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David Sylvian
Nine Horses
David Sylvian Gone To Earth
Gone to Earth
  1. Taking the Veil
  2. Laughter and Forgetting
  3. Before the Bullfight
  4. Gone to Earth
  5. Waves
  6. River Man
  7. Silver Moon
  1. The Healing Place
  2. Upon This Earth

Gone to Earth

01. Taking the Veil

In dresses white, all set for sail
A little girl dreams of taking the veil

On beaches clean of sand and shell
A little girl dreams of taking the veil

All lightning bright and thunder loud
A little girl dreams safe and sound

02. Laughter and Forgetting

Running like a horse between the trees
The ground beneath my feet
Gives me something to hold on to

With the reins around my heart
Guided by hands that spread life before my very eyes

Well every hope falls down on its knees in time
But I'm no longer lost
Every day, every second, every hour inside
Love's my only guide

Are these the years for laughter and forgetting?

03. Before the Bullfight

I hear your voice
Way down inside
A whispering sea
Of towering trees
But no reply

A silence so rare
And more than I can stand
Sweeps like a flood
Through life's flesh and blood
And steals away with its heart

If I'm losing you
Then there's nothing more that I can say
The fighting is on
And battles are won
Or thrown away

But if I could live
Safe and sound
In God given fields
Or mountains of steel
Then here I'd stay
Till you'd gone

Guilty of stealing
Every thought I own
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight
Every word's sunk in deep
Like the blades of a knife through my heart
But my strength will return
To fight the bullfight

As time's come to show
I'm told nothing more than I should know
A ship on the sea that threatens to leave
But never goes

This island of blue
Where life clings to your hands
Like water and sand
Will lose its way
When you're gone

When all's forgiven
Still every fault's my own
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight
Say a prayer for my release
When every hope in the world is asleep
And my strength will return
To fight the bullfight

04. Gone to Earth

With a burning candle
A book of holy things
They'll throw you up against the wall
Bind your hands with string
Caught in this sudden shower
Our host of heavenly Kings
They're all victims of circumstance
Of ancient bells that bring
All the fear in the world, naked and shy
Down upon our heads, with no reason why

And though voices may holler
For all they're worth
The rabbits have fled their burrows
Gone to earth

05. Wave

It seems that I remember
I dreamed a thousand dreams
We'd face the days together
No matter what they'd bring
A strength inside like I'd never known
Opened the door to life and let it go

This sun may shine forever
Upon the back of love
A kingdom raised from ashes
And held within your arms
And should the rain break through the trees
We'll find a shelter there and never leave

I'll run to you, nothing stands between us now
Nothing I can lose
This light inside can never die
Another world just made for two
I'll swim the seas inside with you
And like the waves, without a sound
I'll never let you down

Upon a wave of summer
A hilltop paved with gold
We shut our eyes and made
The promises we hold
A will to guide and see us through
I'd do it all again because of you

I'll run to you, nothing stands between us now
Nothing I can lose
This light inside can never die
Another world just made for two
I'll swim the seas inside with you
And like the waves, without a sound
I'll never let you down

I'd tear my very soul to make you mine

06. River Man

I see your eyes light up like fire
It's medicine to me
But as the hunted live their lives
You're keeping out of reach

So I keep running, falling
Till I reach the water
Run with me holyman
But when I reach out
I find I'm standing right beside her
Now we're living
Blessed with all the thunder in the world

Now, should you ask me to come home
To wake up from the sleep
Like a boat inside a storm
Is there no hope for me?

So I keep running, falling
Wade into the water
Run with me riverman
But when I reach out
I find I'm standing right beside her
Now we're living
Blessed with all the thunder in the world

So I keep running, falling
Till I reach the water
Run with me holyman
But when I reach out
I find I'm standing right beside her
Now we're living
Blessed with all the thunder in the world

07. Silver Moon

Out upon the open fields
The rain is pouring down
We're pulling up the sheets again
Against the passing tides of love
Every doubt that holds you here
Will find their own way out

I will build a shelter if you call
Just take my hand and walk
Over mountains high and wide
Bridging rivers deep inside
With a will to guide you on
Your heart will need no one
Those days are gone

Baby, I can tell you there's no easy way out
Lost inside of dreams that guide you on
Baby, I can tell you there's no easy way out
Soon the guiding moonlight will be gone

Out upon the ocean waves subside
From the weakness of the tide
That punishes in kind, when the heavens open wide
Every shore the moon shines on
Every word her siren's sung, ''believe in no one''

Baby, I can tell you there's no easy way out
Lost inside of dreams that guide you on
Baby, I can tell you there's no easy way out
Soon the guiding moonlight will be gone

01. The Healing Place

Joseph Beuys

That has to be the age of overcome
The systems which are on the ceiling
Which are on the run to destroy
Human kind's nation
Human kind's inwardness
Human kind's ability
What for me is a true capital
And which is a side effect
Last not least destroys the nature and us

10. Upon This Earth

Robert Graves

Looking by chance in at the open window
I saw my own self seated in his chair
With gaze abstracted, furrowed forehead,
Unkempt hair.

I thought that I had suddenly come to die,
That to a cold corpse this was my farewell,
Until the pen moved slowly upon paper
And tears fell.

He had written a name, yours, in printed letters:
One word on which bemusedly to pore
No protest, no desire, your naked name,
Nothing more.

Would it be tomorrow, would it be next year?
But the vision was not false, this much I knew;
And I turned angrily from the open window
Agahst at you.

Why never a warning, either by speech or look,
That the love you cruelly gave me could not last?
Already it was too late: the bait swallowed,
The hook fast