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Taedium Vitae

by Lindsay Phillips

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    *FOR AUSTRALIAN BUYERS - Copies also available at Thornbury Records, Melbourne.
    Presented in a stunning gatefold jacket with original artwork by Cally Bennett. Includes lyrics. Your choice of black vinyl or VERY limited white (50 only - SOLD OUT).

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Pack all your things in a casket Take a limousine, the subway, or a jet-plane Leave and don’t return…I’ll be waiting
Exile 03:54
You walked among us and the many lapped at your feet No words of comfort issued, nor ever did you speak The laws of silence govern the ways in which we hear And so all hope, then, is nailed to so few It’s not yours to decide It’s not ours to decide But it’s for God to decide If we were born here to live or to die Deep doubt drove herds and hands forlorn on their way Disturbing echoes of the past, unchecked and unnamed “We’re all deserving of our bread” calls the refrain “O to taste such pleasures once again” We cross your chapels and your temples on our path We hear your sermons and your message built to last We see your windows and your walls built to confine As we fade out of knowledge and of time
Two souls on board with leaving at hand In a world of plenty and no joy to be found He said “breathe in me as I’ve breathed in you Let us find one another…let our love start anew Believe in me Believe in me We’re a mystery And I’ll meet you if you’ll meet me” The world still turns, and the oceans trace the moon But the silence gathers where once there were two He’d said “breathe in me as I’ve breathed in you Let us find peace together, let us start life anew”
Moments grow over moments as moss to stone As your wound fallen prey to spores and crosses Stones you’ve thrown cross the water and plague your home You were warned that your words betray the ice in your veins You, whom Hades corrupted, deny ‘Neath the bleak and malevolent skies You choke on the ashes of bridges you’ve burned Centuries wash the blood of the fathers’ deeds And you take to the blade with mirth and vigour Stones you’ve thrown shattered glass and fractured bone In a war of hard words you run a second to none You smile yet you won’t see the clouds that gather Or the wind storm collecting your words which scatter as debris
Abandonment and estrangement At the end of days Like the maker I give life And I take away Your light burns low and your fuse shorts out Left to drift away And you fall to earth like silt And form a mound of grey And all you left reminds me That the hand was held but a sacrifice away Behind your eyes and your vacant smile There sings a maid Of her home where war once raged And she’s home to stay
Covenant 02:28
If you promise me all the ills that plague your mind and your heart Then I’d swallow them whole and expire If you promise me that this world is mine in all of its charm Then l’d take it and tear it all apart At that moment you’ll wake from your dreams Alone and unharmed If you promise me Yet you tell me in soft and whispered tones a truth and a lie And the damage cannot be denied If you’d promise me that all you need is to love and to survive To be gathered in the arms of the Lord of light
There’s a layer of dust upon the throne And a row of stitches come undone If they’d held together tightly There’d be no purpose for a song Or the drapes that shut the daylight from a home Lady Grey is justified in red In an oak wood coffin, in her bed In her mind it makes no difference If she’s defiant or dethroned Or the secretary-general to the dead California, leaving all behind For deep cuts, hard labour in the mines Disenchanted with the vision Of them that toiled so long and hard From the crossroads, the lost highway runs the miles
Sans Light 01:54
Break your bread on the stone This world is unknown It’s a frightening thing Only you, you and the Lord Knows where you’ve been Fire, baptism alive We render the past A forgettable thing Shades of death urge you on To your spiritual home The utopian dream Fire, baptism alive We forget the past As a regrettable thing Caught on the fences Fell into the pit Tied to the pendulum Painted with sin Led into the forest And the struggle within
Tensions rising high They burn with fear and sting our eyes But the water won’t be long Sweet relief arrives to carry us to grave and stone Shield you from the night In dreams we wake to find That the walls are not so strong Though we’re married to our promise they won’t hold for long Here we bleed in uncertainty For the old and young And our final song
Don’t leave me now, don’t leave me now For our time together has only begun I raised you as an only child In a room for two as your father did run I worked for you and I bled for you I taught you with love, but you opted for the gun And the wolves close in on you by day And they say that the gallows, for you, does await What, my darling? What have you done? Did you murder them children with dog and with gun?
As the fallen give way Just as night eyes seek day With the mind of a child And its terminal smile Can we right all the wrongs? Can we sing all the songs? As we dance over graves Of our martyrs and saints Let the candle burn down Let the warning bell sound Let us drink to decay And the end of all days


released April 2, 2012

produced by Myles Mumford
recorded at Atlantis Sound and Headgap
mixed by Myles Mumford
mastered by Simon Grounds
sousaphone/double bass by Howard Cairns
mellotron/piano/organ by Ade Vincent
percussion by Nat Grant
piano/harmonium by Simon Grounds
additional vocal by Myles Mumford
trombone by Monte Mumford
additional vocal by Fergus McAlpin
additional vocal by Sara Retallick
spoken word by Emelie Pettersson
pedal steel by Seamus O'Sullivan
additional vocal by Mijo Biscan
additional vocal by Andrew Keese
viola by Jason Bunn
artwork/design by Cally Bennett
a Departed Sounds release


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Lindsay Phillips Sweden

Following on from his debut full-length VARNING, Australian born Lindsay Phillips' sophomore effort TAEDIUM VITAE was released in April 2012, and shortly thereafter, the sombre NECROPOLIS single. He now resides in Sweden, where Lindsay has self-recorded albums SOLGUDEN and PSALM IV: DEN SISTA SORGEN. Album no.5, THE SLEEP SONG and a subsequent single, UPON THE WIND'S CALL, were released in 2017. ... more

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