From The South Bank To Soho

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    'This is a bittersweet folk-electric concept album, influenced by his time spent in London, and the songs range from the slow and personal From the South Bank to Soho, which features exquisite viola work from Sam Sweeney, to the remarkable Drop the Bomb, which starts as a gentle ballad backed by the piano of Neil Cowley (of Adele fame) and ends as a furious electric guitar workout.’ **** The Guardian

    '‘…like one of his heroes Richard Thompson, Carter has the ability to enthral with just one climactic chord when he moves effortlessly into rock guitar mode and the jagged contrast with his softer side makes it all the more effective' fRoots

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lyrics

From the south bank to soho we stride through the night
And the fire between us never burned so bright
I pass her my jacket as we sidestep and twist
Through the streets and the masses but there's a turn we’ve missed

'Cos she’s a dream and still so young
With a whole world to discover
And I've been holding on in this town too long
I have to let her go because I love her

I’ve never felt such passion, I’ve never known such grace
As when we’re arm in arm and face to face
She says ‘oh take me home’ but I feel unsure
I can't think of this city as home anymore

I need to leave and begin to grieve
To make a change while I recover
It’s this wanderlust that bonded us
I have to let her go because I love her

Underground we stand between two platforms again
She'll soon be heading south while mine’s the northbound train
But I can't let it lie and she's clinging on too
I mouth a last goodbye as she slips from view

And if in time somewhere down the line
We come to run into each other
And she wants to know why I let her go
I had to let her go because I love her

How could I mend her? I was a broken man
How could she piece me together with those unsteady hands?
How at its worst was it all for the best?
How could it be such a curse when I felt so blessed?

I won’t pretend we were a perfect blend
It would’ve died one way or the other
But I feel regret and I won’t forget
How I let her go because I love her

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from How The City Sings, released April 8, 2016
Sam Carter - Guitar, Vocals
Sam Sweeney - Viola

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‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Songlines

2010 BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award Winner

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