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Fake Empire

 

I could have chosen any song by The National in my ‘songs I like but you might not have heard’ bore-you-to-death series of posts.

I have been listening to them for what seems like an age and a number of their albums have taken up permanent residence on my far too full iPhone.

This particular track, Fake Empire, always cheers me up, even though I know it is about pretending things are better than they are.

It was written by Bryce Dessner who plays piano and guitar for the band, in 2007. It opens their album ‘Boxer’. It builds beautifully from a quiet and unusual piano at the beginning to horns and strings and stuff. Enigmatic video too.

I saw The National a few summers back in a sunny open air concert in London supporting Neil Young. Despite my high regard for the old legend I enjoyed The National far more.

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Song ‘Fake Empire © written by Bryce Dessner and performed by the National

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Fake Empire”

Stay out super late tonight picking apples, making pies
Put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us
We’re half awake in a fake empire
We’re half awake in a fake empire

Tiptoe through our shiny city with our diamond slippers on
Do our gay ballet on ice, bluebirds on our shoulders
We’re half awake in a fake empire
We’re half awake in a fake empire

Turn the light out say goodnight, no thinking for a little while
Let’s not try to figure out everything at once
It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky
We’re half awake in a fake empire

We’re half awake in a fake empire

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in Music

 

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Secret

 

Another of the ‘songs I like that you might not know’. This hauntingly beautiful pop song – Secret – is by Seal, an English singer songwriter who seems to have been around forever. He is probably best known for ‘Kiss From a Rose’ – used in one of the Batman films.. Secret was released in 2010.

The video features Heidi Klum. I believe they were married, but I pay little attention to the private lives of celebrities.

I love the black and white of the video – on all levels.

The song seems to reflect elements of my life and touches me every time I hear it.

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Song ‘Secret’ © written and performed by Seal

This blog © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Secret”

You must know me, I’m one of your secrets
You must know me, I’m one of your secrets
I belong to you.
I belong to you.
And you belong to me.

You must know me, I’m one of your secrets.
From what I see, you’re trying to hard to keep it.
Well I belong to you.
I belong to you.
I belong to you.
And you belong to me.

Look at me, I’m your hearts keeper.
Meant for me 3:21 AM, she will be here.
Oh yes she will
And I belong to you.
Yes, I belong to you.
I belong to you.
And you belong to me.

Look at me, I’m one of your secrets.
From what I see, you’re trying hard to keep it.
But I belong to you.
I belong to you.
I belong to you.
And you belong to me.
You belong to me.
You belong to me.

 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Music

 

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Set the fire to the third bar

 

 

There are some songs that haunt you. They touch you and you don’t know why. And then someone happens and you realize it has been waiting for the moment, for the person, for the situation. This is one of those songs.

This song is by Snow Patrol, a Scottish band who I am sure you will know. But this isn’t one of their really big successes. It was recorded with the talented Martha Wainwright and is on the excellent 2006 album Eyes Open.

It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. It fills me with sadness and longing.

 

“Set The Fire To The Third Bar”
(feat. Martha Wainwright)

I find the map and draw a straight line
Over rivers, farms, and state lines
The distance from ‘A’ to where you’d be
It’s only finger-lengths that I see
I touch the place where I’d find your face
My fingers in creases of distant dark places

I hang my coat up in the first bar
There is no peace that I’ve found so far
The laughter penetrates my silence
As drunken men find flaws in science

Their words mostly noises
Ghosts with just voices
Your words in my memory
Are like music to me

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

After I have travelled so far
We’d set the fire to the third bar
We’d share each other like an island
Until exhausted, close our eyelids
And dreaming, pick up from
The last place we left off
Your soft skin is weeping
A joy you can’t keep in

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
And I, I pray that something picks me up
and sets me down in your warm arms

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
and I, I pray that something picks me up
and sets me down in your warm arms

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Set the fire to the third bar – written by Gary Lightbody and performed by © Snow Patrol, and Martha Wainwright.
This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant – Part of a series of songs I like but you might not know.
 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Music

 

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Musical

 

I love music

It has been a constant joy throughout my life.

And my tastes are eclectic

Dirty, raunchy rock.

Desperate, yearning, aching blues.

Bold and brassy soul.

Eloquent, erudite jazz,

Opulent, rich, passionate opera.

Clever, cool classical.

Brave new country

Hypnotic trance,

Inspired indie,

Vibrant african,

Gorgeous arabic,

Magical South American,

Fiery, Spanish flamenco,

Tortured French torch,

Powerful Portuguese Fado,

Earthy English Folk,

I love all kinds of music

Most of all.

