The Sleep Song

by Lindsay Phillips

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"Written and recorded at intervals between October 2015 and April 2017, THE SLEEP SONG depicts Lindsay at yet another
juncture on the course of life – at home taking care of his young son in a rural farmhouse 1-½ hours north of Stockholm. In fact,
several of these new songs were conceived whilst ‘humming’ his child to sleep by day…perhaps one might discern a nursery-like
quality in some of the melodies displayed here. Lyrically, Lindsay continues to plumb the depths of the morbidity and mortality
of the human condition. The production, performance and presentation of THE SLEEP SONG are entirely the work of the artist."

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released June 20, 2017

For Stellan, who played no small part in creating these songs; and Emelie, who continually makes all things possible.

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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 a third collection of dirges entitled SOLGUDEN and the follow-up, PSALM IV: DEN SISTA SORGEN. Album no.5, THE SLEEP SONG, available as of 06/20/17 ... more

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Track Name: You, Silent You
Through the flames
Over isles and bridges
All of the highways
And deep gorge ridges
With you
Silent you

Caught your eye
Caught a limb...keeled over
The dream will die
As our graves grown over
Track Name: The Sleep Song
Alight is your fortress
To guard against the night
Your eyelids - an island
Unknown and undefiled

And though you'll awake alone
A sleep song will carry you

A shroud - draped in ivory
Unseen to those with sight
Your breath slows to murmur
As black winds pass you by

For all seen and heard...felt and learned
The four winds fill your dreams
With memories
Track Name: For the Love We Knew
Let it rain
Let us start anew
I remain
Indebted to you
For eyes of azure fire
For rings set true
For all of those languid soldiers
That just marched on through

For the love we knew
Track Name: The Harness and the Wing
Old father Meadows
So saintly and so clean
Died in the chapel
Amongst his jewels and rings
Buried together
With harness and a wing
Track Name: A Scar Exposed
Lakes of ire
Funereal fire
You came to me as a dream
Ascend, descend
In ritual, bleeding
Set on course for infamy

And we sing for you, my love
Of the freezing waters below
Of the dream that all will feed
And of those that need to most
Of the raging eyes
That set to blaze those souls of fire and ice

Watchful eye
With winged desire
You lay in wait indignantly
A sordid past
Desirous lust
A scar exposed for all to see
Track Name: Casting Shadows
We are sons and mothers, all
Sharing ills, we face a fall
And it's hard to be wise in turbulent times

Through the night in moonlit streams
We cast shadows over dreams
And it's hard to be kind all of the time

Through the ageless eye
Of centuries passed by
We perceive ourselves;
A godless symphony

As we draw near to flame and plume
Seething mist, encroaching gloom
Track Name: The Resistance
The silos all are empty
This flame will never yield
Take our life-blood, proper
Take this broken seal

They silenced friends and family
Forced to cede defeat
Threatened lives and treaties
Defiled and bred deceit

They came for all of our money
They came to take the claim
But when we fired those muskets
...the fell red blood did rain
Track Name: Regret
The solemn trail through the forest
Was your pleasure in the night
But it haunts you daily...there is no respite
From the anguish that you feel
As the wild-woods you had concealed
...now they are burning
Consumed by the fire

Years on, you're obliged to admit
That you have been wrong
For the toil, the loss and regret
Those arches, golden, lay broken
Track Name: When It Rains (Tears and Ashes)
The black gate is open
Rabid hordes issue through
The clock hands are tethered
And the hours become few
The oceans are rising
Once great rivers are pools
While sentinels gather wealth and privilege
For fools

There's a full moon rising
And graves to be filled
There are tools being sharpened
And no rich soil to till
When it rains tears and ashes
Our songs and voices be stilled

Nations and armies
Spears and arrows fired and thrown
The timely release of dust
Two hemispheres aglow
For twelve million vagrant victims
No direction home
While wage rights and native title
Fill fictional tomes