The North Sea (Hemlock Smith + String Quartet Live)

by Hemlock Smith

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1.
My Musical Career My Musical Career Steers Clear Of any kind of success My Musical Career So Dear to me You didn’t hear from me – I guess… Dressing out for rare occasions that never go so well Expressing what I really mean but what I can never tell Depressing songs for lonely people who really need some fun Wrestling with the million reasons that always block the sun My parents told me to quit – but who’s gonna ever admit – that? My Musical Career Steers Clear Of any kind of success My Musical Career So Dear to me You didn’t hear from me – I guess… This beautiful pain… This beautiful pain… This beautiful pain… Some people hear the chimes of heaven-and others find the grail those who get their act together and those who always fail some who sing of sacred visions and who command the rain but I’m the king of indecision-stubborn and vain… My agent told me to quit – but the pavement’s a nice place to sit – there… My Musical Career Steers Clear Of any kind of success My Musical Career So Dear to me You didn’t hear from me – I guess… This beautiful pain… This beautiful pain… This beautiful pain…
2.
The Leper Dogs of May The Leper Dogs of May Came crawling to my doorstep Most certainly astray The Leper Dogs of May Came sleeping on my sofa And peeing in my loafers Forever they will stay. They said we’re bringing joy Joy To every girl and boy Girl and boy The Leprechauns of June Came waltzing through the chimney Chanting all the runes The Leprechauns of June They licked my sugar bowl Took my remote control They won’t be leaving soon. They said we’re bringing joy Joy ? To every girl and boy Girl and boy And I apprehend the fall When all things will be dying And colors fade to grey Yes, I apprehend the fall On this cliff I may be leaning Without hope ; without meaning Let the storm take me away ; the Storm… Because you’re gone… Because you’re gone… Because you’re gone… The Leper Dogs of May Are sleeping on my doorstep Forever licking foam Should they be amused to stay Start drinking all my wine Let them be so inclined They’re the guardians of my bones.
3.
The North Sea The wind has chilled all of our bones Or is it just the fright ? Our voices all devoured by the sky We pull the ropes and search the foam but You’re nowhere in sight Your melodies surprised us but The North Sea’s always right Far away from home Far away from home Here comes the night. Did you ever tire to explore Those valleys black and white - To navigate the corners of our minds ? You’d wander through our every storm- A chalice full of light Your melodies advised us but The North Sea’s always right So very close to home So very close to home Here comes the night. Who’d ever think that you might lose - that you might lose a fight ? The North Sea may despise us – You proved it to be trite – Far away from home There you may roam Into the light. For Esbjörn Svensson
4.
Let it Rain Roaming dogs always run backwards Searching for knowledge, or for time they owned Travelling fools always turn awkward Seeds always die on a highway road Let it Rain Let it Rain Hopeless eyes always turn inward When there’s nothing at all but our own jokes to quote Sailing on, through my own backyard Mare Silentium – and mine’s the only boat Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain down on me oh my, oh my Lord Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain down on me, oh why … ? Silent skies never turn crowded Seems I’ve been waiting on the wrong side of dawn I try not to cry but I can’t fight it See all those rockets crash on my starless lawn Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain down on me oh my, oh my Lord Let it Rain Rain down on me Let it Rain Let it Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Down on me… Let it Rain
5.
Everything has Changed I guess the fog will soon be lifting, finally And clear the streets, our common maze But my soul, it keeps on drifting Out through the windshield, into the day And as I turn, there, at the streetlight I notice everything has changed Everything has changed I guess that poetry’s uplifting, actually It frees our hearts, our common gaze But my soul, it keeps on shifting Forever different, in a haze And as I turn, there, at the crossroads I notice everything has changed - Oh when she closed the door I felt sad in a way I’d never been before Sad in a way like never before ‘Cos everything had changed. I guess the town will soon be roaring, endlessly And shroud my silence, like a grave My body’s cold, and still, it’s soaring Has it been our last embrace ? And as I turn, there, at the corner I notice everything has changed Everything has changed Everything has changed
6.
Distant Sun The road goes southbound Oh Heaven, Help me ! For I may die before the day is done The beggar’s cartwheels Are never mending On this lane of sorrow, towards the distant sun The road goes southbound Far and farther And I may die before the day is done (Done…Done…) That’s how our life is Like day – descending A realm of shadows and the distant sun (Done…Done…) A realm of shadows and the distant sun A bag of sorrow for the lonely ones A realm of shadows and the distant sun A realm of shadows - A realm of shadows The road goes southbound Oh Heaven, Help me ! The road goes southbound Oh Heaven, Help me ! For I may die before the day is done (Done…Done…) A poor man’s plight is Comprehending The constant mockery of the distant sun That’s how our life is Like day – descending A realm of shadows and the distant sun (Done…Done…)
