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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:01 pm 
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Image: PJ Harvey and musicians rehearse amongst cables, pedals and instruments including drum kit, saxophone, autoharp and ornate hurdy gurdy in the pristine white recording studio as audience members watch through one-way glass at Somerset House, January, 2015. Photograph: Stephen White
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Now, that's truly amazing picture!! Finally!

And a BIGGER ONE:

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Superb! thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:13 pm 
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Picture on the right from it should be "The Ministry of Defence".


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:46 am 
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When are we going to get a release date, come on Polly :down:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:06 pm 
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23rd January, 2015:

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And this one, which I've posted before, is from 29th January, 2015:

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Exactly a year ago today. )))


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:20 pm 
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Can anyone direct me to a comprehensive list of songs that were recorded for the album? I'm curious how many were recorded/written altogether.


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01 "The Community Of Hope": song documents Hope VI, the US' flawed project to clear out and replace dilapidated social housing –
and not always with the same number of residences.

Spoiler! :


Here's the Hope Six Demolition Project
stretching down the Benning Road -
the well-known "pathway of death",
at least that's what I'm told

and here's one sit-down restaurant in Ward Seven. Nice.
Okay, now this is just drug town, just zombies,
but that's just life

in The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope, hope, hope, hope

Here's the highway to death and destruction
South Capitol is its name
and the school that's looks like shit-hole -
does that look like a nice place?
Here's the old mental institution
and the Homeland Security Base
and here's God's Deliverance Centre
and deli called M.L.K. [Martin Luther King]

and The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope, hope, hope, hope

They're gonna put a Walmart here (×8)


02 "The Ministry of Defence"

Spoiler! :


03 "A Line In The Sand": "Enough is enough, a line in the sand, 7 or 8 thousand people killed by a hand", "I saw people kill each other just to get there first"; note "clapping".

04 "Chain Of Keys": guitar orchestra and Russian gospel choir, note "swing feel?".

Spoiler! :


Fifteen keys
Fifteen keys are hang on chain
The chain is joint
The chain is joint and forms a ring
The ring is in
The ring is in a woman's hand
She's walking on
She's walking on the dusty ground

The dusty ground's a dead-end track
The neighbours won't be coming back

Fifteen gardens overgrown,
fifteen houses falling down...

The woman's old
The woman's old and dressed in black
She keeps her hands
She keeps her hands behind her back
Imagine what
Imagine what her eyes have seen
We ask, but she
We ask, but she won't let us in

A key so simple and so small -
how can it mean no chance at all?
A key - a promise, or a wish;
how can it mean such hopelessness?

"A circle is broken", she says
"A circle is broken", she says...


05 "River Anacostia": about predominantly African-American district in Washington DC that was segregated by the
construction of a freeway.

Spoiler! :


Oh my Anacostia
do not sigh, do not weep
Beneath the overpass
your Savior's waiting patiently

Walking on the water
flowing with the poisons
from the naval yards
He's talking to the fallen reeds

Saying "What will become of us?"
What will become of us?
Oh...

Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

A small red sun makes way for night
trails away like a tail light
Is that Jesus on the water
talking to the fallen trees?

Saying "What will become of us?"
What will become of us?
Oh...

Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water (×3)

What will become if God's gonna trouble waters? (×3)
Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water (×3)

Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water


06 "Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln"

Spoiler! :


All Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln (×4)

At the refreshments stand
a boy throws out his hands
as if to feed the starlings,
but really he throws nothing

It's just to watch them jump
See the people coming
They moving over the grass
to squeze in two plastic chairs

All Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln (×4)

Three notes on the bugle call
A black man in overalls
arrives to empty the trash,
hauls it to a metal hatch
a doorway opens up
to the underworld

The boy throws empty hands
and the starlings jump

All Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln (×4)


07 "The Orange Monkey"

Spoiler! :
A restlessness took hold my brain
and questions I could not hold back
An orange monkey on a chain
on a bleak uneven track

told me that to understand
you must travel back time
I took a plane to a foreign land
and said, "I'll write down what I find"

Beneath a mountain's jagged shelves
cloaked with snow and shadows sheer
plates tipped up upon themselves
the pain of fifty million years

and mules and goats were running wild
A happy chaos carried on
and old men and the young boys smiled
and worked until the day was gone

The packs of sandy-coloured dogs
walked streets that looked like building sites
but piles of rocks and dust and smog
could not block out a different light

When I returned I ran to meet
the monkey, but his face had changed
He stood before me on two feet
The track was now a motorway


08 "Medicinals"

Spoiler! :
I was walking thru the National Mall,
thinking about medicinals, how they used to grow there

When the ground was a marshland
undisturbed by human hands, and I heard their voices:

Sumac said "We're always here"
Witch Hazel - "We're always here"
Sassafras - "We're always here"
Bluestem grasses always here

I looked about, and what I see?
Medicinals grow around me, rising from the gravel
Sumac and the Witch Hazel
Come to soothe our primal (?) sores, come to soothe our troubles

Sumac said "We're always here"
Witch Hazel - "We're always here"
Sassafras - "We're always here"
Bluestem grass is always here

But do you see that woman, sitting in the wheelchair?
With her Redskins cap on backwards
What's that she's singing?
As from inside a paper wrapper
she sips from a bottle
a new painkiller
for the native people.


09 "The Ministry of Social Affairs"

Spoiler! :
Song is built around a leery old blues song, "That's What They Want" by Jerry McCain & His Upstarts, whose
refrain – "That's what they want / Oh yeah / Money, honey" – Polly sings through an alien vocal effect.





