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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!

 

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!

king of kings

I know – it’s been ages I’ve forgotten how this thing works.

Written a lot of songs though. This one may not be a masterpiece but it kicks along and delivers a bit of punch.

Jet lagged after Jamaica the tune jumped into my head. I think I’d heard someone on the radio and been reminded that you just can’t argue logic around religion. Faith means believing against all logic and the less sense it makes to believe the more faithful you are so well done!

If you pray your village won’t slide into the sea and then it does prayer still works, it just wasn’t the right thing to ask for.

Anyway in my jet lagged state I imagined the end of the song being a bigger and bigger chant of “praying to the kings kings” steamrollering over a yelping version of me. Maybe I should have done that, instead I did this!…

king of kings : video click to play!!

oh the video is kind of distracting from the meaning in places so the words are below; I did it quick and the kids liked it so here it is – hope I didn’t go too far (it’s not very subtle).

Look after yourselves atheists! and if you are religious don’t hurt anyone 😉

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king of kings

all those people sitting in the dirt are

praying to the king of kings

all those people in the big fat church are

praying to the king of kings.

homophobic African preachers are

praying to the king of kings

paedophile catholics and PE teachers are

praying to the king of kings.

give up your religion

give up your god

it won’t improve your behaviour

but it could make you act a whole lot worse…

winston churchill and adolph hitler were

praying to the king of kings

donald trump and the ku klux klan are

praying to the king of kings

give up your religion

give up your faith

it justifies your behaviour

while screwing up the human race

muslims, christians, every side are

praying to the king of kings

so fire your gun with spiritual pride you’re all

praying to the king of kings

give up your religion

give up your god

it won’t improve your behaviour

but it could make you act a whole lot worse…

when your village slides to the sea you’ll still be

praying to the king of kings

it’s just one more trick to keep you down on your knees while you’re

praying to the king of kings

it’s just one more trick to keep you down on your knees while you’re

praying to the king of kings

praying to the king of kings…Pow!

‘this is us now’

I had a week off and wrote 2 songs – (this is one of them)

I got the melody one day packing up to go camping – it was pouring with rain but we’re English.  By the time we got to a field outside Cheddar it was fine.  Next morning  the sun came out hot, everything slowed down and  I did the words for the second Verse (which make sense of what I already had) eating cornflakes and sitting in the mouth of the  tent.

Verse 1 – when we met

Verse 2 – where we are now

I hope it catches life as a string of valuable moments.

For the film I searched the computer for put  old camera clips  –  there were more than I could use of the children and almost none of me and Carol (I must change that) but it started to fit well so I wanted to finish it and show it to Carol, Nathaniel and Laurie on my birthday.  Carol liked it because she was in it (and looking foxy).

The 100’s of still shots near the end were taken by our friend Chris Porter. We did them in the back garden while I span us round as quick as I could in a borrowed computer chair (I took out the shots where we fell off).

I’ve had the tune stuck in my head ever since hope you like it too.