truth is a story scribbled in chalk, just an hour before the flood
February 19, 2008 5:09 PM Subscribe
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Having worked as a philosophy teacher in a Scottish primary school and a domestic and child abuse worker with Scottish Women's Aid, perhaps it comes as little surprise that Karine Polwart
's music often dwells on the darker side of life.
After a stint in the long-running Battlefield Band and then as a member of Scot-folk group Malinky, Polwart is now a solo artist with three albums and four BBC Folk Awards to her name - and a penchant for writing songs which explore the more painful side of human experience. In this interview
for the BBC's Scotland's Music
series, she plays 'Fire Thief', a song which sets the words of a dying AIDS victim's mother to an old ballad form (zipped mp3 here)
. You Can't Weld A Body (mp3 again)
is a salute to the dockworkers of Scotland, and the terrible injuries they risked in building the ships which made them famous, while Azalea Flower (clip here)
is a chilling first-person narration of a suburban murder, and Waterlily
is a lament for a BBC journalist in Bosnia during the Balkan War, who fell in love with a Sarajevan woman and went back to Britain to obtain a visa for her - only to find on returning to Sarajevo that she had been shot and killed by Serbian troops. Here (1
) Karine discusses some of the songs on her second album Scribbled In Chalk, including 'Daisy', a cautionary tale warning children of the dangers of naïveté - and the lullaby 'Baleerie Baloo', which tells the story of Jane Haining
, a Scottish missionary to Hungary who was tried for espionage and sent to death at Auschwitz after being observed crying while sewing Stars of David onto the clothes of the orphans she taught.