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Pollyanna in Exile

by Left Field

Biding her time, honing her blade, bringing back the light one day. Inspired by the great tradition of Scottish and Irish exile songs.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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After migrating to New York City in my youth to seek my musical fortune, I co-founded Left Field, along with Liz Emmert, Bill Bly, and Deborah Griffin Bly. The four of us, often joined by Mark Dann, became known for our repertoire of obscure cover songs and original tunes covering a bewildering array of topics, delivered (in offbeat vocal arrangements with tight harmonies) with utter and happy disregard for stylistic consistency.

"Pollyanna in Exile" is from Left Field's studio album, "Extra Innings" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/leftfield), a collection of original songs. The chorus is a variation on the19th-century shape-note hymn "Holy Manna." The rhyme with Pollyanna suggested a lyric idea and the words came quickly, in one session (a true rarity in my experience). The lyrics owe something to the Scottish and Irish tradition of exile ballads.

Pollyanna's banishment from her native land is a metaphor for our own peevish discontent in the midst of abundance. There is a faint possibility though that she will eventually have the last word -- whether we like it or not.

“LEFT FIELD is quite possibly the best choice of a name for a band I’ve seen in ages . . . insane, but delightful.” —East Coast Rocker



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