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"The Chimney Sweeper"- William Blake

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Published on Jul 1, 2008

From "The Songs of Innocence".
Blake was known to have sung his "Songs...
and while reading the poem a few days ago, i suddenly
heard this arrangement. There are some changes,
for example, i've used "play" rather than "sport",
and "dreamed" rather than "had-such a sight". And for some reason i've changed Dacre to Darcy in this version. It seems Blake was referencing Lady Ann Dacre's Alms Houses in the Westminster of his Time (1).

Another change involves a shift in perspective where "us" is used in place of "them".

As i began singing the Song i was transformed from a reader to a Sweeper ....

The sound happened when i recorded the video
while playing the recorded song , and kept both
'tracks'.

1.Andrew Lincoln's footnote (p152) cites Stanley Gardner's "Blake" (London,1968).

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