(The guitar tab has full super-detailed performance notes to help you learn the song.)
This is the 2nd single from my new album, Secrets Nobody Keeps.
I wrote this piece for playing on tour in China earlier this year. I needed something to bridge the musical gap between what I do and what most people over there are more familiar with. And also I wanted to have something with some meaning, some relevant purpose. So this tune is about the Wukan Uprising of 2011.
Wukan is a village in rural China. The government seized some farmland, owned by local families, and sold it off to developers. The local people weren't too happy about that, so they held a peaceful sit-in protest. Sadly the government sent in the scary secret police guys, who arrested one of the protest leaders (a local craftsman and father), and he died the next day in police custody from "a heart attack".
His name was Xue Jinbo, and he died 2 years ago today.
After that the protests got more vigorous and the police were rounding people up off the streets at night. When I saw it on the TV news, they were interviewing this kid who'd been riding round the village at night on his little motorbike, looking out for secret police down back alleys. And if he saw one, he'd shout a warning to the other villagers through his megaphone, then speed off, with bullets whistling past his ears.
So this song is for that courageous kid, wherever he is.
This event was all over the news around the world, everywhere except China. So I told this story on stage every night on tour there. Which resulted in all manner of sh*t happening to me.
It's played on Wilma, my beloved Lowden O12C guitar, in A E C E G C tuning, using my custom super-heavy Newtone strings, with a Fishman Rare Earth Blend running through various Boss effects pedals and a Trace Acoustic TA200 amp.
The video was filmed by Owen Plummer and Danielle Millea and directed and edited by Owen Plummer. Audio mixed and produced by Whiskas, engineered and co-produced by Jon Gomm. Mastered by Tom "The Frequency" Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering.