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Riff: Mavis Staples – “Far Celestial Shore”

Jun 25, 2013

There’s a choir and congregation/Oooh how sweet the sound/But laughter too is everywhere

from Far Celestial Shore lyrics by Mavis Staples

Penned by pub-rock veteran Nick Lowe, the album’s most optimistic spiritual number sees Staples envisage the kind of utopia she can look forward to when she shuffles off this mortal coil where the sound of laughter reigns supreme and hate, poverty and war are alien concepts; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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