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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Seasick Steve

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Ok, more discoveries for you and Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday:

The first time I heard of Seasick Steve was a few years ago when he dared to be the VIP on Top Gear’s reasonably priced car. Jeremy Clarkson apparently was a fan already and I just thought “interesting”.

In the first hours of 2017, I stumbled upon him again and again on Jools Hollands “Hootenanny”. There Seasick Steve was with a song (can’t remember which ~ sorry the black dog plays with my mind 😉 ) and a funnily dressed lady doing tap dancing.

A rather strange mixture in my opinion but it made me listen and I liked what I heard. So I thought I bring him to you via Helen’s “Song Lyric Sunday”

Video credit: Cardinal Sessions via YouTube

Lyrics thanks to A-Z Lyrics

“Gentle On My Mind”

It’s knowin’ that your door is always open
And your path’s free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin’ bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch

It’s knowin’ I’m not shackled by forgotten words or bonds
Some ink stains that have dried upon some lines
That keeps you on the backroads, by the rivers of my memories
Keeps you ever gentle on my mind

It’s not clingin’ to the rocks and ivy
Planted on the columns now that binds me
Or somethin’ that somebody said
‘Cause I thought we fit together walkin’

It’s knowin’ that your world will not be cursin’ or forgivin’
When I walk along some railroad track and find
It’s you wavin’ from the backroads by the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin’, ever gentle on my mind

Although the wheat fields and the clotheslines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us
Some other woman cryin’ to her mother
‘Cause she turned and I was gone

I still run in silence, tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I’m blind
But not to where I cannot see you walkin’ on the backroads
By the rivers flowin’ gentle on my mind

I’d dip my cup of soup back from them gurglin’
Cracklin’ cauldron in some trainyard
An’ my beard roughenin’ coal pile
Dirty hat pulled low cross my face

Through cupped hands and a round tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you’re wavin’ from the backroads, by the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin’, ever gentle on my mind

That you’re wavin’ from the backroads, by the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind
That you’re wavin’ from the backroads, by the rivers of my memory
For hours you’re just gentle on my mind

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

I need music!

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One song that always helps to raise my mood is “Feeling Good“. There are many great versions out there and tonight I share with you my most favorite. Yes, I know, I’ve done that before but well: You can never get enough of good and uplifting music 😉

Song Lyric Sunday ~ Rag'n Bone Man

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I have been out of Song Lyric Sunday for a while but today I just have to share with you my first music discovery in 2017.

We were watching Jools Hollands Hootenanny* as we were pretty tired of seeing the same fireworks early in the morning on January 1st, 2017. One of his guests was the above mentioned Rag’n Bone Man.

If you have a look at the video you can imagine what I thought when he went to the stage. None of us expected some deep soulful blues but rather a Hip Hop act. But man then he started singing and he blew me away.

Apparently, the young man does perform music for a few years but has brought out his debut hit single last year in July and it has been number one of the charts in countries like Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

His debut album will come out in March 2017 and I certainly will buy it. I have listened to a few more of his songs on YouTube and they are of similar intensity.

But I do not want to keep you longer from listening to the song and reading the lyrics. Enjoy!

*please don’t ask me what a “Hootenanny” is. I have no idea whatsoever. However, the one Jools Holland does is rather entertaining and certainly offers a vast variety of music!

Lyrics thanks to A-Z Lyrics

“Human”

(I’m only human
I’m only, I’m only
I’m only human, human)Maybe I’m foolish, maybe I’m blind
Thinking I can see through this and see what’s behind
Got no way to prove it so maybe I’m lied

But I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me
Don’t put your blame on me

Take a look in the mirror and what do you see
Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe

Cause I’m only human after all, you’re only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me
Don’t put your blame on me

Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me
Don’t put the blame on me

Don’t ask my opinion, don’t ask me to lie
Then beg for forgiveness for making you cry, making you cry

Cause I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me, don’t put the blame on me

Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me
Don’t put the blame on me
I’m only human I make mistakes
I’m only human that’s all it takes to put the blame on me
Don’t put the blame on me

