(The Girl Who Couldn't Fly, 2005)
I came across this on a Word magazine compilation from 2005, although I didn't actually listen to it properly until about three years later. It probably came up when I was randomly playing tracks from my collection I hadn't listened to. Initially, the tune just captured me - simple, unadorned and direct, sung with purity and possessing a freshness because the lack of a fake American rawk accent.
After a few listens the fullness of the track sunk in. It's a goodbye song. The end of a relationship. "We were drifting, year after year", she sings. "When we tried our best to fly, my dear ... let me go, now - let me go." The straightforward melody just highlights the sadness of the situation. The accompaniment is sparse - a couple of acoustic guitars.
Kate is joined on vocals by Roddy Woomble of Idlewild, who also sings on a couple of the other tracks on the album. I did buy the album but I'm ashamed to say I haven't listened to it as much as I should. However, it does have Little Jack Frost, which I was pleasantly surprised to hear over the credits of a BBC children's animation during Christmas.
The track isn't available on Spotify but it is on Youtube.
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