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Pop / Rock 19/12/2008

Bittersweet Immigrant Tale Inspires Bell X1's Paul Noonan To Write 'The Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella,' From New Album 'Blues Lights On The Runway'

New York, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Shore Fire Media) - A romantic tale from a Polish-American elder in a New York City bar inspired Bell X1's Paul Noonan to write "The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella," from 'Blue Lights On The Runway' (March 3 / Yep Roc).

Noonan explains, "I met an old man in a bar in New York who had come to America many years before from Poland to seek a better life. He knew that a girl from his hometown had also made the journey west, and they had planned to meet in New York City. Her name was Liza. He had hoped to make her his wife, but he couldn't get in touch with her, and still carried a photograph of her in his wallet. He had lived most of his life in New York, and never married, always holding a candle."

Over jerky, tense rhythms and wistful, overarching vintage synthesizers, Noonan sings:

"He wondered how close he'd ever been to her in this ebb and flow of the distance between us Maybe she got the same bus He left a trail of string wherever he went, when he was sleeping he tied it to his toe If she crossed it then he'd know But he knew that all was unraveling And he was bare, stripped of his skin Like the ribs of a broken umbrella Sticking out of a bin."

Streaming music from 'Blue Lights on the Runway' is available at the link below. Password is "Defector" (case sensitive).

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