‘Cause I’m no prophet or messiah
You should go looking somewhere higher

I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me, don’t put the blame on me
I’m only human I do what I can
I’m just a man, I do what I can
Don’t put the blame on me
Don’t put your blame on me

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

Song Lyric Sunday ~ Pentatonix ~ Little Drummer Boy

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I love this song and Pentatonix’s version always makes me cry. So with no further ado:

Lyrics via MetroLyrics

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

So to honor him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum pa rum

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Then he smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Rum pum pum pum

Read more: Pentatonix – Little Drummer Boy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

Song Lyric Sunday ~ Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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A few weeks ago I saw a little documentary where rapper Akala introduce us to a lady who has influenced Rock N’Roll immensely. Unfortunately, for the life of me, I can’t remember which program it was on. However, I got hooked on the lady, and so I thought I might as well tell a little about her on Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday.

You might not have heard of her because unlike Mahalia Jackson she is widely forgotten even though she had a huge influence on many musicians since. While Jackson was rather protectionistic about gospel traditions, Rosetta Tharpe allowed herself to express her creativity in all forms of music from gospel, blues, jazz, popular ballads, country, rhythm and blues to rock and roll.

From what I have read so far she was a rather flamboyant lady who was not only hugely talented with the guitar but didn’t care about the expectations society put on women and black women in particular from the 1930’s onwards. She just did her thing musically and personally.

Her career started in the 1930’s as a gospel singer in the Pentecostal Church. She was married to a preacher, but she left this unhappy marriage. It looks like she was not lucky with choosing her romantic partners both male and female even though some would say she defied social rule and just lived life to the max.

Musicians she has influenced with her cross over self-expression are named for example as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Red Foley, Etta James, Little Richard, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown and Isaac Hayes. She was very successful in the 1940’s and early 50’s  in the United States and played many famous venues like Cotton Club, Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater,  Café Society, and Carnegie Hall, but she was also seen in churches.

Her fellow Christians were not amused as she played secular songs too. Maybe her ability to cross musical and social lines was the reason that by the late 50’s her fame seemed to go down. She was discovered and loved though in Europe which showed for example in her concert at a railway station outside of Manchester in 1964 which was initiated by GranadaTV.

All articles I have seen so far say about her that she had an immense talent to communicate and connect with her audience and as her musical style defied categorisation her audience did too. It ranged from white working class men to black women going to church and everyone in between. It is a shame that she is largely forgotten today. She passed away in 1973 because of a stroke and is buried in an unmarked grave.

I leave you with this little glimpse into the life of a very talented woman and show you the performance of “Didn’t it rain” in Manchester in 1964.

Resources and further reading:

 

Lyrics by MusixMatch.com

Didn’t it rain, children
Talk ’bout rain, oh, my Lord
Didn’t it, didn’t it, didn’t it oh my Lord
Didn’t it rain?

Didn’t it rain, children
Talk ’bout rain, oh, my Lord
Didn’t it, didn’t it, didn’t it, oh my Lord
Didn’t it rain?

It rained 40 days, 40 nights without stopping
Noah was glad when the rain stopped dropping
Knock at the window, a knock at the door
Crying brother Noah can’t you take on more
Noah cried no, you’re full of sin
God got the key and you can’t get in

Just listen how it’s rainin’
Will you listen how it’s rainin’
Just listen, how it’s rainin’
All day, all night
All night, all day

Just listen how it’s rainin’
Just listen how it’s rainin’
Just listen how it’s rainin’

Some moaning, some groaning
Some groaning, some praying
Well, a whole
Didn’t it rain till dawn
Rain on my Lord

Didn’t it, didn’t it
Didn’t it, oh
Oh, my Lord
Didn’t it rain

Oh, God sent a raven to spread the news
To hoist his wings and away he flew
And to the north, and to the south
And to the east, and to the west
All day, all night, all night, all day

Well just listen how it’s rainin’
Well just listen how it’s rainin’
Oh, listen how it’s rainin’

Some prayin’, some cryin’
Some runnin’, some moanin’
Will you listen how it’s rainin’
Just listen how it’s rainin’
Just listen how it’s rainin’

Didn’t it rain, children
Rain on my Lord
Didn’t it, didn’t it, didn’t it, oh
Oh, my Lord, didn’t it rain
Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

Song Lyric Sunday ~ I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

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Christmas time can be so stressful and many people make it a terribly serious affair. So I thought it might be a good thing to bring some fun in here and what better event to use than Song Lyric Sunday :-). Have fun!!!!

