Think of Our Man In The Field (Alexander Ellis) as an independent correspondent, with his works dispatches from his travels. One step over the other, the mind and restless heart, searches now and forever. And in this piano guided, gorgeously produced Americana in ‘Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)’, Alexander’s clarity and soulful understandings for what life is and could be, summon those urges of our best selves.
“I wrote it from the point of view of a person looking back at their life and recognising how time has changed them,” said Alexander. “At the beginning they are dictating a letter to someone. The words in the letter are the words of the chorus and the letter is to explain what the person is about to do. I wanted to leave that part open so the person could be leaving a job or a place or any situation and the listener can make it whatever they want.
Positivity talks volumes, when there seems to be nothing left to hold you up. So, you fight. Figuratively and literally – you fight.
Alexander added: “To me the person in the song has realised that there is still time left to change their circumstances and get back to who they used to be. I’ve known a lot of people who have followed the traditional path of school, university 9-5 job – but then realised that they spend most of their life doing something they don’t like and missed out on so much. Most people don’t want to take a risk and change their situation and for some it’s impossible not to once they realise.”
‘Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)’ is an honest examination of what you have and could lose. But it’s the phoenix rise-anthem, that examines what you could be, whenever and wherever you’d like to be.
In a way, Our Man In The Field, is the project that believes more in you, than you do so yourself, at the moment.
It’s time to reciprocate. Indeed.
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