‘Lady Boston’ – Damon Albarn’s song recorded at Penrhyn Castle in Bangor for the new album Merrie Land by ‘Supergroup’ The Good, The Bad and The Queen has been officially released.

The album was sparked by the June 2016 EU referendum and ‘Lady Boston’, which sits at the midpoint of ‘Merrie Land’ concludes with the refrain of “Dwi wrth dy gefn”, Welsh for ‘I’ve got your back’, sung by Côr y Penrhyn male voice choir from Bethesda.

This is only the second album from the group, formed by Albarn, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve) and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.

Albarn describes Penrhyn Castle as “very Victorian and very Gothic”.

He explains: “It’s massive, built in Welsh granite, and approaching the size of a small Windsor Castle.

“It used to be inhabited for around six weeks a year as a hunting party pad built entirely with money from Jamaica and the slave pits of North Wales.”

Nowadays, of course, Penrhyn Castle is a National Trust property with a painting collection, restored kitchens set in magnificent grounds with an industrial railway museum.

The experience of recording a song with the stirring male voices of Côr y Penrhyn changed Albarn’s opinion of the Welsh, in a good way. “I used to feel intimidated by them. I felt they didn’t want to know me,” he said.

“I had Welsh friends all along but I suppose I didn’t spend much time in Wales. Now I think they’re the loveliest people on Earth. There is something beautiful about them.”

Albarn was inspired to write the song after visiting Penrhyn and noticed Lady Boston in one of the portraits adorning the castle walls.

“There was a face which looked slightly detached,” he says. “I was really drawn to her. The colour of her skin was subtly different. Maybe she came from the colonies and I’d like to know who she was.”

Lady Boston – features on the new album ‘Merrie Land’ by The Good, The Bad & The Queen – out now: http://ada.lnk.to/merrieland

LADY BOSTON (LYRICS):

Cut to the seagull
The quarryman
The castle
The barnacles
The cliff edge
The joy

Up in the tower that looks out to sea
The pink dressing room bell
Of the lady is ringing
She looks from the shadows
Out through the stained colours of old glass
The sorrows of slate and sugar cane are hers

And where does she go now
And where does it seem to be free
And where does she go now
And where will she carry me

If this is the end
The line in the sand
The blue dressing room bell
Is ringing the lord
He wishes the head of the whale

Who lived under the ice
Until shipping lanes sliced
Open the North Pole
Leaving a great hole

And where do I go now
And where does it seem to be free
Where do I go now
Where will you carry me

If I’m on the back
I’m on the back
I’m on the back of you

I’m on the back
I’m on the back
I’m on the back of you

I’m on the back
I’m on the back of you

I’m on the back
I’m on the back
I’m on the back of you

I want to be light now

I’m on the back of you

Dwi wrth dy gefn, dwi wth dy gefen di
Dwi wrth dy gefn, dwi wth dy gefen di
Dwi wrth dy gefn, dwi wth dy gefen di