A Beautiful Shade Of Blue

by The Floral Clocks

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A Beautiful Shade of Blue is our second album (written over 2015-16 and recorded in January 2017). The songs explore a variety of landscapes, and range from the atmospheric to the darkly comic.

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released May 6, 2017

All music by Gabriel White
Lyrics by Richard von Sturmer
Photography by Richard von Sturmer
Design by Markus Hofko
Mixed by Morgan Allen, Depot Sound
Mastered by Sage Audio

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Track Name: The Tide Goes Out
The tide goes out
A long long way
Tomorrow’s never going to be
Just another day

A long long way
Between the fence posts
The fields are full
Of angry ghosts

Don’t even ask me why
Why I’m so remote

I hold my head
In these hands
And look down at
Each grain of sand

It makes no sense
It’s beyond belief
Nothing you can do or say
Will bring me any relief

The tide goes out
A long long way
Tomorrow’s never going to be
Just another day

A long long way
Between the fence posts
The fields are full
Of angry ghosts

Don’t even ask me why
Why I’m so remote
Track Name: Black Mountain
A cockroach lives
Behind the kitchen clock
It comes out
After ten at night
When the house is dark
And the sodium lights
Stretch across the bridge
To a black mountain
A black mountain

Time is just
A slave of space
It takes a week to
Walk round the base
Of a black mountain
A black mountain

Nothing grows
On the slopes
There’s a point where
You give up hope
On a black mountain
A black mountain

The stars are hard
In an endless sky
You live your life
And then you die
On a black mountain
A black mountain
Track Name: A Dreaming Land
The child has
A long chin
She leans it on
A knuckled hand
Waiting for the world
To begin
Rain falls outside
The window
On the edge of
A dreaming land

And I am like
A cosmonaut
Who returns to
His father’s house
By a lake that
No-one
Understands

A lake of wind
Rippling
Of weeds
Drifting
On the edge of
A dreaming land
Track Name: It's Great To Be Without A Head
It’s great to be without a head
You can throw your arms around instead
Stay up late
Never go to bed
It’s great to be without a head

You don’t need to worry about your hair
Or about a single thing
No thought passes between your ears
Because your ears aren’t even there

It’s great to be without a head
It has many advantages
You don’t need to be smart
Or well read
It’s great to be without a head

No one will recognize you
And there’s nothing that you can’t do

It’s great to be without a head

You don’t get depressed or annoyed
Everything’s a perfect void
No need to mention Jung or Freud

It’s great to be without a head
It’s great to be without a head
Track Name: Red Capsule
She departed
On her own trajectory
A red capsule
Sending back signals
From a distant galaxy

Just shadows behind
A hospital curtain
Where nothing is real
And nothing is certain

An overdose
Of forgotten pleasures
Bright object floating around
In the ether

Syringe, scalpel
And stethoscope
Her favourite teacup
Filled with smoke

There’s a light in everything
That’s how the cracks gets in

She departed
On her own trajectory
A red capsule
Sending back signals
From a distant galaxy

Just shadows behind
A hospital curtain
Where nothing is real
And nothing is certain
Track Name: Nevada Dada
Nevada dada
Nevada dada
Frank Sinatra
Is a cactus

Don’t speak ill
Of the dead

Nevada dada
Nevada dada
Bodies are
Buried under the sand

Don’t speak ill
Of the dead

They have fingers
Golden fingers
And ashtrays
Made of bone

Don’t speak ill
Of the dead
They never did you
Any harm

There are cattle
On Mars
Believe that believe
Anything at all

Just keep them
Doggies rollin’
Into the void

Nevada dada
Nevada dada
Track Name: Avenue of Return
I’ve gone so far
In one direction
I need an avenue of return

Pour l’avenue de retour
Vous devez renoncer à tout espoir

It’s hard
In the forgotten hour
To retrace my steps
On a hillside
Through the burnt trees
As the sun begins to set

Pour l’avenue de retour
Vous devez renoncer à tout espoir
Track Name: Around the Margins
I roam around the margins
With a group of friends
We don’t seem to fit
Into any programme

There’s a love of rust
A love of decay
We stay up all night
For the break of day

One has a limp
One wears a frown
One looks like he’s spent
Years underground

You may smell sulphur
Or Eau de Cologne
Each of us has
A style of his own

One makes an omelette
With dozens of eggs.
One looks for a corner
Where he can beg

I roam around the margins
With a group of friends
We don’t seem to fit
Into any programme

There’s a love of rust
A love of decay
We stay up all night
For the break of day
Track Name: A Beautiful Shade of Blue
I’m not the same as you
I hold my breath and turn
A beautiful shade of blue

You’re not the same as me
You never were
And you’ll never be
I’m a mass of knots and you’re
Relaxed and free
You’re not the same as me

I’m an orangutan
You’re a chimpanzee
We share a different
Chemistry

You’re not the same as me
You never were and
You’ll never be
Not even to the
Slightest degree

You’re not the same as me
I’m not the same as you
I hold my breath and turn
A beautiful shade of blue
Track Name: The Morning Sky
Through nine wisps
Of mist
I’ll appear on
Your doorstep

Through the twists
And turns
Of all the things we
Never seem to learn
I’ll pull up a chair
At a table set
With plates
As white as the sky

The morning sky