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Readers recommend: songs about islands – results


Sailing from the Hebrides to Hong Kong via the Pixies to Mendelssohn, RR’s old sea dog sonofwebcore picks a beautiful list of lands and soundscapes from last week’s topic

Why are some islands enchanted? Well, I reckon I know, but certain things are best kept secret until you know me better. The Pixies, however, progress through their own Isla de Encanta without much fuss. Mama Papa, however, was new to me. I played it to my missus, my brother, my daughter and my mate in Canada, but none guessed it was by Joan Armatrading. Actually, I wouldn’t have known either – though she was born on the island of St Kitts.

Blow me down. A Captain Beefheart song surfaces. Not entirely sure what he’s on about, to be honest, other than the Sheriff of Hong Kong, but hey, check out that guitar! One of my old mates, a top actor, found an old Harry Belafonte LP in a car boot sale. He taped me a copy, and I’ve loved it and Jamaica Farewell ever since. I mean, when your mammy approves …

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