Black Paintings

by Simon Tall

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1.
Come so soft into the night, Close your eyes and still see light, But you can’t see, What we can see, So black and gold will be your voice, To rise above the unheard noise, But you can’t hear, What we can hear, The deaf man’s villa is your home, You paint the walls, you paint the stone, But can you know, What we can’t know? Come so soft into the night, Close your eyes but still see light, But you can’t hear, What we can hear,
2.
Here come witches, Midnight hour, Here come witches, What have they come to see? Desolation, fake old nation, Nothing looking so good for you and me, So please can the witches use their magic to put it right? So please can the witches use their magic to put it right? Here come witches, Midnight hour, Here come witches, What have they come to see? Desolation, fake old nation, Nothing looking so good for you and me, So please can the witches use their magic to put it right? So please can the witches use their magic to put it right?
3.
So many big words never said, Blackbirds from wires inside your head, So many dogs left in the sand, So many need a helping hand out of the sand, Please go help them, So many wonder where they are, So many need a lucky star, We’re all that dog left in the sand, Oh won’t you give a helping hand out of the sand? Please go help them, So many big words never said, Blackbirds from wires inside your head,
4.
Come down to the lake, Where the spaceships will come, And we’ll be alright, Take my hand, All the dogs will be there, And the witches will sing, And we’ll be alright, Take my hand now, Holofernes will meet his fate, Holofernes will meet his fate, By the lake, by the lake, Holofernes will meet his fate, By the lake, by the lake, Judith twisting leaves, With the knife in her hand, She’ll make sure we’re alright, Take my hand, Come down to the lake, Where the spaceships will come, And we’ll be alright, Take my hand now, Holofernes will meet his fate, Holofernes will meet his fate, By the lake, by the lake, Holofernes will meet his fate, By the lake, by the lake,
5.
Kick off your shoes, Kick off your shoes, Hear the women laughing, But they don’t laugh for you, And we don’t know where heaven lays, But mothers know, all our yesterdays, So here’s the news, Here is the news, It’s the same boat summer, And it’s coming after you, And we don’t know where heaven lays, But mothers know, all our yesterdays, And now the world is spinning down, The women laugh but we all frown, Kick off your shoes, Kick off your shoes, Hear those women laughing, They know what to do, Cos we don’t know where heaven lays, But mothers know, all our yesterdays, Kick off your shoes, Just kick off your shoes,
6.
Hey hey, here we are, We climb up that hill, And we play the guitar just for you, Hey hey, pilgrims we are, Worshipping nothing so bold, As a star in the sky, See all the world, But you can’t hear a thing, Look past the hypocrisy, Let your paint sing, for you, Hey hey, put on your coat, Winter is coming, Let’s float all the boats that we can, Hey hey, down in the meadow, Let’s put up those tents, And listen for echoes of hope, See all the world, But you can’t hear a thing, Look past the hypocrisy, Let your paint sing, for you, Hey hey, here we are, We climb up that hill, And we play the guitar just for you, San Isidoro, San Isidoro,
7.
Men Reading 02:28
We need some more men to read books, To learn all the words, that we need to hear, Like refugees they come on boats, And they need a home, They’re nothing to fear, Stand beside me, We’re all just people, People at the end of the world, We need some more women in charge, Perhaps then we’ll see the world start to heal, Instead of us all burning up, Instead of us all having to kneel, Stand beside me, We’re all just people, People at the end of the world, We need some great men to read books, To learn of those words, that we need to hear, Like things that are real and are true, Like virus and war, we need the all clear, Stand beside me, We’re all just people, People at the end of the world,
8.
Two old men eating soup, Says one ‘This can’t be right?’ Two old men eating soup, Says two ‘The world is ending, tonight, yes tonight,’ Two old men eating soup, Says two ‘What shall we do?’ Two old men eating soup, Says one ‘Let’s just finish our soup...’
9.
Two Old Men 04:28
There’s no time to be afraid, There’s no heaven not been made, There’s a view behind this gloom, Take that view into your room, Most people don’t see the world as it is, Most people only see it as they are, Two old men, do they looked scared? Are we all as well prepared? The weight of freedom is to care, Can you say you’ll meet me there? Most people don’t see the world as it is, Most people only see it as they are, There’s no time to be afraid, There’s no heaven not been made, Most people don’t see the world as it is, Most people only see it as they are,
10.
Be here, Be here when the world is ending, Please don’t leave me, We know, We’ve seen the vision, no religion, Now can save them all, Just watch them fall, Sun kissed, Sun kissed ashes, icy flashes, Of this panicked world, Hold me, Speak in tongues, let’s climb the rungs, And leave this world behind,
11.
Lookout, the fates are coming to see you today, They got bad things to say and there really ain’t no getting away, Here they come, Here they come, Here they come, Here they come,
12.
In the darkest winter of your life, Cry in the shadows, waiting for Godot, Everything but nothing, same old new, I’m coming home, to be with you, Stand in the corner, You know that you shouldn’t be alone, Alone, alone, alone, alone, alone, Sequential crisis, twisting leaves and strife, Cry in the shadows, waiting for Godot, Everything but nothing, same old new, I’m coming home, to be with you, Stand in the corner, You know that you shouldn’t be alone, Alone, alone, alone, alone, alone, Tumble leaves are turning over you, Cry in the shadows, waiting for Godot, Everything but nothing, same old new, I’m coming home, to be with you, Stand in the corner, You know that you shouldn’t be alone, Alone, alone, alone, alone, alone,
13.
Once upon a treasured moment, Lookout faces, see us? Can we come home? Can we come home? Hats and faces, Pensive faces, Thunder comes with light, Beyond the dome, The mountain dome, We’re remnants that shine, A stage set to be taken down, That is all there is, We can’t come home, There is no home, We’re remnants that shine, Heads in a landscape now, We’re just heads in a landscape now, Ooh ooh, Heads in a landscape now, We’re just heads in a landscape now, Ooh ooh,
14.
Leocadia 02:40
Oh Leocadia, true saint of Toledo, Did you wonder when the sky is gonna fall? Oh Leocadia, true saint of Toledo, Did you wonder when he painted on the wall? And a thousand years is passing by, A thousand years in the blink of your eye, Oh Leocadia, true saint of Toledo, Was it worth it all that worry and that pain? And a thousand years is passing by, A thousand years in the blink of your eye, And a thousand years is passing by, A thousand years in the blink of your eye, Oh Leocadia, true saint of Toledo, Did you wonder when he painted on the wall?
15.
I hear the words that have been said, All that meaningless bullshit, You pronounce from on high, So let’s walk, up that hill, Let us proceed, up that hill, I hear those words that have been said, Time to put it all to bed, Pastures new now for you, So let’s march, up that hill, Let us proceed, up that hill,
16.
You mustn’t eat your children, No matter how mad you are, You mustn’t eat your children, That’s just going too far...

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A collection of songs with titles inspired by Goya’s famous ‘Black Paintings’. Go and look at them if you haven’t see them. Written and recorded entirely in the month of August 2020.

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released August 31, 2020

All music written, produced, played and recorded at the Garden Studio by Simon Poore. Part of the ‘One Month Album’ project: www.onemonthalbum.com
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