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Music to put you in

the mood -

Nick Cave - Opium Tea











DEAD CAN DANCE:




SHALL WE DANCE?

Posted by Hello



Blog: The Landlocked pirate

intriguing & witty with titles like The Dead Don't Tip & other oddities.

But I was unable to re-find it. Did it disappear into the ether.

If the author of the post or someone else knows the Blog address drop me a line.



Surfing the net : Music DEAD CAN DANCE

Anyway while pondering the music of Erik Satie I went searching for more contemporary examples of similar soundscapes. So I downloaded some John Cage & then some Ambient music from Brian Eno to Loreena Mckennit to Buddha Bar to Cafe Del Mar to Evaresence to Enigma & Massive Attack etc.

 But most of what I found did not really grab me as it were until I came across the group Dead Can Dance. The main members of the group are Lisa Gerard & Brendan Perry. For the last few days I have immersed myself in Dead Can Dance the music is haunting & has a resonance & stays with me while I sleep. 

Some of their songs remind me of people such as Nick Cave & Jim Morrison & the vocal stye is sometimes like Frank Sinatra but also reminds of Bertolt Brecht & Jacques Brel. Their musical range is astonishing from medieval european to classical & Indian folk & Oriental & African & Mideastern music & on & on.

 I would suggest listening to some of their music a few times over; it speaks for itself & you'll connect with it or you won't.

 I remember hearing some of their songs years ago but I was unable to connect with their sound or just wasn't exposed to a wide range of their sound or I just couldn't recall their name . Now it feels so natural . For some I guess they are old news but for me they are a great find. I also remember watching the film Whalerider some time ago for which Dead Can Dance did most of the music & it was in part the music of the soundtrack that helped make it a powerful & haunting film.

 It should be noted the group dissolved in 1998 but has reunited to go on tour this year. This was my little epiphany for the week. 

Here is a sample of their lyrics for the song The Carnival Is Over. This song & Black Sun are so far two of my favourites. 

 The Carnival is Over
 Outside
The storm clouds gathering,
 Moved silently along the dusty boulevard.
 Where flowers turning crane their fragile necks
 So they can in turn
Reach up and kiss the sky.
 They are driven by a strange desire 
Unseen by the human eye
 Someone is calling.

 I remember when you held my hand
 In the park we would play when the circus came to town.

 Look! Over here.

Outside 
The circus gathering
Moved silently along the rainswept boulevard. 
The procession moved on the shouting is over 
The fabulous freaks are leaving town. 
They are driven by a strange desire
Unseen by the human eye. 
The carinval is over. 
We sat and watched 
As the moon rose again
For the very first time.

 Related web sites: /www.4ad.com/artists/catalogue/deadcandance/
/www.alwaysontherun.net/dcd.htm - this site contains most of their lyrics.

  I wanted to share the intriguing lyrics of the song American Dreaming by Dead Can Dance.

Dead Can Dance LYRICS

www.Dead-Can-Dance-lyrics



American Dreaming



I need my conscience to keep watch over me

To protect me from myself

So I can wear honesty like a crown on my head

When I walk into the promised land



We've been too long American dreaming

And I think we've all lost the way

Like some somnambulistic maniacal in the dark



I'm in love with an American girl

Well she's my best friend

I love her surreptitious smile

That hides the pain within her

And we'll go dancing beside desert waters

Where love is so wastefully spent

& dine upon the crumbs of faith

most lovers often reject.

spare a thought for the unfortunate man

who must choose between love and desire



We've been too long American dreaming

I think we've all lost the way

Like some somnambulistic maniacal in the dark.


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Carnival Is Over by Dead can dance- Sadly surreal



"Uploaded by clafey on 30 Aug 2006
Dead Can Dance video "The Carnival Is Over" directed by Ondrej Rudavsky.

[From Dead Can Dance box set "1981-1998"]. 

Words fail when describing this masterpiece.

 6th September 2007 note: I added this video a year ago and I have received amazing feedback about it - it's wonderful to see how this video touched so many people all over the world. At the time of the upload there was only another version in YouTube with poor sound so I decided to take this one from the box-set DVD improving the video a little and the sound a whole lot ...

The original song was taken from "Into the Labyrinth" album - which I heartily recommend, along with the whole Dead Can Dance
 discography."


 


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La Mer - Jacques Brel


sung by Charles Trenet











James Ensor By They Might Be Giants






They Might Be Giants -Birdhouse In Your Soul





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