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Call me when you’re sober

Call me when you’re sober.

How many times have you wanted to say that to someone?

This is one of my ‘songs I like, but you might not have heard’.

I could have chosen any Evanescence track. I have enjoyed them since their first album ‘Fallen’ in 2003, though they were formed as far back as 1995. Delightfully gothic, and led by Amy Lee’s powerful and emotional vocals and piano they are one of my bands of choice when all I want to do is put on headphones, turn up the volume, and feel dark.

They are not all driving guitars and pounding rhythm. Tracks like Good Enough are haunting and beautiful.

I have chosen ‘Call me when you’re sober’ (from the album The Open Door) because the sentiment might resonate with some readers. And partly because it is one of their more accessible songs. They are not to everyone’s taste, but I hope you enjoy.

Oh, and play it loud.

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Song written © by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, and performed by Evanescence

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2017 in Music

 

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There’s no leaving now

 

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

And actually I know nothing about the artist, apparently Kristian Matsson, who performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. I have never listened to any of his other work. I do not even know how I first heard this song.

All I do know is that is became a soundtrack, briefly but painfully, to my circumstances at the time. And it touches me deeply whenever it comes up in a playlist on one of my rare “I’m going to drink wine and feel sad’ days.

For anyone interested, it was released on an album with the same name in 2012.

No official video I’m afraid.

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Song written and performed by © Kristian Matsson (Tallest Man on Earth)

© this post the author writing as Romantic Dominant

“There’s No Leaving Now”

When there’s no one here in the tryouts
who will live through your first day’s trial
of confusion when your faint and crooked smile
had to leave

And when you’re painted like a warrior
though you know it’s a raining war
when the first who spoke, but wasn’t really sure
was your heart

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now

And with your quiet damn devotion
to be lost like your child again
claim “forever” is a close and honest friend
to your ways

Will there be time to harvest rivers
that for so long refused to grow?
All the little things you need to build a home
for your love

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

Your fear of the leading light
if they are with you and your heart won’t fail
To see through a fearless eye
and know that danger finally goes away
still you’re trying
but there’s no leaving now.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Music

 

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Man of the World

 

Many of my ‘songs I like but you might not have heard’ posts are from fairly recent times.

This one is different. It goes all the way back to 1969. It is Fleetwood Mac in one of its early line ups, long before the ‘Rumours’ Buckingham and Nicks days.

When I came across it for the first time at some point much later, it was like an electric shock. It seemed to have been written about me.

Some days acutely so.

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Song written © Peter Green and performed by Fleetwood Mac

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Man Of The World”

Shall I tell you about my life
They say I’m a man of the world
I’ve flown across every tide
And I’ve seen lots of pretty girlsI guess I’ve got everything I need
I wouldn’t ask for more
And there’s no one I’d rather be
But I just wish that I’d never been born

And I need a good woman
To make me feel like a good man should
I don’t say I’m a good man
Oh, but I would be if I could

I could tell you about my life
And keep you amused I’m sure
About all the times I’ve cried
And how I don’t want to be sad anymore
And how I wish I was in love

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Music, Still Life

 

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Everything Now

 

Another of my ‘songs I like but you may not have heard’ posts.  You may well know the band but probably not the track, because it has only just been released.

Arcade Fire are yet another of Canada’s great musical exports. I have been hooked since their first album Funeral in 2004. They are hugely talented multi instrumentalists and have a unique sound and perspective on the world. I saw them a number of years back at the London O2. I have enjoyed many concerts by many different artists but it was one of the most entertaining, exciting and uplifting. When I left with friends at the end of a fantastic evening it was a bitterly cold night but the glow stayed with us way beyond getting home.

This track, co-produced with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, is from their new (5th) album (also entitled ‘Everything now’) which is out in July. I heard the song on the radio yesterday, and again today and already it is firmly lodged. Observant social commentary and excellent music. What more can one ask for?

Play it loud and often.

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Everything Now – Music and Video © Arcade Fire

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

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“Everything Now”

Every inch of sky’s got a star
Every inch of skin’s got a scar
I guess we’ve got everything now

Every inch of space in your head
Is filled up with the things that you read
I guess you’ve got everything now

Everything you’ve ever seen
Fills the spaces up in your dreams
You’ve got everything now

(Everything now)
(Everything now)

Every inch of road’s got a sign
And every boy uses the same line
You’ve just done everything now

Every song that I’ve ever head
Is playing at the same time, it’s absurd
It reminds me, we’ve got everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (Can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Every inch of earth’s got a town
Daddy, how come you never come round?
I miss you, like everything now

We won’t need the food in your stove
Leave your car in the middle of the road
Just help your family with everything now

Turn the speakers up till they break
Cos every time you smile it’s a fake!
Stop pretending, you’ve got…

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!

La La La La La La La
La La La La La La La

Everything now! (I need it)
Everything now! (I want it)
Everything now! (I can’t live without it)
Everything now!
Everything now!
Everything now!

Can we get back again
Can we get back again
From everything now

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Music

 

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Come Undone

 

Come Undone

Another song I like but you might not know.  This is a duet between gravelly voiced American Mark Lanegan and Scottish singer Isobel Campbell. It comes from the third album they have collaborated on together called Hawk, which was released in 2010.

I adore the way their voices work together and the bluesy, tortured, sensual, lost feeling of this track.

I listen to it often, as I am now, sipping a glass of red wine, watching the evening fade, and feeling as if I am in the song.

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Song written by Isobel Campbell © and performed by Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell

(No video I’m afraid – lots of the tracks I like are unpromoted and taken from albums)

This post words only © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

 

“Come Undone”

I stumble and I fall, your time is on my side
Don’t make sense of it all, despite my foolish pride
It’s got me on my knees, tearin’ up my heart
I’m shakin’ at my bones, tearin’ me apart

When I can’t get close to you
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

Time will take its toll, time can break your heart
And if I had the chance, we’d never have to part
Took my only flame, took my one desire
Threw it all away when jumping in the fire

I can’t get close to you
I come undone, come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

When the day is done I lay me down to rest
Everyone will see that I loved you the best
When all is said and done here simple and explain
And if I have the chance I’ll do it all again

But I can’t get close to you
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

I’m not scared of the dark though you tangle and tease me
But worse than your bark you said you’d never leave me
The devil make everybody, don’t please believe me
Oh love of my life, won’t you let me down easy?

Undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone
I come undone, I come undone
Come undone, babe, I come undone

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Music

 

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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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