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Mansers Shaw

Manser’s Shaw

Song: Snowed Under
Lyrics: So I walk through Manser’s Shaw / I don’t see you anymore

Song: Somewhere Only We Know
Lyrics: I walked across an empty land / I knew the pathway like the back of my hand / I felt the earth beneath my feet/ Sat by the river and it made me complete


Mansers Shaw is largely believed to be the site referred to in Somewhere Only We Know.  A publicly owned wood, set back from the road, the most direct instructions to the location are:

• With the Abbey behind you, walk to the end of High Street

• Straight ahead at the roundabout onto North Trade Road

• Take your 1st left and walk to the end of Saxonwood Road

• At the end of the street you will see a footpath on the right, turn there and Manser’s Shaw is about 100m on the left


Inspired by a poem, “Snowed Under” was the only b-side played live during 2004, 2005 and early 2006, because of its appearance on the CD+DVD version of Hopes and Fears, as well as in the Japanese version of it. Like “Walnut Tree”, this song was mixed by Andy Green. “Snowed Under” also titles the band’s debut album, with the line “someone who understands your hopes and fears”.