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Grandma's Goodbye

Grandma's Goodbye

  • By Thorne
  • Release 15/05/2007
  • Music Genre Electronic
  • Media Format CD
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Price: £7.18

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Grandma's Goodbye is the lead track from Thorne's 'The Contessa's Party', and probably the most popular. The chorus is based on an old Yorkshire circular folk rhyme that, as a three-year-old, Thorne learned from his grandmother in Rotherham: 'To go to work, to make some money, to buy some bread, to make us strong, to go to work.' The rest of the song is about the love of his grandparents for each other, against the backdrop of a society dependent on heavy industry (in this case, steel). Full lyrics at the bottom of this page. The original, nine minutes long, embodies Thorne's ideal of provoking dancing while keeping music moving so that you can also sit and listen to it. That means there's an awful lot of material available. Seemed the right thing to do was to make the most of it and delver a megamix: the opening two tracks, which flow together, last nearly 17 minutes. Thorne holds the world record for a megamix, over 24 minutes for the Communards' huge hit 'Don't Leave Me This Way', in 1986. That was a huge effort, he recalls, making him feel tired and want to go to bed when he heard it. Megamixes are rare because of this effort - double the length and you far more than double the work involved. Turned out quite nicely, though, after a couple of weeks, and almost made the 'Billboard' club charts, which would have been rather good for an indie release. As before, in the 'Dancing With B' release, star New York remixer Norty Cotto also contributes three cuts, slightly faster and stylistically completely different. The lyrics recall granddad's leaving in the dark first thing in the morning, for his shift at Jenkins' Boiler Works. Grandma says her goodbye: Dark now, maybe snow It's cold, keep your collar up - my love Kettle singing, boiler ringing In your ears, a daily due done Working, loving, living, giving Receiving, believing, dancing, surviving To go to work, to make some money, to buy some bread, to make us strong To go to work Cold breath, smoke hanging Warm work keeps us going - my love Children singing, school bell ringing In their ears, their daily due done Forgiving, surviving, conceiving, striving Dancing, singing, bodies swinging Sitting, standing, walking, flying Peeping, poking, prodding, prying Asking, thinking, loving, giving Eating, drinking, laughing, living To go to work, to make some money, to buy some bread, to make us strong To go to work Goodbye - my love Stay dry - my love And I - my love Will be waiting here Running time: 53 minutes. With 4-page full color booklet Much more detail at the Stereo Society website (see link at left)

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Artist: Thorne
Title: Grandma's Goodbye
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 15/05/2007
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 837101270113

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