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Love In the Form of Death, and Other Guises

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A sonic meditation in a minor key, Love in the form of Death, and other Guises is the debut record for London based electric folk project: The Killing Words.

An exploration of human relationships, beginning with departure, moving through lust denial, dissent, disbelief, reconnection, transcendence and ending eventually with the acceptance of desolation. This score, sketched out around on the focus of ones love for another is intended as a single sound sculpture, akin to a soundtrack in, rhythm, and tonality. Each epic tale is interwoven with electric guitar soundscapes, hematic elements and natural field recordings.

Musically it borrows heavily from the concept albums of Van Morrison, Johnny Cash and Neil Young. Poetically, Love... aims to capture some of the influences of Badiou, from whose philosophy the metaphysics at the centre of the album is derived. Exemplary of this is The Townes Van Zandt-esque ditty, Isle of Dogs Isle of Dreams, which cascades into waves of oscillating delay and electronic noise. The principal annonymous songwriter is joined by several label buddies including Kelly Saunders, Des Miller and special guest vocalist Lucy Kaldor (on Praised Be The Day).

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released September 1, 2009

Written, Recorded, Performed, Produced, and Mixed by The Killing Word:

Including :
Track 5 Which Includes Kelly Saunders on Vocal

Track 8 Recorded also by Des Miller, performed by Lucy Kaldor, Des Miller, and The Killing Words

Track 9 Which includes Kelly Saunders on Vocal

Thanks to:
Broken Stone Records for the support, Lucy Kaldor, Kelly Saunders, and Des Miller for a amazing contributions (three legs of a table), Greedy Hen (Katherine and Kate) for amazing artworks here, there and everywhere, Chris Rudge (as the once and future King), Tim Gotterson (for assistance behind the board), Big Willy on the mix down, Richard (and His Mind) for their equipment in Sydney, Alain Badiou (Lighting)

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My mind is an ashtray
Filled with coins-
But an ashtray nonetheless
Dreams of avarice, dreams
of returning to the fold. Dreams
of St. Francis of Assisi- out there all alone
Naked within the wilderness,
vision well-sprung bittersweet
bearing down on the bottom of the barrel-
But dreams of avarice nonetheless.
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Track Name: Her Face
And I was free from then
Though skin did break and tear
And I, I could not dare
To Turn around in fear

The night moved on
Drifting Down
And Her face, was a hazy gaze
Her Face Was a Hazy Gaze

The street lamps they shone molasses
The mist it filtered none
While the snow it filtered vision
‘till colour was all but gone

The night…
Track Name: The Killer Mountain Blues
I saw you comin’ down from Killer Mountain,
With the sunlight in your auburn hair
I saw you coming down from Killer Mountain,
Kicking up a whirlwind in the air.

Now my fortune’s messed around,
Oh Well Mamma I guess you let me down

You said you’d be a lover not a stranger
You said there wasn’t any thing to do
You said you’d be a lover not a stranger
Oh well mamma I put my faith in you

Now my fortune’s...

I saw you walking round here with your new beau
I can’t believe that he is so impressed
I saw you walking round here with your new beau
Just like me you’ll leave him in a mess

I can’t believe that you have found another,
I thought we’d have some children in the end
I can’t believe that you have found another
I thought we’d have some children in the end

Now my fortune’s…
Now my fortune’s…
Now my fortune’s…
Track Name: So I'm Not Even In This
[There is rain. In the distance, there is thunder]

It’s ok with me my love
If you want to dance out in the rain
Suffice to say nothing changes
And everything it remains the came

(‘cause you)
Can’t see it
You can’t know it
You wont find it
Anyway
(yeah you)
Can’t see it
You can’t know it
You won’t find it anyway

Forget about those things last night
And pretend it’s going all right
I don’t suppose you think you’ll find
The inner workings of my mind

(‘cause you)
Can’t see it…


You may think you better than me
And at that point I do agree
But at least I know that I can see
When somebody’s got the better of me

(But you)
Can’t see it…

Say you don’t know me, Say you’ve out grown me
Say you ain’t met me, better still
And if we should meet, out on the street
Don’t you cross the road ‘cause you know I will

(And You)
Can’t see it … (x3)

[Further thunder sounds]
Track Name: Sitting at the Bottom of a Well With a Hole in the Head
[The Rain Continues]

Hey!
What’s my name?
What’s my name?
How’d I get here?

Hey!
Remember me
Remember me please
The night ‘till the day

It’s cold
It’s cold as hell
Down here in the well
(I feel alone)

Hey!
What’s my name?
What’s my name?
Remember me

These hours
They light the tears
They raise the fears,
Till they burn like a flame

[A car horn beeps]

Hey.
What’s my name!
What’s my name?
How’d I get here?

