Stripped to the waist
We fall into the river
Cover your eyes, so you don't know the secret
I've been trying to hide
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Village of Lyonshall
Lyonshall is a historic village in Herefordshire, England, less than 10 miles from the Welsh border. According to a census in 2001, a mere 750 people lived in 280 households dotted around the parish. This agricultural community developed in the 11th Century around the Devereaux family castle. Construction on the castle began in 1090 and became an important manor for the trusted nobles appointed by the king to guard the borders, otherwise known as Marcher lords. Built in a strategic military position, the castle attracted many occupants serving in the Royal Courts. Many of these occupants were eminent figures such as barons and earls, some famous for their service to the crown, others infamous for their rebellion. Today the castle is a privately owned picturesque ruin covering three acres, only scattered stones and a bit of a moat remain. It sees relatively few visitors despite its historical significance.
Modern day Lyonshall remains true to its roots with a predominantly agricultural economy. There are six substantial farms in the parish including poultry, blackcurrants, potatoes, other livestock and arable crops. The other significant business in Lyonshall is the Lynhales Nursing Home, which employs almost 100 people to care for the elderly in a historic manor house. Lyonshall may be renowned for its rebellious lords, but a famous individual, more familiar to most than Marcher Baron Roger de Lacy or 1st Baron Bartholomew de Badlesmere, is Ellie Goulding, pop princess.
Ellie Goulding grew up in Lyonshall and became a household name in the UK after her debut album Lights
released in 2010. Goulding followed up this album's commercial success with the critically acclaimed Halcyon
released October 2012. Of the album's five single releases, "Anything Could Happen" is perhaps the most personal. "I suppose it's one of those songs where I sort of talk about bits of my childhood, but also about my friendship with this person," said Goulding.
"Anything Could Happen" debuted at #5 on the UK Singles Chart, selling almost 50,000 copies in its first week alone. Across the Atlantic "Anything Could Happen" reached #47. The song gained even greater popularity after being used in the trailer for the HBO series Girls
, as well as being featured on The X Factor
and the hit TV series Glee
. It was also covered by Irish rockers The Script and the American indie band, Fun.
"I suppose it's a song of realization," said Goulding. Considering the video portrays its star couple in a car crash at the end - something nobody can ever see coming - she explained, "I'm hoping it will make people go out and propose to their girlfriends or go on that holiday they never ended up doing," instead of waiting until it's too late. "I hope it will provoke positivity."
And perhaps it's this upbeat sentiment of the song that makes it so appealing to listeners across the globe. While "Anything Could Happen" may not be the sort of song to solidify Goulding's place in the Hall of Pop Fame, it certainly is indicative of her great talent, which had only just begun to emerge.
~ Suzanne van Rooyen
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