When Poets Dreamed of Angels (SSFD #3)

Back in the late 70s, his first band Japan had too quickly been classified as part of the New Romantics wave, maybe because of its Duran-like dress code. So wrong, there was so much more behind their electronic drums.

When the band dissolved in 1983, David Sylvian started his solo career. I fell deeply in love with his profound voice in 1987, when his Secrets of the beehive shattered all my ideas and schemes about music. His songs were a mix of world, ambient and jazz music, his lyrics constantly drenched into a sort of pagan spirituality. Million miles away from the needs of the business, there was some pure beauty in his work, something that unleashed it from the constraints of time and made it the perfect record for my perfect desert island. It still is, almost thirty years after…

Put your earphones on and enjoy, my friends.

“She rises early from bed, runs to the mirror
The bruises inflicted in moments of fury
He kneels beside her once more, whispers a promise
“Next time, I’ll break every bone in your body”

And the well-wishers let the devil in
If the river ran dry, they’d deny it happening

As the card players deal their hands
From the bottom of the deck
Row upon row of feudal houses blown away
Medicine for the popular complaint

When the poets dreamed of angels, what did they see?
History lined up in a flash at their backs
When the poets dreamed of angels, what did they see?
The bishops and knights well placed to attack”

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9 thoughts on “When Poets Dreamed of Angels (SSFD #3)

  1. hbhatnagar December 24, 2015 / 4:30 am

    What did they see? What did I see when I wrote of angels? That’s a heavy question, my friend.

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    • HeavyCloud December 24, 2015 / 7:55 am

      I don’t know, but I tried to dream and write of angels many times and all I saw looked more like Devils from hell… Take care, my friend 😉

      Liked by 2 people

  2. thegreyeye December 24, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Merry Christmas, hope you enjoyed the Christmas market in capitole

    Liked by 1 person

    • HeavyCloud December 25, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Oh yes, thank you, full of glittering and useless things. And some soldiers 😜 merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones! 💙🎄

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Tobe Damit January 10, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Ever since the first time I heard some Japan and Brilliant Trees, I always had an ear on what David Sylvian was doing. Hard to beat when you want to really relax…Maybe Dead Can Dance… Sylvian really is a fantastic artist.

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    • HeavyCloud January 10, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Totally agree about David and Dead Can Dance too! Thank you for stopping by and for your words, my friend. Have a beautiful Sunday.

      Liked by 1 person

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