The Cranes Are Back

Album: A Kind Revolution (2017)
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  • On this gospel-tinged piano track Paul Weller draws a parallel between returning crane birds and the hopes for the future embodied by London's construction boom. The singer told Uncut magazine:

    "It's a reaction to how the world is. In some cultures, when cranes - the birds - are back, it's a sign of good fortune. But I was also thinking about the mechanical cranes, when you see them back in the city, it normally means industry and business is starting up again. It's a song of hope, really."
  • The "A Kind Revolution" album title comes from a line in this song. Weller explained to HMV.com: "I just thought it felt right for the record, I don't know that it's making any particular statement. It's certainly not a political statement of any kind at all, it's a record that's more about people and humanity."
  • This was Mojo magazine's Track of the Year for 2017.
  • Asked by The Guardian what he means by a "kind revolution," Weller replied:

    "The real revolution could only really come from within all of us. And that is to think outside of our egos and see that we're all part of one thing, of the earth, of the universe, and to submit our egos, to see that we're just part of this ongoing journey, really. That would be the greatest thing we could do towards a real revolution, to see outside of ourselves more."
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