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Single for Refuge: ‘I’ve been trying to tell you all my life”

I’m giving the money raised from Downloads of this song to refuge.org.uk

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Since the Lockdown began Domestic Abuse has gone up 700%. So if you would like to help Refuge give people a safe place during this crisis please Click the link below to Download. Pay whatever you like and I’ll make up all commission taken by Bandcamp myself.  If you could share on your Social Media as well that’d be great  I’m trying to raise £100.

Thank you:-)

https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/…/ive-been-trying-to-tell…

If you want to hear it first here’s the  Video hope you like,

Thanks and look after yourselves :-)


it’s a year,
it’s a second,
it’s a minute,
it’s an hour,
it’s a day

it’s the push of a button,
it’s as certain
as a dog upon a chain

it’s the cool of the river
it’s the promise
of the coming rain

It’s as light as a feather
it’s the weather
it’s the ticking of a bomb

it’s as cruel as a whisper
it’s as tender
as a blister on your thumb

it is far in the distance
and as present
as a smoking gun

look at the sky fall open
moving into something new

look at the sky fall open
everything that is is true

and this is the moment come
and this is the moment gone

it’s a sigh in the temple
it’s a bluebell
it’s the swinging of a gate

it is soft as a shadow
it’s a garden
it’s a foot upon a rake

it’s the bite of a lemon
it’s the feeling that you’re wide awake

look at the sky fall open
moving into something new

look at the sky fall open
everything that is is true

and this is the moment come
and this is the moment come
and this is the moment come

and this is the moment gone

from the steam of the coffee
to the bottle from the offi is a day

from the bob of the bobbin
to the lid upon the coffin it’s the way

you can fight with the river
but remember to
enjoy your stay…

Call your Mother!

Something’s coming?   Something’s here!

I recorded this last Friday. Without over explaining the song is about uncovering good stuff when things break down. I just typed it out and right now despite some inaccurate Morse Code at the end I think it’s my best lyric.  It goes like this:

call your mother

 

if you took,

all the darkness in me

you could whittle it down to the shape of a key

it would fit,

in the red of the rock

and release all the lava  and stop all the clocks.

 

something’s coming,

distant drum, drum, drumming

earthquakes,

thunder,

call your mother.

 

If I swam,

to the depths of the sea

I would pull out the plug

just to see what I see

and the coral,

would rise up just like trees

as we struggled for breath

on our blistering knees,

 

something’s coming,

distant drum, drum, drumming

earthquakes,

thunder,

call your mother.

 

When the walls,

have all crashed to the ground,

When the trumpets have blown

When the sky has come down

I will stand,

and applaud to the sun

for the end of the world

could be something begun,

 

something’s coming,

distant drum, drum, drumming

earthquakes,

thunder,

call your mother.

dit dit dit dit dit dit dit dit, dit dit dit dit, etc

dot dot dot dit dit dit dash dash.

 

For the film I was lucky to find a great film on Creative Commons to chop up for my own ends.  If you’d like to see the original here it is (smile) https://youtu.be/QieZx_Elbb4

Please Share it if you like it!

Stay Well and speak very soon!

 

March Already?

 

How are you ? It’s been a while again but I’ve been busy honest.

There are a few things been going on, January we were in a theatre with the  Dance Company ‘Moving Stories,’ great to be asked and nice to be away from pubs for a while.  I know it was filmed so if I get the footage I’ll share it. Here we are nicely composed for the Show.

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The rest of the band can pretty much play anything so in February we took a side-step and   played Jazz, backing Lido Len on trumpet, I got to put down the guitar and croon those songs my Mum and Dad used to play – nice.  Here’s Len:

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Mainly I’ve been recording the Second Album “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” which should be ready by the Summer, I’m one track away from having it all recorded, and I like it!!

Last for now our percussionist Jawad (above second from right) runs a Mens Mindfulness session at Balham Bowls Club (Monday nights if you fancy it) and asked for a jingle for his Upcoming Podcast so in lieu of a proper song here’s some nonsense for you until next time.  Stay well! Love

Vince

 

1,2,3,4!

Autobiograpical innit?

Wrote this in Nathaniel’s bedroom which may be why it become something about the 4 of us.

Last week in wet October me and Laurie, (or possibly Laurie and I) did the video, having gone through one phone and 2 cameras I finally figured out we could yank the computer about  on extension lead and do the stop motion like that. A lot of it worked pretty well and some of it didn’t but that all got cut!

it’s available at https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/1234

and here are the words for the hard of hearing:

1,2,3,4!

