A Place Called England
Place called England, a
I rode out on a bright May morning like a hero in a song
About the Song
Holland 1st recorded this song on her 1999 album "Getting There" & re-recorded it on her retrospective album "Bones". The 3rd recording below is a live performance at Folk in 't Stsd club in Antwerp, Belgium in 2012.
The line in the last verse "A Mr Harding sort of England hanging in there by a thread" is a reference to her own 1992 song "A Proper Sort of Gardener". "A Place Called England" echoes some of the themes of her earlier song about the fertile, living English earth being covered over by concrete, motorways, and greed.