Checkered Land

from by The Speed Of Sound

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    Limited edition, signed and numbered first pressing, heavy 170g vinyl LP with glass pressed double CD set
    Plus - a 297x297mm insert poster, a double-sided A4 poster and a full colour inner sleeve with the lyrics to all twenty songs.
    LP run time 34’:04” total CD run time including bonus songs 76’:46”

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Checkered Land
Alice Through The Looking Glass – and John Tenniel’s illustrations - inspired this. It was a great pleasure to play this in an authentic Victorian drawing room with a huge fireplace (but no mirror above it to climb through) during our acoustic gig at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House earlier this year. Written in 1987 and 1st recorded two months later in Pink studios Liverpool, which predates the first EP version by two years. There is also a 2014 recording and video as well as a 2013 live version and an acoustic radio session version. The drums for this version were recorded during the Everything Changes sessions, in a one off date at Riverside along with the guitar guide tracks and then everything else was added at Bryn Elwy

The bonus tracks:
Evolution and change is an important aspect of The Speed Of Sound, from the beginning the plan was for the bonus disc to reflect the way a selection of the songs from the back catalogue on the current live-list were currently being played

lyrics

Checkered Land:

Step through the mirror in your living room
And enter the gardens that you'll never leave
those rooted voices are calling your name
Will you ever see your little Dinah again
Will you ever come to understand
You've cried those tears before but they're made of sand
Now you see in red and white
You shall be queen before the fall of night

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there

You hear of a man who is in the cells
You will find out you have met him before
He's guilty now but he has done no wrong
You could join him there before too long
You could be the one who is judging him
What is this place that you are in
And where's the queen has she changed to you?
Don't you think you'll be changing too?

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there

From the narrow wall things are explained
Now its your move so its off to war
The feuding mascots drum you away
Like the leaders of the day
You were taken prisoner on your way
The white night came and rode away
You take the queen, you shake and shake
She purrs so loud until you awake

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there
As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there

credits

from Everything Changes, released December 6, 2016

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The Speed Of Sound UK

"atmospheric alternative rock".
John Armstrong guitar/vocals, AnnMarie Crowley - vocals/percussion, Kevin Roache bass & Paul Worthington drums, based in Manchester UK. Unfettered, unchained & independent since 1989.
They frequently play live in Manchester and elsewhere.
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