Ode To Stepney

from CRUCIBLE by Drew Worthley

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I was born in Stepney. This beautiful and melancholic article got me to reflecting on its strange history;


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Dunstan and the Saints sanctify your name
Kentish Ragstone grey, guards your heart and marks your fame
Wellclose Square your thegn, Johnson’s Lock checks the pulse in your vein
Ossulstone a Hundred strong could not withstand (the pain)

But who cares for you now?
A blitzed and battered kingdom pining for redemption
Your scars could be beautiful
But when will that be? (Say the bells of Stepney)

Compulsory disdain wipes your Georgian slate
Tarnished jewels once great are swept away in brutal concrete wakes
Towers rise to reign, hamlets sprawl through your Victorian graves
Wilton’s Hall remains in grandeur bruised (and brave)

Here’s a candle now to lift your head
And a candle now to light you to bed


from CRUCIBLE, released September 24, 2015


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Crafter of a curious blend of cerebral indie-pop with a twist of lyrical Americana. Newly released sophomore record 'CRUCIBLE' has been acclaimed by Louder Than War as 'one of the albums of the year without doubt.' The 'blisfully atypical' collection of songs have been receiving regular airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC London and BBC Introducing, ... more

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