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Sample Audio Clips

This section contains short clips from some of the 30 or so albums recorded by the band. They are in MP3 format, and two versions of each clip are provided - a heavily compressed version (48Kbs) intended for modem users,and a less compressed version (128Kbs) intended for broadband users. They each last around 30 seconds, and the compressed ones should download in about 30 seconds over a modem link. If your browser is configured so that a new page is displayed to play the track, press the Back Button to return to this page.


Fields of Eden (2005)

Money bought the birth-right,
Money came to stay,
Stealing like a thief through the heartlands.
For a working farm is still and bare
And silent on the hill.
It's a house in the country for the broker

Fields of Eden is a major work by Chris Simpson that reflects on the gradual displacement of the traditional way of life enjoyed in the Yorkshire Dales some fifty years ago, by monied people moving in from outside the area.

This song is available on the Backroads album.

Fields of Eden - 514Kb MP3 file Fields of Eden - 193Kb MP3 file (33 seconds)

Album cover for 'Evergreen' (2000)

Airport Song (2000)

Airport Song is probably the best known of Magna Carta's songs, and exists in a number of different versions. Like all great songs, however, each version brings something new to the listener. This clip is taken from the Evergreen album, and features the vocals of Chris and Linda.

Airport Song - 545Kb MP3 file Airport Song - 205Kb MP3 file (34 seconds)

Only a Lonely Girl (2005)

Who wants to die in a foreign land
When war is over but the peace is damned?
Who picks up the pieces as best she can?
Only a lonely girl like me
Only a lonely girl like me.

Only a Lonely Girl was written by Linda in response to a newspaper item she saw about a girl who had lost her boyfriend in the Iraq war. It was first performed on the Fields of Eden tour, and has yet to appear on an album. Linda is accompanied by Matt Barnhoorn on the violin. This is heart music at its best.

Only a Lonely Girl - 524Kb MP3 file Only a Lonely Girl - 197Kb MP3 file (33 seconds)

Album cover for 'Heartlands' (1992)

Ticket to the Moon (2005)

Ticket to the Moon first appeared on Heartlands album, but this version was taken from In Tomorrow. It features Chris on guitar and Linda on vocals.

Ticket to the Moon - 557Kb MP3 file Ticket to the Moon - 209Kb MP3 file (35 seconds)

Album cover for 'In Tomorrow' (2005)

Perfect Lovers (2005)

This is an extract from Perfect Lovers, which first appeared on the Heartlands album, although this was taken from In Tomorrow. Perfect Lovers, written and sung by Linda, has the purity and pathos of a Celtic lament.

Perfect Lovers - 523Kb MP3 file Perfect Lovers - 197Kb MP3 file (33 seconds)

Album cover for 'Seasons in the Tide' (2001)

Here to Stay (over my shoulder) (2005)

This is an extract from Here to Stay, which first appeared on the Seasons in the Tide album. This version, however, comes from a live concert and demonstrates Linda Simpson's intimate and heart-wrenching vocals at their best. It is available on the double CD In Tomorrow.

Here to Stay - 530Kb MP3 file Here to Stay - 199Kb MP3 file (33 seconds)

Album cover for 'State of the Art' (1993)

For the Gypsy (1993)

This is an extract from For the Gypsy, which first appeared on the Heartlands album. This version comes off State of the Art. It is always a firm favourite with audiences.

For the Gypsy - 529Kb MP3 file For the Gypsy - 199Kb MP3 file (33 seconds)

Album cover for 'In Tomorrow' (2005)

Life in the Old Dog (2005)

This is an extract from Life in the Old Dog, from the In Tomorrow album. Written and sung by Chris, it echoes the experiences of all those of us who have been enveloped by middle age.

Life in the Old Dog - 538Kb MP3 file Life in the Old Dog - 202Kb MP3 file (34 seconds)

Album cover for 'A Touch of Class' (2002)

Only Road Home (2000)

This is an extract from Only Road Home, which appears on the A Touch of Class album. This is an exceptional song, with the poetry, the melody, Chris Simpson's virtuoso guitar playing and Linda Simpson's vocals all combining to produce a gut-wrenching performance which can reduce both the audience and Linda to tears.

Only Road Home - 475Kb MP3 file Only Road Home - 178Kb MP3 file (30 seconds)

Album cover for 'State of the Art' (1993)

Paradise Row (1993)

This is an extract from Paradise Row, which first appeared on the Heartlands album. This song is a depressing but all too recognizable portrait of a neglected and impoverished city street. This version comes off State of the Art.

Paradise Row - 492Kb MP3 file Paradise Row - 185Kb MP3 file (31 seconds)

Album cover for 'Lord of the Ages' (1973)

Lord of the Ages (1973)

This is a brief extract from the monumental title track of the Lord of the Ages album. It has been chosen to demonstrate Glen Stuart's remarkable vocal talents.

Lord of the Ages - 506Kb MP3 file Lord of the Ages - 190Kb MP3 file (32 seconds)