Machine

by Emily Barker

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Machine 03:17 video
I made the world a place easier for me Money in my pockets over centuries I’m a celebrated sinner with statues in the park This world I made is harder the more your skin is dark I covered all my tracks in books on history Justified my actions through anthropology I chose what to remember and what we should forget I covered all my tracks in your blood and sweat This machine runs on its own – cut the brakes, grab the wheel This machine runs on its own Since 1865 everyone is free But I still get my labour complimentary Who is working in the prisons now? Look and you will see That in 1865 I disguised slavery This machine runs on its own – cut the brakes, grab the wheel This machine runs on its own – trip the wire, melt the steel This machine runs on its own But a crack has appeared, it keeps me up at night There are whispers, there are shouts and I fear the wolf will bite I’ve been a bully and a sinner now I’m on the way out For the world I made is harder the more your skin is dark This machine runs on its own – cut the brakes, grab the wheel This machine runs on its own – trip the wire, melt the steel This machine runs on its own – cut the brakes, grab the wheel This machine runs on its own
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There are two new versions of Machine here: one was made with Lukas Drinkwater at our studio in Stroud, where we experimented by creating alternative versions to all the songs on A Dark Murmuration of Word; the other is a solo version – just me clicking my fingers and singing the melody, much in the style of when it was written.

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released December 4, 2020

Machine is taken from the album A Dark Murmuration of Words

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Emily Barker UK

Emily Barker is the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop.

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