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"It's one of my new ones. I was at Chetham's Library in Manchester last year, looking through the broadside ballad collections, and the thing about broadside ballads is that they don't have tunes, they're just words, so I wrote the tune. One of the brilliant things about the Chetham's experience was, finding things that really really leapt out, just, you know, I have never heard anything like that before ever. There were three ballads that I found, that I'm using in different projects. I was like, that's the most incredible thing I've ever seen, that's just brilliant. This one, The Sea, I haven't been able to find out an awful lot. Cos the thing about Broadside ballads is they're not always traditional. Broadside ballads are a bit like Take a Break or Chat, those magazines where someone might write a poem about their lovely cat, or 'My Beautiful Daughter…she's such an angel" or even "A friend of a friend of a friend gave birth to a three headed dog". Some of them will be bona fide trad and some of them will just be pieces of doggerel or whatever, something someone thought was funny to write. Funny or tragic. And you know, those kind of stories people love, and have always loved. Also I think that it's really easy for people to think that ordinary people don't read poetry, or they don't like high words, big drama and big tragedy, all of those things. And that's nonsense too. The idea that ordinary people are illiterate and uninterested in different stuff is just ridiculous. Uneducated doesn't have to mean stupid. Or unofficially educated doesn't mean that you don't educate yourself. This piece of poetry, I just think it's really lovely and it really sticks out for me, that's why I've chosen it."