Simon Diamond

Album: the Coral (2002)
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Songfacts®:

  • An earlier version of this song featured on the band's 2001 limited edition EP as "The Ballad Of Simon Diamond."
  • Frontman James Skelly told the story of this song on his record label's website: "This is definitely in my top Coral tunes. In a way it's the ultimate Coral tune. It started out as a joke when we were kids, about this guy who worked in my mum and dad's pub, and musically it's kind of like the Beach Boys crossed with the Wicker Man, crossed with a bit of dub, kind of everything we were into. We recorded it in Pink studios in Liverpool at the same session as Shadows Fall. No one seemed to have that Edward Lear British thing going on, no one except us seemed to be doing it since Syd Barrett and The Beatles."

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