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No. 39: ‘Old Father Thames’ – Raymond Wallace (1933)

  • ‘Old Father Thames’ – Raymond Wallace (1933)

    A river runs through us

    The sheer size and sinisterly murky sheen of the Thames mean it doesn’t immediately bring the concept of stoicism to mind on first glance. But this trad jazz classic, borrowed heavily from ‘Old Man River’, portrays London’s watery artery in a way that seems recognisable in its citizenry, placid and perhaps hard to read on the surface, but deep and impassive beneath.

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