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a Christmas novelty song written by John Rox (1902–1957)[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] and performed by Gayla Peevey (10 years old at the time) in 1953. The song peaked at number 24 on Billboard magazine’s pop chart in December 1953.[8]….”
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don’t want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won’t have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door,
that’s the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too

Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian.
(Short Music Interlude)
There’s lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I’d feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
I only like hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me too!

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

Song Lyric Sunday ~ Eliza Doolittle

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Just a short one today. A Song I listen to when I need cheering up. And I am a huge fan of “My Fair Lady” 😉

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Lyrics thanks to A-Z Lyrics

I get tired and upset
And I’m trying to care a little less
When I google I only get depressed
I was taught to dodge those issues
I was told

Don’t worry, cos no doubt
There’s always something to cry about
When you’re stuck in an angry crowd
They don’t think what they say
Before they open their mouth

You gotta
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say about me

Pack up your troubles, get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Hot topic
Maybe I should drop it
It’s a touchy subject
And I like to tiptoe ’round
The ship going down

We got pennies and no pounds
So if your business is running out
It’s not my business to talk about
They don’t think what they say
Before they open their mouth

You gotta
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say about me

Pack up your troubles, get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet

Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say about me

Pack up your troubles, get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Yeah, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh
Yeah, eh, eh, eh
Yeah, eh, eh, eh

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I might have shared it before. Well, maybe I pack up soon?????? 😉

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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sometimes….

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October 2016

When this post will be published it is much closer to Christmas. And as much as I like to complain about the shopping side of the season I do love Christmas Songs. And three years ago I stumbled over a great acapella group and their (not only Christmas) songs.

As for the story. It is still not finished but I found someone to do the cover art. Bonkers. I have to write it now :-).

December 2013

Sometimes you find a jewel on Youtube :-).

I just discovered Pentatonix on Youtube by accident really. I was looking for Christmas songs for a Christmas Song list to cheer me up. They do not only do Christmas songs but also songs by Lorde etc and I find them very inspiring. Good music for my writing.

I am trying out the Snowflake Method again and am working on my characters at the Zara story. You could read the first draft of my first chapters on this blog (Zara). I ground to a halt with the story sometime in autumn but I need to write this story no matter what. This dream has been too long a part of my life and I feel I have to finish this to be able to move on.

So now there is a portal that might bring wisdom and riches but the characters disagree about that. Zara will be in danger (of course) but I bet she’ll find her leadership role anyway.

This just to make you curious 🙂

Have a great day and week and keep on writing!

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Chris Malinchak

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I stumbled over this video by accident when I was looking through YouTube. It’s been a while since I’ve heard it but I thought it might be a good thing to cheer us up on a dreary Sunday. (Yes, I know not all my readers live on the Northern Hemisphere but a lot of them 🙂 ).

That video is so cute and the song so simple but lovely that it must give you a boost. And here it comes:

Lyrics thanks to A-Z Lyrics:
“So Good To Me”

You’ve been so good to me
Give you anything
You’ve been so good to me
Your love inside of me

Oh baby, you’re my consolation
Oh baby, there’s no hesitation
Oh baby, you’re my consolation
Oh baby, there’s no hesitation

Every sky would be blue
As long as you’re loving me
Loving me

You’ve been so good to me
Give you anything
You’ve been so good to me
Your love inside of me

Oh baby, you’re my consolation
Oh baby, there’s no hesitation

Every sky would be blue
As long as you’re loving me
Loving me

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This post takes part in Helen’s wonderful “Song Lyric Sunday”. I am a bit naughty and do not follow her prompts but I hope you like my contribution anyway. Here you can find her latest “Song Lyric Sunday” posts and other bloggers songs.

Here are Helen’s suggestions for taking part in Song Lyric Sunday:

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  1. Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  2. I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  3. Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  4. Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  5. Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  6. Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
  7. Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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