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Do we now confidently know the lyrics for all the songs on the new album?

If so, someone please post them to this thread and I'll add them to the sticky thread "Lyrics to All Albums and B-sides" for posterity.

The Community Of Hope

The Ministry Of Defence

A Line In The Sand

Chain Of Keys

River Anacostia

Near the Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln

The Orange Monkey

Medicinals

The Ministry Of Social Affairs

The Wheel

Dollar, Dollar

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NOTE from mod DrDark: below are NOT the official lyrics.

The official lyrics are here: http://www.thegardenforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=22539#p22539


01. "The Community Of Hope" (Washington, DC)

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

and here's the 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 just looks like shit-hole -
does that look like a nice place?
Here's the old mental institution,
now the Homeland Security Base,
and here's God's Deliverance Centre,
and deli called M.L.K.

in 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)



04. "Chain Of Keys" (Kosovo)

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" (Washington, DC)

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" (Washington, DC)

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 into plastic chairs

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

Three notes - a 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" (Afghanistan)

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" (Washington, DC)

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" (Afghanistan)

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)



10. "The Wheel" (Kosovo)

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 the revolving wheel
(I heard it was 28,000)

Now you see them, now you don't
Children vanish at 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)
Faded face, trace of an ear
(I heard it was 28,000)

A tableau of the missing
tied to the government building
8000 sun-bleached photographs
Fading with the roses

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

And watch them fade out...



11. "Dollar, Dollar" (Afghanistan)

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



"Homo Sappy Blues" (Washington, DC)

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)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:08 pm 
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Thanks kuk. I've added them. Let me know when we get lyrics for The Ministry of Defence and A Line In The Sand and I'll add them as well.

Is Homo Sappy Blues a confirmed B-side?

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DrDark wrote:
Is Homo Sappy Blues a confirmed B-side?

No, but we do know lyrics for it.

Japanese edition might end up with some bonus track(s).


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NOTE from mod DrDark: below are NOT the official lyrics.

The official lyrics are here: http://www.thegardenforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=22539#p22539


02. The Ministry of Defence

This is the Ministry
Of Defence
The stairs and walls are
All that’s left
The mortar holes let
Through the air
Kids do the same thing
Everywhere

They’ve sprayed graffiti
In Arabic
And balanced sticks
In human shit

This is the Ministry
Of Remains
Fizzy drinks cans
And magazines

Broken glass
A white ??
Syringes, razors
A plastic spoon
Human hair
A kitchen light
And the ghost of a girl
Who runs and hides
Scratched in the wall in
Biro pen

This how the
World will end

There’s the bus depot
To the right
Levelled like
A building site

Those are the children’s
Cries from the dark
These are the words
Writ under the arch
Scratched in the wall
In biro pen

This how the
World will end


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NOTE from mod DrDark: below are NOT the official lyrics.

The official lyrics are here: http://www.thegardenforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=22539#p22539


03. “A Line in the Sand”

How to stop the murdering?
By now we should have learned
If we don’t then we’re a sham
Bad overwhelms the good
Bad overwhelms the good

Ooh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

What I’ve seen?
Yes, it’s changed how
I see human kind
I used to think that
? Though grace was made
We could get something right
We could get something right

Enough is enough
A line in the sand
Seven or eight thousand people
Killed by hand
They stepped off the edge
They did not step back
If we have not learned
By now
Then we’re a sham

When we first got to the camps
Our supplies were not enough
I saw a displaced family
Eating a cold horses hoof
Oh a cold horses hoof

Ooh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

We sent up tents
Brought in water
Airdrops were dispersed
I saw people kill each other
Just to get there first
Oh just to get there first

Enough is enough
A line in the sand
Seven or eight thousand people
Killed by hand
They stepped off the edge
They did not step back
If we have not learned
By now
Then we’re a sham

What we did
Why we did
I make no excuse
We got things wrong
But I believe
We also did some good

What we did
Why we did
I make no excuse
I believe we have a future
To do something good

Ooh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh


(Feel free to correct - I had to use her lyric sheet here to decipher what she was singing! lol)


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somme wrote:
Broken glass
A white ??

"A white jawbone", I think.

Thanks.


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^ I thought I've heard "a white chalkboard", but also I've heard way too much the "white chalk hills...." sentence in this life lol
the end of the sentence sounds like "bone" in fact (and fits that gloom scenario)


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Thanks guys. I've added the lyrics to the sticky thread.

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DrDark wrote:
Thanks guys. I've added the lyrics to the sticky thread.

They added lyrics for the new songs: http://pj.deanr.co/song-lyrics/.

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"A Line in the Sand"

How to stop the murdering? By now we should have learned –
if we don’t then we’re sham, bad overwhelms the good.

What I’ve seen – yes, it’s changed how I see humankind –
I used to think progress was being made, that we could get something right.

When we first got to the camp our supplies were not enough.
I saw a displaced family eating a cold horse’s hoof.

We set up tents, brought in water, air drops were dispersed.
I saw people kill each other just to get there first.

What we did? Why we did it? I make no excuse –
we got things wrong, but we also did some good.

I believe we have a future to do something good.

Enough is enough.
A line in the sand.
Seven or eight thousand
killed by hand.
They stepped off the edge
they did not step back.
If we haven’t learnt by now
then we’re a sham.


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Thanks. I've replaced our home-grown lyrics with the official ones in the sticky thread. I think it's important to get her use of italics in the lyrics correct. She seems to be using them when she's intentionally quoting someone (eg. Community of Hope).

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sorry to boder, but isn't:
"Is this the Ministry of Defence?"


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Black Hearted Love wrote:
sorry to boder, but isn't:
"Is this the Ministry of Defence?"

The song's official title is "The Ministry of Defence".

The first line in the song is "This is the Ministry of Defence" (as shown in the lyrics).

Not sure what problem you're referring to?

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my impression is that the first sentence is a question, not sure so I asked
official lyrics are poems, but in songs she change something, for example:

A Line in the Sand [...]
Seven or eight thousand
killed by hand.

singing she add the word 'people' after 8000, probably to follow the sound of music. So I asked 'cause I'm not a native English speaker :)


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Black Hearted Love wrote:
my impression is that the first sentence is a question, not sure so I asked
official lyrics are poems, but in songs she change something, for example:

A Line in the Sand [...]
Seven or eight thousand
killed by hand.

singing she add the word 'people' after 8000, probably to follow the sound of music. So I asked 'cause I'm not a native English speaker :)

Ah, okay. There are more than a few instances where the official lyrics differ from what she actually sings. For the most part I believe the official lyrics we've shown are literally just that, the official lyrics as shown in the lyrics booklet or on the official web site.

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