That's what they want, oh yeah,
Money, honey (×4)

See them sitting, in the rain
As the sky is darkening
Three lines of traffic, are edging past
The ministry of social affairs

At a junction on the ground
an amputee and a pregnant hound
Sit by the young men with withered arms
As if death had already passed

Through every alleyway, and left
A million beggars silhouettes
Near where the money changers sit
By their locked glass cabinets

What has happened, let's go and ask
The ministry of social affairs
Near where the money changers sit
By their locked glass cabinets

That's what they want, oh yeah,
Money, honey (×6)

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10 "The Wheel"

Spoiler! :


A revolving wheel of metal chairs
Hung on chains, squealing
Four little children flying out
A blind man sings in Arabic

Hey little children don't disappear
(I heard it was 28,000)
Lost upon a revolving wheel
(I heard it was 28,000)

Now you see them, now you don't
Children vanish behind a vehicle
Now you see them, now you don't
Faces, limbs, a bouncing skull

Hey little children don't disappear
(I heard it was 28,000)
All that's left after a year
(I heard it was 28,000)
A faded face, the trace of an ear
(I heard it was 28,000)

A tableau of the missing
Tied to the government building
8000 sun-bleached photographs
Faded with the roses

Hey little children don't disappear
(I heard it was 28,000)
Lost upon a revolving wheel
(I heard it was 28,000)
All that's left after a year
(I heard it was 28,000)
A faded face, the trace of an ear
(I heard it was 28,000)

And watch them fade out
And watch them fade out

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11 "Dollar, Dollar": begins with a sample of the beggars whose cry gives it its title.

Spoiler! :
A boy stares through the glass
He's saying "dollar dollar"
Three lines of traffic past
We're trapped inside our car
His voice says "dollar dollar"

I turn to you to ask
For something we could offer
Three lines of traffic past
We pull away so fast
All my words get swallowed

In the rear view glass
A face pock-marked and hollow
He's saying "dollar dollar"
I can't look through or past

They say "dollar dollar"
A face pock-marked and hollow
Staring from the glass



+ + +

"Age of the Dollar", "The Boy"

[John Parish called "The Boy" an "awful" song, and the band insisted on that Polly should cross it out of the setlist, so this song is probably didn't finished.]

+ + +

"Imagine This": first song that she wrote after "Let England Shake" - Feb 2012, "for the Chain Letter project";
"Imagine this: around your eyes/ a rag is tied/ and you're on a track /right hand on the back /of another man";
blindfolded men being led away to a watery grave.

"Homo Sappy Blues": before the recording, it intended to be a potential lead single, but they changed it a lot; note "man to sing".

Spoiler! :
Jaw and a leg bones, reconstructed skull
On continents or oceans
They died so young

What God sent you,
sent you from your cave?
I need your wisdom
Homo Sapiens

Path of your migration
Is marked upon a map
Looking like a tattoo
On a kid's forhead

What God sent you,
sent you from your cave?
I need your wisdom
If only for a day

What God sent you? (x2)

They dying young around here
With a hunger in their guts
And a taste for vodka
Their friends' faces on their shirts

Last year they killed one
Just for his shoes
Tell me what God sent you?
I got the Homo Sappy Blues

What God sent you? (×2)


"Guilty": song recounts a drone attack as witnessed through a grainy surveillance screen - "There's a little figure
/ on the television / scratching on the ground / waiting for the moment"; "What’s he doing with that stick? /
Which one is guilty?".

"UNHCR" (UN High Commission for Refugees In The Field): "How to stop the murdering? / By now we should have learned"; "What we did / Why we did it / I make no excuse /
I believe in the future we could do some good" (?).

"I'll Be Waiting": she wanted the guitar to be stuttering, in a bid to try and replicate the stuttering of children
suffering from post-war trauma; she wants a young boy to take the lead and that she would shadow him;
based on the poem "The Children" (?).

Some fan even wrote down the lyrics by the ear:

Spoiler! :
"I'll Be Waiting"


They swept across the land
They did not leave a thing
They did not leave a person
A stone or a tree

They did not leave anything
They did not leave anything

All they left is sand
All they left is sand

I remember father
I remember him
Every minute I remember
Every moment

Now I hate everyone
Now I hate everyone
Before I used to love

One day God shall grow
One day God shall grow
From their graves
When they return

Over their graves
I will be waiting
And when they return
I will be waiting

I will not leave a person
Standing
I will not leave anything
I will not leave anything

All I'll leave is sand
All I'll leave is sand

And then God shall grow
And then God shall grow
From their graves
When they return

God will be growing
Over their graves
I will be waiting
When they return

From another source: "I cannot forget / my father or brother/ they were killed / right in front of me"; "Now I hate everyone / Before I used to love all people".


"A Dog Called Money": based upon the poem "A Guy Who Knows What the Fuck's Going On" (?).
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I counted 19 altogether - just like in the very first recording reports: "chart on the wall with 19 titles".


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:17 pm 
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I had assumes Imagine This was the same song as Around Your Eyes


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:27 pm 
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Kujjj wrote:
I had assumes Imagine This was the same song as Around Your Eyes

Seems logical, fixed. )))


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:15 pm 
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Thanks, Kuk91, for the detailed reply. I really hope that we get to hear the other 9 songs.


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Wow, great job Kuk!

Regarding Homo Sappy Blues, that title reminds me a bit of Captain Beefheart's My Human Gets me Blues from 1969's Trout Mask Replica. The lyrics and intent of Don's song seem utterly different than Polly's however.

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