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The great China Bike Ride

Raymond McCullough [ FREE full-length MP3 track ]

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  1. Ballad of Beijing (radio mix)
    the story of a charity cycle ride in China
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  2. Smoke Goes Up
    - a slow Irish ballad/lament
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  3. 1989
    - the fall of the Berlin wall and
    the epic events of autumn 1989
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  4. Wake Up, You Sleeper
    - a deeply personal song
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  5. Ballad of Beijing
    (full 11-verse mix)
    the full story of a charity cycle ride in China
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  6. Ar tir seo aguinne (Our Land)
    (radio mix - instrumental)
    a reel, an Irish lament, then a rocky reel again MP3 Hi-fi MP3 Lo-fi
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The second MenCap ‘China Bike Ride’ took place in Beijing province in October 1999 - the same month that China was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

82 of us took part, covering 444 km in 5 days - with very little sleep on the way! Amazingly, I managed not only to keep up, but even to catch up with the fittest cyclists by mid week.

They said just because I'd gone to China, not to make a song about it - but having brought my guitar with me meant I became sort of official entertainer for the week, and as events unfolded, so ‘Ballad of Beijing’ came to be written.

The album was originally recorded to raise funds for MenCap.

Raymond

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