makik Ziad as well as the percussive instruments, the kayamb and koulins, emblematic of trance music from the island of La Reunion, played by Oriane Lacaille who also lends her soulful voice to the rousing choruses. 

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released January 18, 2022

written and composed by Piers Faccini
(p) & (c) Beating Drum / No Format!

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Piers Faccini France

If my songs were maps I'd want them to stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean.

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