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LISTEN: The Resonant Rogues, ‘Can’t Come In’

May 10, 2017

Artist: The Resonant Rogues
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Song: “Can’t Come In”
Album: Hands in the Dirt
Release Date: May 12, 2017

In Their Words: “This song is an attempt to transcend borders, to blur lines drawn between genres, geography, and genes. ‘Can’t Come In’ is a story about displacement, which is an unfortunately common experience throughout human history. The verses are a plea for refuge, and the chorus is a closed door. The final verse and chorus are exactly what the lyrics sound like — my hope for how we might treat each other.

We sent the song to our friends in Istanbul, who are in a multi-national band called Country for Syria. They learned the tune, and their guitarist, Bashar, wrote a new verse about his experience of losing and leaving his home in Syria. We loved it and asked him to record it on our album. We are all so fortunate that he agreed and was able to make it happen because it really makes the song. There is so much fear of the ‘other’ in this world. My deepest wish as a musician is to bridge some of those cultural gaps, so that we can find our common humanity.” — Sparrow


Photo credit: Michelle Nicolette Kowalski

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