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about

The seed of this song came from an encounter I had with a disabled homeless man on Upper Street in Islington - after a friend's birthday party. I didn't take much notice of him at first, but for some reason I decided to follow him and then had a conversation with him in a square somewhere in the area. He was from Afghanistan and his leg was blown off by a mine. Suddenly my whole perspective shifted. I guess this song is about being kind and looking after each other and trying not to be judgemental.
It is also about people, whom due to circumstances beyond their control (ie poverty, emotional difficulties), don't have the opportunity to nurture the talents, skills and gifts they might have. The second verse is taken almost verbatim from a Victorian newspaper article which describes an art/craft exhibition for working class men in the local Royal Agricultural Hall - people whom ordinarily would not have the chance to display their work.

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I saw a man with one leg, his clothes worn and thin,
I looked away, did not know what to say - the wind blew on our heads.
I followed him to a square off of Upper Street and asked him, 'How could this be?'
'A man existing outside in the dark... where are you from?'
He said, 'Afghanistan'.

Everybody's gotta love each other, we're all like sisters and brothers,
Even the strange ones, even the old ones,
Everybody's gotta love each other, encourage the gifts of one another,
Even the lonely, even the sad - oh yeah!

I'm in a hall... high ceilinged hall - air thick with noise... but light.
Photographs and a model of Shakespeare's house cover the iron-clad walls.
'Workmen have imaginations and fancies like other men, and here they show...
How they indulge the bent of their own inclinations'.
That's what the newspaper said.

Everybody's gotta love each other, we're all like sisters and brothers,
Even the strange ones, even the old ones,
Everybody's gotta love each other, encourage the gifts of one another,
Even the lonely, even the sad - oh yeah!

Stop now, step back!
This song is for people whose gifts have not been realised.
Those people who never had the chance to be themselves.
But there's a golden future.

Everybody's gotta love each other, just like sisters and brothers,
Even the strange ones, even the old ones,
Everybody's gotta love each other, encourage the gifts of one another,
Even the lonely, even the sad - oh yeah!

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from Victoria, released April 10, 2015

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The Royal Vincident London, UK

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formerly of London based alt rock band My Octopus George. Victoria is his first solo album. His musical style is quirky, but melodic. Influences include: Cardiacs, David Bowie, The Beatles, Nirvana, Elliott Smith and a lot of classical composers. ... more

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