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I can only see the Darkness_DEMO

by Hemlock Smith



This is a song I wrote early January 2020, before Coronavirus really hit. It offers a somewhat bleak Outlook on our times, but with a slice of hope attached. All things considered, it seems rather fitting. It's a live recording, first take, on my phone, so please forgive all the mistakes. My dear Sam Antha remastered and re-imagined it, to make it sound almost professional;)))


I can only see the darkness
And I can never be quite sure
If the light there at this tunnel
Is the illness or the cure

I can only see the darkness
I’m way too old to just ignore
That the days aren’t getting any longer, baby
And we’re freezing at the core.

I can only see the darkness
And I can never be quite sure
If all the sorrow round this table
Makes us cold or just demure

I can only see the darkness
And I can feel it in my pores, that
We ain’t growing any stronger, babe
And we’re sorry till we’re sore.

I can only see the darkness
But summer says we’re still alive
So we’ll try to make the best of it
Before we fly back to the hive.

Words by Michael Frei
22.12.2019 // 29.12.2019


released August 6, 2018
Michael Frei: Vocals, Piano
Sam Antha: Mastering


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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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