Living Picture (Hemlock Smith plays Jacques Feyder's "Visages d'Enfants")

by Hemlock Smith

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released July 1, 2016

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Hemlock Smith Lausanne, Switzerland

Hemlock Smith come from Lausanne (Switzerland). Since 2002, they’ve released 6 regular albums with intelligent pop, as well as 2 soundtracks for silent film and 2 collaborations with Noise duo Les Poissons Autistes. Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael Frei, Hemlock Smith's distinctive voice is complemented by the ambient guitar playing of Fred Merk and the delicate piano work of Emilie Roulet. ... more

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Track Name: Mother's Dead
Mother’s Dead

The silence came like a twisted dream
Head’s bowed down and I want to scream !
My Mother’s Dead -
My Mother’s Dead.

I’ve got no voice and I’ve got no hope
Someone just hung me, I can feel the rope !
My Mother’s Dead -
My Mother’s Dead.

Gentle hands on my shoulder blades
Don’t you touch me or I’ll shoot you dead !
You, Praise the Lord -
You, Praise the Lord…

If they tell me this is Heaven sent
I’ll burn their Churches and I won’t repent !
My Mother’s Dead -
My Mother’s Dead.

In every corner of this broken home
I smell her scent, feel her spirit roam
My Mother’s Dead -
My Mother’s Dead.

My Mother’s Dead-
My Mother’s Dead.
Track Name: Bury the Dead
Bury the Dead

Bury the Dead
And let them be
Don’t let them come back
And pull at your sleeve

Sign them off
And then close the lid
Don’t let the yearbooks
Loosen your grip

Close the door
And hear yourself breathe
Don’t let them whisper
In your ear while you sleep

And I know it’s hard…Yes, I know
Oh I know it’s hard…Yes, I know…
Oh, I know…

Bury the Dead
And let them rest
Sing when your sorrow
Puts you to test

Scatter their ashes
Beneath a tree
And then let it grow
For the shade it will give

Bury the Dead
But remember their names
The eyes of your children
Will carry their flame

And I know it’s hard…Yes, I know
Oh I know it’s hard…Yes, I know…

To bury the dead…
-to bury the dead…
To bury the dead…
-to bury the dead…

And I know it’s hard…Yes, I know
Oh I know it’s hard…Yes, I know…
Track Name: Blacks and Whites
Blacks and Whites

Would you play some chess with me ?
Blacks and whites, for all to see
How it all comes down to this
Nothing here – in life is free.

Won’t you play some chess with me ?
Blacks and whites are plain to see, the
Longer game, the fewer pawns
Nothing here – will last till dawn.

Would you talk it through with me ?
Blacks and whites are all we see
In this shaded universe
Nothing here is- neither wish nor curse.

Won’t you talk it through with me ?
Blacks and whites won’t do for me
Neither sad nor glad to sing
Queen is lost – on goes the King.

On goes the King…
There goes the King…
Track Name: In my Room
In my Room

All alone
In my room
And every song that I have sung
It sang of doom
All alone
In my room
And the motion that is life
Will not resume…

All Alone…
All Alone…
All Alone…

All alone
In my room
And the perfume of your dress
Smells like a tomb
All alone
In my room
Let the fairies and the ghosts
Forever loom

All Alone…
All Alone…
All Alone…
Track Name: Salvation (Parts 1 & 2)
Salvation (Parts 1 & 2)

Why did you abandon me ?
Why did you abandon me ?
Why did you abandon me ?
Why did you abandon me ?

Won’t you save me ?
- save me ?

Why have you forsaken me ?
When the road was hard and I was in need
The cruelest time to let me be
Why have you forsaken me ?

Won’t you save me ?
- save me ?

Why did you abandon me ?
Now my heart is cold and it beats so weak
The hardest thing is to forgive
Why did you abandon me ?

Won’t you save me ?
- save me ?

Everyone’ll get on
The Road to Salvation
Everyone’ll get on
The Road to Salvation
Track Name: Playground Enemies
Playground Enemies

I don’t want you
To play with me
I don’t like you
And I never will!

We don’t want you
To play right here
We don’t like you
Why don’t you disappear ?

We don’t want you
We might get rough
We don’t like you
So just back off !
Track Name: Celebrate
Celebrate

They’ve all come to celebrate
An hour or so to illuminate
The doom that awaits them as soon as they’re back home
The gloom
Where feeble candles shimmer
Along silent, lonely dinners
And hopeless dawns where the thoughts forever roam

They’ve all come to celebrate
An hour or so to anticipate
The doom that awaits them as soon as they’re back home
The gloom
Where hardship rhymes with dying
Forever weak, forever trying
To say your prayers when you know you’re all alone…

Oh Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Celebrate…

Oh Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Celebrate…

For when the clock strikes twelve
Cinderellas flee in a dash
For when the clock strikes five
Back to the field, the mine, the ash

We’ve all come to celebrate
An hour or so to contemplate
How our lives could be if we stood a chance
Just a glance !
At brightly coloured futures
Illusions hardly nurtured…
If there is no doubt---how it all turns out…
Well, then let’s---

Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Celebrate…
Track Name: The Doll
The Doll

It lay there on the backseat
Just here for me to take
If noone were to see me
If she were not awake…

And such a simple gesture
And such an easy throw
Revenge will have you twisted
Revenge will cut your throat…

Revenge
Revenge
Revenge
Revenge

Revenge
Revenge
Revenge
Revenge
Track Name: Men Talk (Vocal Version)
Men Talk (Vocal Version)

On the River, when it’s quiet and the fish fly
In the courtyard when they laid off the wrong guy
On the corner of the street where the girls walk
Have a drink and a smoke-

Men Talk
Men Talk
Men Talk
Men Talk

At the Town Hall when a bunch of our boys died
At the funeral when the women and girls cry
In the tavern when you’re already quite broke
Have a drink and a smoke-

Men Talk
Men Talk
Men Talk
Men Talk

Men Talk - Just not when they should.
Men Talk - Just not when they should.
Men Talk - Just not when they should.
Men Talk - Just not when they should.
Track Name: At Dinner
At Dinner

The anger that my father felt
I saw it in his eyes
The silence that he lay on me
Was just a thin disguise
Muscles strained right to the fist
As he held his piece of bread
I’ll never earn forgiveness, no
I wish that I were dead…

I’ll never earn forgiveness, no
As he stares into my head
I’ll never earn forgiveness, no
I wish that I were dead…
Track Name: Waterfall
Waterfall

I shall go to the Waterfall
And the stream, like arms may hold
Who shall hear my silent call
Who could be, oh, so bold ?

I shall go to the Waterfall
To the damp and clay and mould
Let silence come and, above all
Let noone be there to scold

I shall go to the Waterfall
To the dark, and stone, and cold
For I’ve done wrong, so let my fall
Amend my broken soul
As I fall…
As I fall…
As I fall…

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