Inside the Gates of Splendourville

by Halfblind Henry

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The Approach 02:04
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The Petitioner´s Rain Dance written by Halfblind Henry We see the plumfaced midgets planting hyacinths in the dust drawing maps of imaginary gardens to overcome their wanderlust The mirror is an image we all love to believe in except when we´re alone and a seductive voice is whispering Hang your suit, drop your case This is home Let me tell you in dreamland they´ve got nightmares, too The queen and her faithful rooks play the game of counting noughts while the bishop envies knight moves it´s all too easy to read their thoughts Second hand customers curiously waiting for someone to tell them what they´re waiting for While they´re filing through their options nothing can scare them but the closing of an automatic door We see them floating into the pavilion of randomness I really dig your hairdo it´s not the case that I don´t care I just feel a little dizzy after drinking from the angels´share If you´ve got nothing to say if you´ve got nothing to do it´s pointless to be around so I´ll best be on my way choices are getting few when the drums begin to pound and spring is still a long time coming
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Small Town Beauty written by Halfblind Henry Care for the ones who care for you Don´t dare to run to where all dreams come true She was a hard working small town beauty always wearing her best on Sundays Maintenance of the good life was her duty after teasing the boys, back in the fun days in their baggy t-shirts with funny cartoons at the barbecues under the harvest moon Care for the ones who care for you Don´t dare to run to where all dreams come true She found refuge on the beach a place to embrace the ocean With her real love forever out of reach she finally gave in to a notion She had wanted her heroes to be valiant She had grown tired of storefront stimulants Care for the ones who care for you Don´t dare to run to where all dreams come true
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On a Soft September Morning written by Halfblind Henry You smiled at your cute little daughter wrapped up in your arms so tight The favourite toy always within reach She could repeat all you had taught her some dance steps, a poem to recite with all her clumsiness and limited speach You introduced her as the odd attraction to neighbours and friends who cheered at the distraction You showed her the game such fun to play yes, and who is to blame just for acting it out their way And the goodies were plenty on birthdays and such it was hard to tell the differrence between everything and too much All creatures got a mind of their own Everybody likes a story to be true No-one likes to be left alone But, then again, maybe they do On a soft September morning standing on your front lawn watching the twinkling dew drops A songbird is singing just a little too loud
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Folk Song 05:19
Folk Song written by Halfblind Henry The bum is dumpster diving all over town return bottles earn him plenty of change Every night you can see him on his busy round He´s got every detail of his life arranged He never listens to the buskers sing He´s in it for the bliss that empty bottles bring Them gangsta boys are always looking for a fight trying to act real mean, trying to look real fierce But they´re a little soft spoken tonight ´cause they´ve just had their buttholes pierced At the end of the line it boils down to one thing: It´s a cause without rebels, this crowd just wants funding There´s public screening in the streets tonight a new sensation´s on display Everybody knows what they´ll get is crap but they crave it anyway Everybody´s got an armful of tattoos Everybody´s complaining about the crisis Everybody´s got their own substance to abuse Everybody´s talking to their own devices They´ve all got nothing left but a lot to lose They´ve all got their own definition of the blues Trying to keep up an outcast´s notoriety while becoming a part of society all the new slogans don´t sound so outrageous these days cheap talk is really contagious So find a bigger shadow to walk by your side trade in lost hope for a fistful of pride Something´s gonna come this way you say and we can have it all for free But whatever this way comes, I guess something wicked it will be Everyone agrees, the victims need a voice Everybody´s crying about the suffering they´ve seen but when it finally comes to making a choice everybody´s opting for a bigger screen But no-one wants to watch this thing alone No-one tries to be smarter than their phone So come and see me tonight my dear I will share my best bottle of wine We could sit real close and shed a tear for auld lang syne
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Pictures Of Sunsets written by Halfblind Henry From somewhere to nowhere in silent flight Counting coins at the station The odd life takes its toll From here it´s only three steps to daylight No sense of destination No guideline for the soul The cinemascope sky is wider than ever before but I don´t take pictures of sunsets anymore Too early to speak, too busy too dream Watching the amazing dance of iridescent clouds Aseptic people in absurd magazines The conspicuous trance of the cannibal crowd There´s broken glass and petals and vomit all over the floor but I don´t take pictures of sunsets anymore The girls on the beach never keep a promise They reside on their towels like mermaids on their rocks Like an awkward pretence of Adonis the fisherman´s on the prowl but the whole scenery is just a crock The sun is glowing and waves are crashing on the shore but I don´t take pictures of sunsets anymore Tunes of sedation are playing galore but I don´t take pictures of sunsets anymore
