17 Hills

Album: A Map of the Floating City (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • Dolby included this track on his Amerikana EP, which was released to members of his fan club in June 2010. The EP has a bluegrass feel, and Dolby told us that it's "pretty much a love letter back to America. I really enjoyed the time that I spent living there. And during the time I was there I got very fond of American roots music. And so if you listen to the songs in that section, you'll hear elements of folk and country and even bluegrass music in there. But sung definitely in an English accent and with an English twist, sort of an ex-patriot British twist to it." (Read our full Thomas Dolby interview.)
  • Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits played guitar on this track, which Dolby says is "a song about a pair of hapless lovers and a jailbreak."

Comments: 1

  • Jim from Pleasant Hill, CaDecent sounding track with good atmosphere, though he repeats "17 hills" about 17 times too often.
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