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♫ AWE Music pick: King Street ♫

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by Ties gijzel

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The Australian songwriter and musician Stu Larsen tells about his experiences with two completely different types of 'homelessness': the loneliness that comes with a homeless existence on the streets, and his life as a successful musician who travels the world with only his guitar, computer and camera.

 

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What do you generally try to achieve with

your songs?

 

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What is 'living simply' according to you?

 
 

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how long have you been travelling without a home?

 
 

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♫ He says ‘son, you know what the biggest killer in this
world is? It’s not money, not drugs, not guns.. he said it’s loneliness..And it’s killing me..♫
— Kings Street, Stu Larsen
 
 

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Do you still have something like an 'emotional home'?

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What inspired you to write the song King Street?

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Whose story do you tell in the song?

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♫ And I’ve only got one pair of shoes
But I’ve got more serenity
Than the rest of humanity
They’ve been tricked into waiting in queues ♫
— King Street, Stu Larsen
 

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Is your song intended to bridge the gap between this one man outside and general society, like the church? 

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How do you think we can help homeless individuals best?

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WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVIcE BE FOR US ABOUT LIFE IN A MATERIALISTIC SOCIETY?

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♫ You can listen to Stu's song below 

I'm wandering these city streets
There's nothing here for me
All I see is people running round
Buying shit they don't need
There's a man begging down on king street
And he grabs me by the wrist
He says 'son, you know what the biggest killer in this
World is?
It's not money, not drugs, not guns.. he said it's
Loneliness..
And it's killing me..
Oh this loneliness, it's bringing me down
And he'll sleep where the darkness falls
He won't get no curtain calls
And he's only got one pair of shoes
But he's got more serenity
Than the rest of humanity
They've been tricked into waiting in queues
And his father is dying
He's got something inside of him
It makes him feel more wrong than right
And his mother'd be lying
If she said she weren't crying
Herself to sleep every night..
He sees a woman waiting at the station steps
Her conversation fills the air
She's telling the world about the trouble she's seen
But no one can hear
He wanders in to a church with it's doors wide open
He's welcomed in with a half hearted smile
Some guy tells him he's found all the answers
To things like money and drugs and guns..
Old man says 'what about this loneliness?
Cos it's killing me..
Oh this loneliness, it's bringing me down..
I'll sleep where the darkness falls
I won't get no curtain calls
And i've only got one pair of shoes
But i've got more serenity
Than the rest of humanity
They've been tricked into waiting in queues
And my father is dying
He's got something inside of him
It makes him feel more wrong than right
And my mother'd be lying
If she said she weren't crying
Herself to sleep everynight..
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