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She Walks Through the Rain

from Giving Up the Ghosts by Ribbon Road

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    A 25 minute piece based on work into social haunting
    Songs by Brenda Heslop, Films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road

    This song/image piece has been produced as part of a research project called ‘Song Lines to Impact and Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through Working with Social Haunting’ - made possible by Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities funding. The project has been led by Dr Geoff Bright of the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-produced by a team of artists, academics and community partners including Unite Community and the Co-operative College. Working in community Ghost Labs in Staffordshire and across the north of England, it has used the idea of a ‘social haunting’ and a range of arts methods to inquire into how difficult feelings, carried into community life from contested pasts, can be harnessed as energies for benevolent and productive change.

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At the Rochdale Pioneers Museum we met a group of women orginally from from Pakistan who are studying a course with the WEA.



Intro - C Am7 Dm G 2

She walks through the rain in Rochdale
Like a queen in a foreign land
Dm C
With beautiful skin of caramel cream
She’s taking her children’s hands
She’s calling this place her home town
Her mother’s across the sea
Dm C
She keeps to him only, she’s married and lonely
She’s a lot like me

She lives in the streets of Rochdale
Sometimes you can see the hills
In the rain they’re all shining like her silver lining
She covers her head and the pain
She moves with her friends through this town
Like everyone has to do
She tries for the future and fights the computer
She’s a lot like you

There’s the best fish and chip shop called Habi’s
There are books and the radio plays
It’s not easy, but she seems to manage
She learns English and keeps to the faith

Down by the canal in Rochdale
Past the railway and under the trees
She walks in the sun when the wok is all done
‘cos everyone needs to dream
She’s longing for peace and plenty
With argument far away
That time couldn’t hold her
She could cry on his shoulder
It’s a brand new day

She walks through the rain in Rochdale


from Giving Up the Ghosts, released October 14, 2017
Words and Music - Brenda Heslop
2017 (Ribbon Road Music)

Vocals - Brenda Heslop
Vocals, accordion - Jill Heslop
Bass, melodica - Geoff Heslop

Arranged and Recorded at Shipyard Studios by Geoff Heslop


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For over 30 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
Geoff and Brenda now release material under the name Frank and Rose and have a separate Bandcamp page
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