Leaves Of Golden Brown

Album: Division Street (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Harper Simon's Division Street album was recorded with a small circle of guest musicians including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, and Feist's musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths. "I'm very lucky," said Simon. "Everybody that we asked to come and guest on the record showed up."
  • Simon told the story of this song to Artist Direct: "There was something about the drum patter that Pete Thomas came up with," he said. "We worked out the arrangements and the album together. We rehearsed before we went in."

    "There was a power to the rhythm of that track," Simon added. "It's rolling and done with mallets. It had a feeling of movement. It suggested traveling. There's a car trip in there. There's a lot of movement and change. It's a rather personal story of heartbreak set to a travelogue."

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