The Blanket of Night

Album: The Take Off and Landing of Everything (2014)
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Songfacts®:

  • Elbow close their The Take Off and Landing of Everything album with this ballad about the major UK political parties' attitude to immigrants. Guy Garvey told Mojo magazine: "It's about a couple at sea, refugees escaping a bad situation. When even Labour is campaigning on immigration trying to make the country's ills the fault of such people... well, nothing's ever made me so angry. I wrote it in 20 minutes, which tells me it came from the gut."
  • The song depicts a refugee husband and wife in a boat at night on a rough sea. "That was to illustrate that, while both political parties are blaming the country's problems on immigrants, there are people who are dying to get into the country," Garvey told Uncut magazine. "It's so irresponsible to blame immigrants for our problems, those politicians should be ashamed of themselves."

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