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Album: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (2000)
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Songfacts®:

  • This ballad is the opening track from the Scottish Indie Pop band Belle and Sebastian's album, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant. Despite its title, the tune is not a protest song. Frontman Stuart Murdoch explained in an interview with Uncut magazine that it, "was a personal song inspired by the atmosphere of the short story, For Esmé – with Love and Squalor by JD Salinger."

    Not surprising that a Belle and Sebastian song was influenced by a book: they are named after the children's book Belle et Sébastien by French author Cécile Aubry.
  • The twin sisters pictured on the album cover are Gyða and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir - both former members of the Icelandic experimental group múm.

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