The Brave (from "Remembering the Dead")

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From the album "How the Dead Live" - written in Karamea to follow the story of Susannah Hawes, one of New Zealand's first pioneers to arrive in the area. Karamea was an experimental settlement in an isolated part of New Zealand's west coast. Susannah arrived with her uhsband, Henry Hawes in 1874.
The song "The Brave" is sung from the perspective of Susannah, talking to History and how she constantly overlooks the quietly courageous in favor of the grand and the dramatic.

lyrics

There's a black dog from the Fenian Rd
He follows everywhere I ever go.
When the earth is bare and nothing grows
He is company and we, will turn the stones.

When the men are gone and the women speak
O her pretty eyes turn blind to me.
Though we mark the earth as we mark the time
Still she'll look at us, look at us as if we're nothing.

But maybe, we are the Brave.
Though I know she'll never say.
Maybe we are the Brave
but she'll leave here, all the same

Theres a dark man on Umere Rd
He speaks the native tongue none of us knows.
And of all her men, and all their deeds
She never speaks a word of his to me.

But maybe we are the Brave
Though I know she'll never say.
Maybe we are the Brave
She will leave here, all the same

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from Remembering the Dead (Audio Book), released February 15, 2014
all music written and performed by Jordan Reyne

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Described by New Zealand's National Radio as the pioneer of a new sound, Jordan's music is a blend of irish/ celtic rock, steam-era machine noise, and Grimms fairytale-eske lyrics. Imagine PJ Harvey trapped in the workhouses of Industrial Revolution era England, with only Nine Inch Nails for company. ... more

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