Thistle (featuring Stu Hunter on accordion)

by Inga Liljestrom

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I wrote the lyrics when i was in Grenada, Spain. I went on a trip alone, and would walk the beautiful streets at night, with the dogs howling and people gathered near the river, drinking by candle light. I discovered the poetry of Federico García Lorca, and fell in love with his work. The song was then recorded and mixed in Sydney, Australia by Richard Belkner. The photo is of me when i was a young, dreamy kid...watermelon, nail polish, and ring.


this love
i am but one
of the many
who has dared
to love you most
you belong to no- one
you belong to the air
and you blow like thistles 'round my head

i gave you arrows again
to go hunting
more fool am i to pretend
to be this stone hearted woman

your hair is dark
with the hands
of all those that have loved you
i loved them all
with you
you come to me
on a night of storms
of rain and thorns
but i'm this girl of wood and stone
flowers and bones

i gave you arrows again
to go hunting
more fool am i to pretend
to be this stone hearted women

awkward beauty of it
you walk like a boy
unable to feel his own heart yet
so come now gather me
like gardenia
like broken things


released December 13, 2016
Inga - composition, lyric and vocal
Stu Hunter- interpretation on accordion



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Inga Liljeström London, UK

I am an Australian/Finnish composer, vocalist and performer. I've also begun to experiment with film, collage, music for installations and an iPhone app, and have recently collaborated with universities in Australia and Finland in music and performance art.

Currently based in the UK.

Banner photography by Sarah Delaney. Profile image painted by Esmeralda Raven Aponte
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