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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

 

track 3: on the event of…

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I wrote this one for our wedding,

…or more probably, the words slipped in when that was filling my head; anyhow it was all finished for the day (which was by the way great).

In a way the song felt part of a new beginning too.  Having said goodbye to the band and the vague ambition of being on top of the pops a few years before, I realised I was still  writing music without any audience and I quite liked that; some people tinker around in sheds I was still messing about with songs, and when friends did finally start to hear them they tended to say they sounded more genuinely like me.    For a long time I couldn’t sing the lines,

‘…all the happiness that we can share

’til we look up from rocking chairs

at grown up children on the beach

and swapping smiles from each to each.’

without filling up a bit,

fortunately after a few listens Carol liked it too, even though, like nearly everything I make up, you can’t dance to it….

…well enjoy the picture of our feet anyway, here’s a link :-)

https://vincentburke.bandcamp.com/track/on-the-event-of

 

 

 

over here in the trees – the album cover explained…

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well yes I did dig a hole – none of your photoshop fakery here.

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then I got in it

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various pop star poses were adopted

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the artistic process was observed

IMG_7166it went on a while…

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The idea came from a dream I had where I was walking round these suburban streets pointing out things like a big pot and telling a friend how everything was art (even asleep he’s pretentious).  I turned around and in this grass verge of a very normal front garden, a Spanish looking man was buried to the waist  standing;  as I watched two woman walked from behind and put a marriage veil over his head.

Obviously I woke up and thought that will do for the cover. The hand is held up to resemble the international sign of greeting (I kept my trousers on).

 

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I chopped it up a bit to add a hint of dis-orientation and off-set that with a ‘learning to read’ primary school font in lower case, because it’s nice to look at new things like 7 year old does.

As for the title: ‘over here in the trees’ refers to my  finally drawing some attention to myself after all this time (and that joke with the punchline ‘over here on the swings’ – I’ll tell it to  you some time :-) )

 

he paid to have himself murdered – from the album ‘over here in the trees’

ah –  track 2 from the album ‘he paid to have himself murdered’

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it’s not autobiographical

if you want it to download and can’t wait for the whole album it’s here!  he paid to have himself murdered

or if you want to see a dodgy and distracting video for the hard of hearing https://www.powtoon.com/c/djcdJEIOXd7/2/m

(it’s not the youtube one – it’s different!)

 

 

 

 

 

beneath the floor

Here’s a song I wrote a while ago

 

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Click here for the Video: beneath the floor

I don’t want to say to much about what it’s all about – hopefully that’s clear enough and the lyrics are below.

The Arrangement was fun now I’ve got a new set-up I can bash harmony on and work pretty quickly.

Same thing with the Video which I did in one night smashing up

– Jan Švankmajer’s animation (1971)

zooming/cutting and re-ordering bits

it all fitted surprisingly well

so I let it out

to

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first time you hit the ground

you fall and float without a sound

and it feels so good

you wanna shout out

it feels so good!

next time you want some more

you wanna get beneath the floor

and it feels so good

you wanna do it

it feels so good

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

no one talks about tomorrow

what you beg and who you borrow

no one cares about tomorrow

no one cares at all

next time you ask for more

you wanna shoot you wanna score

and it feels all right

and when you do it

it feels alright

next time you’re on the bed

you’ve got a puncture in your head

but you feel alright

you gotta do it to feel alright

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

you go to another place where

people move out into spaces

pyramids and broken water

fall out of the moon

no one talks about tomorrow

no one slaps your face with sorrow

no one tramples on your light and

no one told you about tomorrow

what you beg and who you borrow

no one walks into the mist and

disappears from view

Another Win!

Late Junction (Radio 3) played me again on Thursday!

Flattered as always to be on the undisputed best show on radio. That’s 4 different songs Max Reinhardt has played of mine now so over the moon really – although shouldn’t I be rolling in money by now?

“vincent burke South Londons wry singer-songwriter and chronicler of our times has been busy cooking up a demo to make sure the chocolate hearts (on Valentines day) are bitter sweet – can I just explain?”

link to Thursdays Late Junction:

the video:can I just explain?

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…just to say great start to the new year being played on Late Junction Radio 3!

Last time my home recording sounded a bit weedy and I winced a bit, but this one seemed to come through pretty well.  I was in the bathroom when it  came on and the rest of the family rushed in to hear it – nice moment.

Thanks to Max Reinhardt there and Tom Robinson at Radio 6 for continuing to play my new songs. Let’s see if anything good emerges this year!

here she comes