I’m
just no good
I can’t sing
I can’t chop wood
friends cast me out
but I’ve got1,2,3,4
something to be sure about
early combinations led me to a cold war
I’m in
I’m ready to begin
something to be sure about

I
can’t be found
all my hits
go underground
file them away
because I got

1,2,3,4
something to be sure about
early combinations led me to a cold war
I’m in
I’m ready to begin
something to be sure about

I didn’t know too much about the world before
I used to sit at home and observe the floor
I want more

so here I am
here’s my wife
here’s my pram
time slips away

but I got
1,2,3,4
something to be sure about
early combinations led me to a cold war
I’m in
I’m ready to begin
something to be sure about.

credits

released October 29, 2019

Forward! to the Sun

ah technology

I was feeling a bit tired sat in the kitchen one night and let my mind wander; this happened and I liked it.

Recorded it over the last couple of weeks, there’s quite a lot going on in it; squeaking door, whistling, sitar and I laid a lot of harmonies on the end

I did the video over the past couple of days ( I mean if you could listen with headphones and without watching that’d be even better) if you are watching though see if you can guess some of the sources – enjoy!

forward to the sun

I

I am myself

there’s been nobody else

could stick a flag on me

 

but if you like

you can rock my world

maybe it’d be fun fun fun fun fun.

 

salt upon the sea

and diamonds on the beach

the sunlight hits your hair

the gods are unprepared

do do do do do do

don’t

don’t you wanna roam

into an ancient world

like a killer bee?

come

and let your sky fall in

maybe it’d be fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun.

salt upon the sea

and diamonds on the beach

the sunlight hits your hair

the gods are unprepared

do do do do do do

 

don’t you want to run?

stepping out of this world

with me

forward, to the sun!

 

 

 

 

the truth about a woman and a man

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Well! – this one happened the way I like it – no messing about

  1. Wrote the tune –  the words took a few days.

Originally after the Adam and Eve verse I had one for Samson and Delilah, and another one for Oedipus and his Mum, but I dropped the obvious humour, and kept it as ironic advice for a young man.

2. Figured out how to play it – Recorded it, and well I was walking around in time listening to the play-back I saw my feet in the mirror and had the idea for the video, so,

3. first sunny day Carol and I worked on the dance routine (and painted our toenails) and when the kids came home we recorded it, the memory was full on her phone so we only had one go at it. (I cut out the bits where I was out of time).

I think it looks nice and sunny, hey! have a good Summer!

 

you can download it here if you like it :-)

https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/the-truth-about-a-woman-and-a-man

and the videos here!

Oh Miss Jones!

I take a limited responsibility for this..

– In a dream an American woman was  pursuing a man around a glass table singing the ‘Can’t you see I like you?’ bit – when I woke up I filled in the rest.

Having accidentally wiped the hard drive of all music  and back ups  I thought I’d start fresh by doing something light, and it was fun to do, lots of harmonies, claps, clearing throats, whistling and  springs; it all got thrown in and most of it stuck.  It also has the added bonus of a bona fide chorus – in case you thought I couldn’t do them…

The video is cut up from a very serious 1950’s Film,  ‘Office Courtesy’ and a ‘Safety at Work’  film – I’m hoping I’ve stayed on the ironic side of saucy, but all complaints should be forwarded to my Mother.

track 5: yellow guitar

Is it Summer yet?

well almost, and this song’s ready for you when it does arrive…

…doing the album was learning as I went, I kept adding things and then taking them off again because – in the end I hope this just sounds like someone singing to you late at night on the beach.

When I did my bit of travelling often people would wind up on a beach around a fire, and wherever I went they seemed to be playing the same handful of songs; so one of my tests for a good song is can you play it just with a guitar and a voice;  all the tunes on  this album can be sung that way and this one in particular is pretty good for it.

At first I didn’t rate it that highly because it came so quick, but straight away friends liked it,  and when I first played it live, a couple started kissing so I knew I was on to something, now I like it a lot, hope you do too …

here it is with the words :  https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/yellow-guitar-3

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track 4: can I just explain?

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nice photo hu? (thanks Jonathan)

After the optimism of the previous ‘wedding’ song comes this,

a marriage gone sour.

It’s not my most popular, but it is one of my best –  both the lyric and the melody hit the spot for me and Late Junction on Radio 3 played it last year

(they’re in the process of being cut by the way, so sign the petition here if like me you want a place for adventure and experiment on the radio).

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-late-junction

About the song though, I wanted to write something that used the things people really say as opposed to what gets said in songs. To that extent it’s kind of kitchen sink drama –  half a conversation, the male half, explaining  how his cheating was partly her fault – there is a level of irony 😉

I’m not talking about my marriage by the way (we’re still all good, honest!), but the fact this guy’s talking like an idiot doesn’t mean I don’t feel it when I sing it.

song and lyrics here!:   https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/can-i-just-explain-2