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P. Hammill + P. Gabriel + D. Bowie

¤  Peter Hammill  ⇓


•  The birds  ↑

Spring came far too early this year:
May flowers blooming in February.
Should I be sad for the month, or glad for the sky?
The birds don’t know which way to sing
and, my friend, neither do I.
 
Two days ago, a girl I truly thought I loved
suddenly didn’t seem to matter at all.
Should I sing sad farewells to things I’m really glad I’ve left behind?
The birds don’t know which way to sing
and, my friend, neither do I.
 
In another day, heavy snow will lie upon the ground
and buds prematurely bloomed shall fail;
and every creature living now, then will surely die…
The birds don’t know which way to sing
and, my friend, neither do I.
The birds don’t know if it’s time yet to fly;
they don’t know which way to go
and, my friend, neither do I.

•→‘Just good friends’←  /  •→ ‘Ophelia’ ← /  •→ ‘Man-Erg’ ⇔ [lyrics]

◊  ‘A Better Time’  ↓  (Acapella)

As surely as the countdown begins
Our time is not our own;
Already there’s the breath of the wind
Which bleaches bare the bones
Of the deadlines we set, of the jokes we don’t get
And forgetfulness that furrows the brow…
No, I’ll never find a better time
To be alive than now.

So I wake up, to remainder the dream
Of personality and posture and face
For nothing can remain as it seems
In some perfect state of pure grace…
All we prize and protect only cause and effect
But I suspect the furrow may be guiding the plough
And I’ll never find a better time
To be alive than now…

No better, no worse, much the same,
We wait on the why and the when;
No question but we’ll go as we came
With no shift in the shape of the zen
And it is as it is and we take as we find
Always next season’s buds on the bough…
But I’ll never find a better time,
Hard though it is to allow.
I’ll never find a better time
To be alive than now.

This is the life and we’ve only time
To be alive right now.

∇  Peter Hammill on Spanish TV  ⇓ [2002]

1_ ‘A better time’   /  2_ ‘Bubble‘ ⇐  /  3_ ‘Wendy & the lost boy‘ ⇐

4→ ‘I will find you’

  • Trapped like a rabbit by the future glare,
  • onrushing headlights that blind you,
  • a frightened runaway, at least you know I care,
  • I will seek, I will search, I will find you.
  • We are written in the star-crossed sky,
  • the spirit music reminds you…
  • you can run and hide, but surely by and by
  • I will seek, I will search, I will find you.
  • Far away, in another life
  • you say you’re going to find your freedom…
  • don’t run away to another life.
  • Don’t be afraid, there’s no dark unknown,
  • no shadow stalking behind you…
  • Don’t be afraid, when you’re lost and most alone
  • I will seek, I will search, I will find you.
  • Far away, in another life
  • things might not be so very different…
  • don’t run away to another life.
  • Trapped like a rabbit by the future glare,
  • onrushing headlights that blind you,
  • a frightened runaway, at least you know I care,
  • I will seek, I will search, I will find you.

5_ ‘Patient’ 

•→Frankfurt_1992‘I will find you»…

♦   Van Der Graaf Generator   ⇓   ‘Refugees’   [1970]

«…We’re refugees, walking away from the life we’ve known and loved…
nothing to do nor say, nowhere to stay; now we are alone.
We’re refugees, carrying all we own in brown bags, tied up with string…
nothing to think, it doesn’t mean a thing, but we’ll be happy on our own…»

♦  Van Der Graaf Generator  ↓  Pawn Hearts (1971)

1. Lemmings (including COG)
2. Man-Erg
3. A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers
   a. Eyewitness
   b. Pictures/Lighthouse
   c. Eyewitness
   d. S.H.M.
   e. Presence of the Night
   f. Kosmos Tours
   g. (Custard’s) Last Stand
   h. The Clot Thickens
   i. Land’s End (Sineline)
   j. We Go Now

¤  Growing Up Live  ↓  [2003]

P_gabriel

A concert film by Hamish Hamilton & Peter Gabriel.  ⇓  Highlights  ·  ·  ·

•  «Here Comes the Flood»  ↓

When the night shows  the signals grow on radios
All the strange things – They come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
Still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction we cannot  even choose a side.

