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).
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
well yes I did dig a hole – none of your photoshop fakery here.
then I got in it
various pop star poses were adopted
the artistic process was observed
it went on a while…
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).
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 )
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?