I love music that reminds me of you.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

First posted this time last year.

Portrait of Lana del Rey – provenance unknown

 

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Music, Still Life

 

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I touch myself

Art by Marcos Beccati

 

Another of my ‘tracks I like but you might not know’

It is entitled ‘I touch myself’ and is by Australian band Divinyls (fantastic name) and was recorded in 1990. I believe they were big in their home country, but to be honest I know little more about them than what can be found on Wikipedia.

However, this song, which is their biggest hit, I adore. From the opening guitar it is one of the sexiest pieces of rock music I have ever heard. I have listened to it many times over the years and it never loses its power to make me smile.

The lyric is not the greatest poetry, but it says what they wanted it to say.

I touch myself

I love myself, I want you to love me
When I feel down, I want you above me
I search myself, I want you to find me
I forget myself, I want you to remind me

I don’t want anybody else
When I think about you, I touch myself
Ooh, I don’t want anybody else
Oh no, oh no, oh no

You’re the one who makes me come runnin’
You’re the sun who makes me shine
When you’re around, I’m always laughin’
I want to make you mine

I close my eyes and see you before me
Think I would die if you were to ignore me
A fool could see just how much I adore you
I’d get down on my knees, I’d do anything for you

I don’t want anybody else
When I think about you, I touch myself
Ooh, I don’t want anybody else
Oh no, oh no, oh no

I love myself, I want you to love me
When I feel down, I want you above me
I search myself, I want you to find me
I forget myself, I want you to remind me

I don’t want anybody else
When I think about you, I touch myself
Ooh, I don’t want anybody else
Oh no, oh no, oh no

I want you
I don’t want anybody else
When I think about you, I touch myself
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ah ah ah ah oh ah

etc etc

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Song written © Amphlett, McEntee,Kelly and Steinberg, and performed by Divinyls

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Marcos Beccari

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Music

 

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Laura

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but which you might not have heard’

I am very fond of this track. It is moving, hopeful, sad and uplifting all at the same time.

It is by Natasha Khan, an English singer songwriter of some talent. She sings under the name Bat for Lashes, and has been recording since around 2006. This particular single was released off her very good album The Haunted Man, in 2012.

I remember playing ‘Laura’ to a close work colleague who had been having a challenging time in love, in business, in life generally. She sat in my car and cried copiously when she heard it. I was alarmed but was assured that they were ‘good tears’. We went out for a meal afterwards and she didn’t dance on tables, but we did drink much red wine and laughed and probably annoyed other diners who might also have assumed we were lovers. The song cheered her up anyway.

The video is a little left field, but I suppose it works.

 

Laura by Bat for Lashes

You say that they’ve all left you behind

Your heart broke when the party died
Drape your arms around me and softly say
Can we dance upon the tables again?

When your smile is so wide and your heels are so high
You can’t cry
Put your glad rags on and let’s sing along
To that lonely song

You’re the train that crashed my heart
You’re the glitter in the dark
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar

And in this horror show
I’ve got to tell you so
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar

You say that you’re stuck in a pale blue dream
And your tears feel hot on my bedsheets
Drape your arms around me and softly say
Can we dance upon the tables again?

When your smile is so wide and your heels are so high
You can’t cry
Put your glad rags on and let’s sing along
To that lonely song

You’re the train that crashed my heart
You’re the glitter in the dark
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar

You’ll be famous for longer than them
Your name is tattooed on every boy’s skin
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar

You’re the train that crashed my heart
You’re the glitter in the dark
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar

And in this old horror show
I’ve got to let you know
Ooh Laura, you’re more than a superstar
You’re more than a superstar…

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Laura © written and performed by Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan)

This post @ the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Music

 

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Is there no way back to you

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you might not know’ series.

In this case you definitely will not know it.

It is by the wonderfully melodic but deeply unfashionable Deacon Blue. They go back many, many years and have had, in the UK anyway, numerous successful singles. This is not one of them. It is a track taken from their album The Hipsters in 2012 and is called ‘Is there no way back to you’.

It is one of those perfect break up songs, full of melancholy, sorrow, love lost, regret, and perhaps just a little hope. Completely self-indulgent, of course.

I was in that place when I first heard it and it has stuck with me ever since.

(apologies there is no video)

Oh, and if you want to listen to a truly beautiful, mellow duo singing, Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, the singing, songwriting and vocal element of the band, produced a forgotten album called ‘The Great Lakes’, as McIntosh Ross. In parts it is sublime.

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Song written by © Ross and McIntosh, performed by Deacon Blue

This blog @ the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Music

 

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