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Nostalgia - Wallander Theme

by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

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    This is the original version of Nostalgia from the album Despite The Snow, written by Emily Barker and performed with her band The Red Clay Halo.

    Nostalgia was later adapted and re-recorded by Emily with composer Marin Phipps for use as the theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.
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'Nostalgia' is the opening track from the acclaimed album Despite The Snow and was adapted for Wallander by Emily and composer Martin Phipps. The music they collectively produced for this TV drama has won both a Bafta and a Royal Television Society award for best original theme.



Tram wires cross Melbourne skies
Cut my red heart in two
My knuckles bleed down Johnston street
On a door that shouldn’t be in front of me

Twelve thousand miles away from your smile
I’m twelve thousand miles away from me
Standing on the corner of Brunswick
Got the rain coming down and mascara on my cheek

Oh whisper me words in the shape of a bay
Shelter my love from the wind and the rain

Crow fly be my alibi
And return this fable on your wing
Take it far away to where gypsies play
Beneath metal stars by the bridge

Oh write me a beacon so I know the way
Guide my love through night and through day

Only the sunset knows my blind desire for the fleeting
Only the moon understands the beauty of love
When held by a hand like the aura of nostalgia


released January 2, 2010


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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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