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Death ain’t got no Mercy Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Death ain’t got the Heart to understand And I don’t know what the Truth is but it sure lies close at hand Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Surely our Trials will be in vain Surely our Trials will cause us pain We’ll carry the Load and for certain we’ll carry the blame, yeah Surely our Trials will be in vain Life has only Misery to bestow Life has only Heartache in its tow And I’ll shoulder my Burden till my Lord says it’s time to go, go, go Life has only Misery to bestow Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Death ain’t got the Heart to understand And I sure know the outcome when it comes to leave its Brand, yeah, yeah Death ain’t got no Mercy, Mercy, Mercy in this land Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land Death ain’t got no Mercy in this land (Mercy, Mercy…)
8.
Yesterday Is Here (Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan) If you want money in your pocket and a top hat on your head a hot meal on your table and a blanket on your bed well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here Well I'm going to New York City and I'm leaving on a train and if you want to stay behind and wait til I come back again well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here If you want to go where the rainbows end you'll have to say goodbye all our dreams come true baby up ahead and it's out where your memories lie Well the road is out before me and the moon is shining bright what I want you to remember as I disappear tonight Well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here Well today is grey skies tomorrow is tears you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here you'll have to wait til yesterday ‘s here
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Spring is Mine I don’t know why The birds went late this year I don’t know why The snow didn’t show I wonder why On earth You’re still here Your breath is calm So tornadoes don’t know where to go- CH 1 And I I Feel contented I feel fine ‘Cos, I’m not dead yet And spring is mine Oh I I Feel contented I feel inclined to tingling spine And Spring is mine I wonder why July just never came I wonder why The sun wouldn’t glow But if I fall into Your sweet embrace Old foe November will be laying low- (told you so) CH 1 CH 2 Oh I I Feel contented I feel fine ‘Cos, I’m not dead yet And spring is mine Oh I I feel demented Cos’ you’re sublime, my song and rhyme And you are mine… And I don’t care What the seasons do I couldn’t bear To live just one without you…
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HEAVEN KNOWS ON A SORRY INTERSTATE A LIES IMPLIES TRUE LOVE CAN WAIT AND I NEVER WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN HAD MY SAY BUT I LOST MY NERVE I SEE YOUR FACE IN EVERY CURVE AND I NEVER WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN ALWAYS DRIVING IN MY CAR NEVER CLOSE BUT NEVER FAR AND I NEVER WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN A MILLION TIMES I HIT THE WALL A MILLION TIMES I ALMOST CALLED AND I NEVER WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN HEAVEN KNOWS HEAVEN KNOWS THE WAY IT GOES HEAVEN KNOWS THERE’S A CLOUD CAN’T SEE THE STARS WISH I KNEW JUST WHERE YOU ARE BUT I NEVER WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN I CAN BE THE POISON IN MY VEIN - YET I’LL NEVER BE IN LUCK – THAT’S PLAIN BUT THE SIGN THERE ON THE ROAD SAYS – COME AGAIN… HEAVEN KNOWS HEAVEN KNOWS THE WAY IT GOES HEAVEN KNOWS
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Train Song I guess the train’s a-coming I guess the train’s a-coming I see the smoke there in the sky but I hear no sound Although I press my ear right down, down to the ground I feel the train a-coming I feel the train a-coming Will my lover be on time, will she be there ? Or is it over and my days bound to despair ? Oh – I’m waiting for the 9 :55… Oh – I’m waiting for the 9 :55… I hear the train a-coming I hear the train a-coming The shuffle of its beat works like a charm I know she races towards me, into my arms I see the train a-coming I see the engine running But all windows of the wagon remain closed I guess it must not be the right train, I suppose… Oh – I’m waiting for the 9 :55… Oh – I’m waiting for the 9 :55… As I wait another day, the cold wind blows As I wait another day, the cold wind blows
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Drone (Live) 06:13
Drone Here it is ; the road less travelled by Cowardice, and no passers-by Led me to believe that I was wrong Led me to be scared and run – run along Here it was ; and such a masterplan Blown to dust, like castles in the sand Had my firm belief that I could hum There is no relief – or song – just a drone Is this the past, or was this never true? Nothing lasts, and seldom leaves a clue Led me to deceive and hide my shame Led me to believe that I, could stay Stay the same… There is no relief – or song – just a drone There is no relief – or song – just a drone There is no relief – or song – just a drone

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The tour for our fourth album "Everything has Changed" was to be a different one, as the idea was to feature a string quartet to play the new songs. We also took some time to rearrange lesser known or forgotten tracks for these instruments, to shed new light upon them. The following record captures these moments and is the first ever live recording we've made. It is not designed for release and therefore free to download. Thank you for attending these shows and thank you so much for listening.

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released December 22, 2014

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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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