Baudelaire, Brussels, 1866

from By the Grace of Dynamite by Hemlock Smith

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Baudelaire, Brussels, 1866

Let us love gently. In his lair laid low,
Ambushed in shades, Love strings his fatal bow.
I know his ancient arsenal complete,
Crime, horror, lunacy — O my pale daisy!
Are we not suns in Autumn, silver-hazy,
O my so white, so snow-cold Marguerite?

(Sonnet d’Automne—Charles Baudelaire, as translated by Roy Campbell, 1952)

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If my sorrow came to vanish
And my fears would go to sleep
Oh ! Find a paradise untarnished
And some happiness to keep

This could be the most beautiful day in my life
This could be the most beautiful day in my life
So far…
So far…

If my troubles came to reason
Would my anguish fade ; in time ?
I could have a change of season
And finally find a perfect rhyme

This could be the most beautiful year in my life
This could be the most beautiful -
This could be the most beautiful year in my life
So far…

If my sorrow
Oh, my sorrow
Came to pass

How long for a beautiful
How long for a beautiful
I long for a beautiful day in my life

How long, for a beautiful
How long, for a beautiful
How long, for a beautiful day in my life ?

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from By the Grace of Dynamite, released August 22, 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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