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Fine Shields We Are

by The Dutch

The first single taken from the album 'Four', Fine Shields We Are is a song about the walls, barbed wire fences and trenches to keep out refugees. An indictment against intolerance, almost 30 years after the demolition of the Berlin Wall.
Genre: Pop: Britpop
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Fine Shields We Are is the first single to be taken from the album "Four" by The Dutch. It is a political song, an exclamation of outrage about the way people who have fled their homes from war and violence are being treated: instead of welcoming refugees and helping them to find shelter, we build high walls and fences to keep them out, fuelled by cowardly politicians. Hence the guitars sound heavy and sharp, and the banjo and marimba are there to create a desolate atmosphere. Nevertheless there is still hope we come to our senses: "It's cold outside / so come in and hide".

The Dutch is an Amsterdam based pop group. Founded in the eighties, the band released three albums (Working In Los Alamos, This Is Welfare and Under The Surface) and a couple of hit singles in the Netherlands, including This Is Welfare.
In 2015, the band reunited as the back catalogue albums were remastered and distributed online. We started writing and recording new songs. We, that is: Hans Croon (vocals and guitars), Bert Croon (keyboards and vocals), Jan de Kruijf (bass guitar and vocals) and Klaas Jonkmans (drums and vocals).

The music of The Dutch does not follow any formula. Writing the 14 songs on "Four", we did not feel any constraints in the way they should sound. Rather, we let each song organically define itself: some songs, like this single, called out for a marimba and a banjo, others needed a string quartet or a brass section, a vibraphone arrangement or a mandoline.
The same counts for the themes we write about: some lyrics are narrative, some personal and some, like Fine Shields We Are, political.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Sea winds shake the downs
Raging through guilty grounds
Those who have seen hell
Survivors, here to tell
They knock on our doors

They're gazing at our fences
And trenches
They’re stumbling ‘cross our minefields
Fine shields we are

Borderline patrols
Heading the exit polls
High walls stretched out
What’s that all about
People come on

They're gazing at our fences
And trenches
They’re stumbling ‘cross our minefields
Fine shields we are

It’s cold outside
So come in and hide

Behind our gloomy fences
And trenches
Our barriers and minefields
Fine shields we are

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