I took the old track  –  The hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs  –  They were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
And as the nail sunk in the cloud, the rain
Was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We will say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent in any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn,
they’ll use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We will say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent in any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

•→«Red Rain» ⇔ [lyrics]

•  «Mercy Street»  ↓  [for anne sext]

looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid – are the dreams all made real

all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream in somebody’s head

she pictures the broken glass, she pictures the steam
she pictures a soul with no leak at the seam

let’s take the boat out – wait until darkness
let’s take the boat out – wait until darkness comes

nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey
nowhere in the suburbs in the cold light of day

there in the midst of it so alive and alone
words support like bone

dreaming of mercy st. – wear your inside out
dreaming of mercy – in your daddy’s arms again
dreaming of mercy st. – I swear they moved that sign
looking for mercy  in your daddy’s arms

pulling out the papers from the drawers that slide smooth
tugging at the darkness, word upon word

confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet box
to the priest – he’s the doctor, he can handle the shocks

dreaming of the tenderness
the tremble in the hips of kissing Mary’s lips

dreaming of mercy st. . .

mercy, mercy, looking for mercy … mercy, mercy, looking for mercy

Anne, with her father is out in the boat
riding the water – riding the waves on the sea

•  «Growing Up»  ↓

folded in your fleshy purse, I am floating once again
while the muted sounds are pumping rhythm
all the walls close in on me, pressure’s building wave on wave
‘til the water breaks – and outside I go, oh

one dot, that’s on or off, defines what is and what is not, one dot
two dot, a pair of eyes, a voice, a touch, complete surprise, two dot

growing up …  looking for a place to live . . .

my ghost likes to travel so far in the unknown – my ghost likes to travel so deep into your space

three dot, a trinity, a way to map the universe, three dot
four dot, is what will make a square, a bed to build on, it’s all there, four dot

my ghost likes to travel so far in the unknown – my ghost likes to travel so deep into your space

all the slow clouds pass us by – make the Empire State look high
as you take me in your sea-stained sweetness
it spills, it tingles and it stings all the pleasure that it brings
‘til the door has let the outside inside here

well on the floor there’s a long wooden table
on the table there’s an open book
on the page there’s a detailed drawing
and on the drawing is the name I took

my ghost likes to travel so far in the unknown – my ghost likes to travel so deep into your space

growing up … looking for a place to live . . .

my ghost likes to travel … moving inside of your space . . .

the breathing stops, I don’t know when in transition once again
such a struggle getting through these changes
and it all seems so absurd to be flying like a bird
when I do not feel I’ve really landed here

    ¤  David Bowie   [1947-2016]

⇓ ‘Look Back In Anger‘⇐

•→‘In the Port of Amsterdam’ ⇔ [lyrics⇐]

◊   ‘Wild Is The Wind’  ↓

WitW
. . .  love me, say you do
Let me fly away with you
For my love is like the wind
And wild is the wind, wild is the wind
Give me more than one caress
Satisfy this hungriness
Let the wind blow through your heart
For wild is the wind, wild is the wind
You touch me, I hear the sound of mandolins
You kiss me, with your kiss my life begins
You’re spring to me, all things to me
Don’t you know, you’re life itself?
Like the leaf clings to the tree
Oh, my darling, cling to me
For we’re like creatures of the wind
Wild is the wind, wild is the wind
You touch me, I hear the sound of mandolins
You kiss me, with your kiss my life begins
You’re spring to me, all things to me
Don’t you know, you’re life itself?
Like the leaf clings to the tree
Oh, my darling, cling to me
For we’re like creatures of the wind
And wild is the wind, wild is the wind
Wild is the wind . . .

Φ  ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’  ⇓  [feat. Robert Fripp]

«…Scary monsters, super creeps – Keep me running, running scared…»

•→ ‘I’m deranged’  ⇐[1995]⇒lyrics

«I’m doing fine … Thanks for asking … still a little bit … a little bit  … you know … a bit deranged . . .  [?]  .  .  .  Not a whole deck of cards . . .»

•  ‘Sound & Vision’  ↑

Don’t you wonder sometimes
‘Bout sound and vision
Blue, blue, electric blue
That’s the colour of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue 
Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue
I will sit right down, 
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude,
over my head
Don’t you wonder sometimes
‘Bout sound and vision
       ♣  Sound & Vision  ⇓  [a doc in seven parts ]

•→ [Part 1]⇐ / •→[Part 2]⇐ / •→ [Part 3]⇐ / •→[Part 4]

[Part 7]

¤  The Life and Career of David Bowie ⇐  [watch_mojo]

• Musical Beginnings

David Robert Jones was born on January 8th, 1947 in Brixton, London, England. Though he showed musical interest at a young age, it was only in the early 60s that he really pursued the art. He started by joining several blues bands, but branched off on his own when they had little success. Renaming himself David Bowie, he released his self-titled debut in 1967.

