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I sang this song live as a solo acoustic number for several years but couldn't come up with an arrangement for a band recording.
In the summer of 2006 I heard Ida Nilsen's version of Fisherman's Blues, performed by her Vancouver-based band Great Aunt Ida on their album Our Fall. I loved what they did with it so I contacted Ida and sent her a live recording of Sustain.
She rearranged it, wrote a middle instrumental and sent me back this exquisite demo.
For the Waterboys' album Book Of Lightning I recorded the song in Vancouver backed by Great Aunt Ida, with Ida leading the band on piano. Steve Wickham and Roddy Lorimer were overdubbed later.
You can find GAA here: http://www.myspace.com/greatauntida