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You And Me And Winston Smith written by Halfblind Henry Something good is a-coming round the bend Something good is a-coming round the bend Something good is a-coming round the bend Something good is a-coming coming for you my friend. Something good is a-coming sure and slow Something good is a-coming sure and slow Something good is a-coming sure and slow Something good is a-coming and that is all I know Something´s happening here for all to see Something´s happening here for all to see Something´s happening here for all to see Something´s happening while you´re watching your tv Keep on keeping on like Winston Smith Keep on keeping on like Winston Smith Keep on keeping on like Winston Smith Keep on keeping on tell us all about the one you´re with Something good is a-coming down the line Something good is a-coming down the line Something good is a-coming down the line Like a giant sun it´s gonna shine, shine, shine
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Breakthrough 02:14
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Beg, Steal or Borrow written by Halfblind Henry We´ve been walking streets of pity that never change their names We´ve been talking to people in the city forever hooked on games We´ve been riding on a slow train between stations out of bounds They saw us striding along the slow lane furloughed patients coming round Stripped of all virtue stripped of all shame Love, we´re getting ready to call you by your name Realms of rapture realms of glory hungry pilgrims on the run It´s not captured in the story but they killed them one by one Beg, steal and borrow to keep from starving a coin to toss is all that´s mine This time tomorrow my little darling we will cross the borderline Stripped.... Let us know your name
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Out Of The Zoo written by Halfblind Henry Don't be ugly quit that stare most unaware Don't be jealous better take care of what´s to share Don't look at us Don't look now Stop acting like a tourist in a gift shop Some things soon will change Some things have to be done From here on it's gonna be Out of the zoo and into the jungle Don't be funny quit the way you walk quit the way you talk Don't be clever hiding your shame for playing games Don't look at us Don't look now Adopt a point of view that isn't entirely pointless Some things soon will change Some things have to be done From here on it's gonna be Out of the zoo and into the jungle insecurity indignity generosity humility charity hypocrisy fragility integrity fun society false policy asymmetry volatility insufficiency Don't be ugly quit that stare Don't be jealous Better take care Don't be funny quit the way you walk quit the way you talk Don't be clever Playing games Playing clever games Don't look at us Don't look now Don't look at us Don't look now Stop
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The Magazine Girl written by Halfblind Henry Her dark sunglasses hold back a wave of dyed hair she's toting a lifestyle magazine she picked up somewhere Her necklace is made of vintage chain and pearls Her designer handbag's full of women's tools She's a child of the modern world but she lives by a different set of rules As she's walking across the hall she looks so self-assured and tall drawing the line line between the false and the true she knows exactly where she's going to She won´t play no games She's got a hundred names Nothing will be the same the gate is closing now She's been to school and learned her lessons well She knows more about us than anyone can tell Turning on one high heel while checking her mobile a strange look of commitment in her eyes Swiftly slipping through the turnstile as the blast takes everybody by surprise And it only goes to show behind everything there's something you don't know You can't judge someone by the style of clothes you never would have guessed she was one of those She won´t play no games She's got a hundred names Nothing will be the same the gate is closing now Long ago she made a promise you never would have wanted her to keep She had this dream about awakening while you would watch her sound asleep
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Frontier 11:36
Frontier written by Halfblind Henry You stole away from the crowd as things got eerier and the talk got loud about a superior race You settled at the frontier to avoid having to cross the line Now you spend your days rearranging the interior of this place around a makeshift shrine I travelled so far in search of purity leaving broken words and shattered trust behind me Here I wrap myself in smooth obscurity so the recollectors of the past will never find me These streets, so familiar yet so strange We could walk about in this town forever if it weren´t for the dead ends... But we´ve come much too late to redefine love and hate friends by nature, strangers by design I´ll leave you with yours, you´ll leave me with mine Somewhere a synthetic church bell is ringing blasting out fake, distorted chimes Toothless children, dressed up like dolls are singing stupid nursery rhymes, mercilessly out of tune, hopelessly out of time Standing on a corner like junkies trying to score grumpy old men are watching spray painted dogs on parade Spiteful, oblivious and inevitably bored they are waiting for something to come out of the shade The skywatcher on duty wipes a tear out of his eye He´s seen it all, he knows what´s flying low and what´s flying high He´s been in service for so long he know´s every flying object flying by Out here you can´t tell the bottom from the top Out here everything is plain and old Out here you hold on to what you´ve got Out here you can´t trade your conscience for silver and gold Out here the wind will never stop Out here it´s cold There´s nothing but the sand, the road and the sky and a single nightbird rehearsing its cry where you and I remain sitting on the steps of the abandoned depot like lovers waiting for their lovers
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credits

released August 25, 2017

Recorded at The Tower Room, Berlin and Friend´s Nest, Willis, OK

Halfblind Henry - words and music, all instruments, voices, programming

Jonas Piknias - mastering (all tracks with vocals)

Yensin Jahn - recording and editing advice

Ariadne Ullner - drawings

Albert Kranich - design and concept

Jillian-Beth Stamos-Kaschke - proofreading

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