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The true story of a friend of a friend. Conditions were so bad for this family of Afghan refugees, that they decided the best future for their five year old daughter would be for her to walk to northern Europe – from Greece, accompanied only by a couple of teenage cousins. (Although unmentioned, there is a small hopefulness here – the children made it, and were granted asylum in Germany).

For J, who told it, and her friends, who lived it.


She walks across the mountains
Leaving footprints that get swept away
I cannot see her face, I do not know her name

The world has only made it's turn
Five times beneath her feet
They carry her when the miles are too long for the day

Could you tear the map apart?
Erase the borders where they start
These lines we draw in the sand
Are only made by human hands

Children of the shadows,
Of the borderlands
Their parents' sent them, because to hope was better than to stay


Five year olds they learn to read,
Five year olds learn wrong from right
Five year olds they sleep outside, and skip borders in the night

And it's only by some lucky chance
Some accident of birth
That I only know another side of this earth

Repeat verse 1.


from Edgelarks, released October 6, 2017


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Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Combining soulful original songwriting with deep folk roots and influences as diverse as Indian classical and American blues, this duo produce a sound like no other. ... more


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