It’s hard
It’s hard in the head
With a hole in the head
And a leaky brain
Track Name: The Darkest Day
You may be at the end of life
You may be born anew
But I know that come the end
You will be a-runnin’ too

You may be the next in line
Maybe you have jumped the queue
But I know that come the end
You will be a-runnin’ too

You may speak naught but lies
You may speak the honest truth
But I know that come the end
You will be a-runnin’ too

[The chorus enters]

You may thing that I am wise
You may take me for a fool
You will be a-runnin’ too

[Coda]
Track Name: Isle of Dogs, Isle of Dreams
Sit on down now sugar
Take a little rest now easy
I have come to see you sigh
God I miss you lately,
How my eyes have burned
With every little smile that’s come my way

And heaven knows we’re angry
At the lot’s we’ve drawn
But we can cast those lots away
So rest your head down honey
Rest your little head on mine
Tonight we’ll throw it all away
(And then I’ll sing)

I’ll throw away all my charm
It’s as useless as a false alarm
Come on angel light my way
I’m sick of all the years I’ve stalled
Like a man at a masquerade ball
I’m tired of slipping away.

Phone cards that have got no money
Post cards that ain’t that funny
I’m sick of living the life I lead
I paid a poet pennies,
For some prose about this city,
He cut me up, to know I bleed
(and then I bleed)

Every minute is another meltdown
Every second is a minute’s breakdown
I’m falling down I’m on my knees
I’d pay the Devil his charge
Just to have you in my arms
My soul is his
but at least my spirit would be free (and)

I’ll throw away all my charm
It’s as useless as a false alarm
Come on angel light my way
I’m sick of all the years I’ve stalled
Like a man at a masquerade ball
I’m tired of slipping away.

Away, away…
Oh….
Track Name: Praised be the Day
Praised be the day!
When the lock is turned with our key!
The change that must come will be,
And vision remain

The mist shall concede the day
The fog-of-war leave our minds
Enemies will vanquished be
We’ll regain command

Pain is a muse they say
And anger her poetry
And I am her cavalry
And sometimes her hand

Ignorance is a whore
Sanity her bedfellow
And many times we have fell
From what we should be

What we should be
Is stronger than those before
We must learn to accept
The weakness in man

Temperament rules the way
With troughs full of wasted time
And millions wait there in line
Consumed by the game

Wisdoms become no more
Reasons replaced its thread
And knowledge is sold instead
Of learnt or retained

And all this is borne
By you whose waters have grown
But now on dry land have thrown
The promise away

Confusion’s planted and sown
Calculated and planned
We can’t even raise our hand!
Because we don’t know its there

And silence speaks of defeat
The wind it must carry sound
Clarity must abound
And dust swept away

Fates altered and torn
Truth shall be gained anew
And happiness brought to you
By your own hand
By your own hand
By your own hand
By your own hand
Track Name: Fades Away (The Killing Words)
We while away the desperate day
Back and forth in swift decay
But no more this endless dream
I’ve lined that pit with gasoline

It seems this time we have some say
But every night we’re drawn away
And battered flesh sinew and bone
Have left our minds to walk alone

And so it goes, my brain explodes
(And so it slowly fades away)

And shifting shapes of endless dreams
The flood the Nile you kept within
These Killing Words they come between
A kind of lie, a kind of scream

And so It goes, my soul implodes
(And so it slowly fades away)

[Utterances]
Track Name: Prometheus & Io
She came,
And planted a rose for me
And every day she blew my mind
And I’m alone again
I groan again
But one day I’ll be whole and then!

She came to me
and when she smiled at me she blinded me
For her face was the sun
But in the darkness
She was swept away (yeah) by the Wheel of Fate
And every day now I’m alone

She came,
From the land of the Cherokee
And she said that she was one
And then she laughed when I spoke with my pathetic tongue
And said she’d have to fly away

We watched the road away as it turned to silver grey
From its honey golden brown
And I tried to fight the night away as it turned to day
But in the end the day it won
(it won, it won…)

She came
Across the burning sea
On that lovely day
I sat among the falling leaves
As she came up toward the trees
From the beach
She came toward me
And I knelt before She
And She said that “I adore thee,
I adore thee!
I adore the way you smile for me
And try for me
So keep on trying for me baby
Yeah now my baby
We can be as one"
(As one as one…)
Track Name: Home Again (The Killing Words)
Well you know that I don’t care
When I come home to find there’s flowers in your hair
That is just a pipe-dream full of despair
For I know that I will not have you my dear

And it drives the point straight home to me again
Yes it drives the point straight to me again
Yes it drives the point straight home to me again
Yes it drives the point straight home to me again

Don’t let the day be judged by me
I am a lonely drunken man, I cannot see
I wouldn’t have no faith even if I believed
I can’t see no kindness so I’ll never grieve

And it breaks me in two again
Yes it breaks me in two again
This all breaks me in two again
Yes it breaks me in two again

And this drives the point straight home to me again
Yes this drives the point straight home to me again
This all drives the point straight home to me again
Yes this drives the point straight home to me again

(well) I hope this drives the point straight home to you again
I hope this all drives the point straight home to you again
I hope this all drives the point straight home to you again
I hope this all drives the point straight home to you…
To You …
To You…