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From the forthcoming Marketstall Records compilation album "Music For Dogs".

The story: when I was little we had a cocker spaniel called Brandy. One snowy winter night we took him out for a walk and we let him off his lead to have a run around in the field at the top of our council estate. There was a deep hole that had been covered over by the snow and Brandy fell into it, disappearing from sight. I was only small and my arms were too short to reach him at the bottom of the hole so I couldn't pull him out, but my dad's arms were long enough to reach in and pull Brandy out by his collar.
So there's a happy ending, but the song is tinged with the sadness and fear of that first realisation of your limitations as a child, and the implications of those limitations when faced with a world that's bigger than you can deal with on your own.

This song was the first time I'd written and recorded a stylophone part for a song. Weird little instrument.

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The night was orange and white and black
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again

I was a boy and he was a man
There's something to be said for the height that you stand
And the length of your arm and the strength of your hand

When you fell in the hole he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again
You fell in the hole - he pulled you back out again

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released December 23, 2012

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The March Afternoons London, UK

The March Afternoons is the solo play-thing of Mark from Ghost Carriage Phantoms / GCP. It serves no purpose other than to allow him to experiment with new things in simple forms which he can then bring to his production work on other records, and to have some fun playing, writing and recording some songs. The aim is to do at least one new thing on every recording that he's never done before. ... more

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