•  Moon Landing and «Space Oddity»

Its lack of success led Bowie to participate in a promotional film called “Love You till Tuesday,” which showcased several of his songs. Of particular interest was “Space Oddity,” which tells the story of an astronaut named Major Tom. That track became a hit after it was released at the same time as the first moon landing. His sophomore effort of the same name, however, was another commercial disappointment.

•  The Spiders from Mars

To promote his third album, The Man Who Sold the World, Bowie was put in a dress to capitalize on his androgynous look. In 1971, a pop-influenced record called Hunky Dory came out and was followed by the creation of his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust persona and stage show with backing band, The Spiders from Mars.

•  Breakthrough and Number One Album

Then came his breakthrough record, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which climbed the charts thanks to his performance of the single, “Starman” on “Top of the Pops.” 1973’s Aladdin Sane was his first number one album, mixing a hard rock sound with styles such as avant-garde jazz. The Spiders from Mars were disbanded shortly thereafter.

•  Touring and Cocaine

After the covers album, Pin Ups, turned Bowie into the UK’s best-selling artist, the funky concept record, Diamond Dogs, featuring the hit, “Rebel Rebel,” was released. The elaborate stage shows for the tour that followed, as well as the worsening state of Bowie’s health due to his cocaine addiction, would later be seen in the documentary, “Cracked Actor.”

•  Thin White Duke

1975 saw the release of Young Americans, an album that was less glam rock and more soul. This album spawned his first U.S. hit, a track that was written with John Lennon, “Fame.” His next album, Station to Station, featured the song, “Golden Years,” and introduced another alter ego, the Thin White Duke. This persona resembled his character in the 1976 movie, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

•  Working with Brian Eno

Up next was a trio of albums recorded with Brian Eno known as the Berlin Trilogy, beginning with 1977’s Low. This ambient and abstract album produced the UK hit, “Sound and Vision.” This was followed by a more pop rock but still minimalist album called Heroes, whose title track later became a Bowie signature tune. And in 1979, with his drug addiction now behind him, Bowie released Lodger, which contained new wave and world music elements.

•  «Let’s Dance»

1980’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) featured the hit, “Ashes to Ashes,” which was accompanied by an iconic music video. Bowie’s career leapt to new heights in 1983 with the success of the album, Let’s Dance, and the music videos for the singles, “Modern Love” and “China Girl.” High sales continued with the dance-inspired Tonight, an album that featured the Top 10 hit, “Blue Jean.”

•  Mick Jagger

In 1985, the music video for Bowie’s duet with Mick Jagger, “Dancing in the Street,” was debuted at Live Aid. Two years later, Bowie released the more techno-based album, Never Let Me Down, that featured the single, “Day-In, Day-Out.”

•  Acting

Bowie took on a number of acting roles during the ‘80s. Examples include a Broadway production of “The Elephant Man,” and the films, “Absolute Beginners,” “Labyrinth,” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

•  Tin Machine

At the end of the 80s, Bowie fronted a band called Tin Machine, which recorded two studio albums. But, because the material was less successful than his solo work, they dissolved in 1992. Bowie then returned to his solo career with the jazzier album, Black Tie White Noise, in 1993.

•  Industrial and Techno Elements

This was closely followed by the soundtrack for a television series called The Buddha of Suburbia. In 1995, Bowie brought industrial elements to the mix with the album Outside. He gained more critical and commercial success with the techno-infused sounds of 1997’s Earthling.

•  More Albums and a Rest

1999 saw the release of an album with more rock tracks entitled ‘Hours…’ This was followed by the critically and commercially acclaimed Heathen in 2002 and another successful record in 2003 called Reality. Emergency heart surgery in 2004 forced Bowie to slow down, so in the latter half of the decade, he recorded only a few songs and played a couple of gigs. A live compilation capturing performances from his 2003 tour called A Reality Tour came out in 2010.

•  More Acting

Bowie continued to act while he released albums. Some of his most notable film appearances include “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,” “Mr. Rice’s Secret,” “Zoolander,” and “The Prestige.”

•  A Musical Chameleon

A true chameleon of the music world, David Bowie has incorporated many different styles to make his own. With his distinctive voice and extravagant stage shows, he is surely an artist who will continue to be influential throughout the ages.

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