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Luck Is Cruelty On The Wind (alternative version)

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An alternative version of a song that appears in it's original, 9 minute version on the album 'Work With This' out 07.05.21.

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LUCK IS CRUELTY ON THE WIND

THERE IS A HOUSE IN A NORTHERN STATE
AND I LIVED THERE ONCE FOR A HANDFUL OF DAYS
NOW THE OWNERS ARE ALL GONE
THERE’S NO WORK FOR ANYONE AND THE WINTER IS SO LONG

WE ONLY LOSE WHAT WE CANNOT USE
AND THE MONEY WON’T FIND IT’S OWN WAY HOME
AND WAS THERE EVER A BETTER PLAN
TAKE USELESS OR NOTHING THE CHOICE WE’VE HAD

FORTUNE FALLS AND CLIMBS AGAIN
FORTUNE FALLS YES AND WHEN
LUCK IS CRUELTY ON THE WIND
THE FINE WEATHER COMES AND BRINGS IT IN

SHE SENT A LETTER AND IT FOUND IT’S WAY
I WAS DEEP IN THE SOUTH WITHOUT A PLACE
WHEN THE WORD CAME THERE’S A JOB UP HERE
COME QUICK IF YOU CAN COME AT ALL

SO I LEFT AT SIX O CLOCK
WITH A NORTHBOUND BOAT FROM THE SOUTHAMPTON DOCK
THERE WAS A TRAIN BUT IT COST THE EARTH
AND I ONLY HAD TIME AND SO I SPENT IT AT SEA

FORTUNE FALLS AND CLIMBS AGAIN
FORTUNE FALLS YES AND WHEN
LUCK IS CRUELTY ON THE WIND
THE FINE WEATHER COMES AND BRINGS IT IN

AND WHEN THE COAST FINALLY SHOWED ITS FACE
WITH A CROOKED YELLOW SMILE BUT A WELCOMING PLACE
WELL I TRY TO BE HAPPY TOO
BUT IT’S TAKEN SO LONG TO GET HALFWAY TO YOU

I AM FORGOTTEN
I’M A GHOST ON THE ISLAND SIX SHEETS TO THE WIND
AND I WALK LIKE I’M STILL AT SEA
FOR SEVEN DAYS STRAIGHT I’M WEAK AT THE KNEES

FORTUNE FALLS AND CLIMBS AGAIN
FORTUNE FALLS YES AND WHEN
LUCK IS CRUELTY ON THE WIND
THE FINE WEATHER COMES AND BRINGS IT IN

I’M DISTRACTED TO DISARRAY
STILL MILES SOUTH STILL MILES AWAY
BURY MY SHOES HERE
FOLLOW WITH FEET LEGS AND THE REST

EVER GOT LOST EVER BEEN FOUND
EVER SPENT THE WINTER HOMEWARD BOUND
I AM WEARY FROM WATER THE DIRGE OF THE DEEP
AND I FEAR THAT THE GIRL SHE GOT THE BEST OF ME

FORTUNE FALLS AND CLIMBS AGAIN
FORTUNE FALLS YES AND WHEN
LUCK IS CRUELTY ON THE WIND
THE FINE WEATHER COMES AND BRINGS IT IN

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released June 18, 2021
Written and recorded by Stephen Burch during Spring 2021 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Video features footage from WW2 US Navy instructional films.

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Stephen Burch. Problem folk, songs with words.

"Ein Singer-Songwriter ist immer auch Poet. Und Burch ist ein ganz besonderer." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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