BITTERSWEET & THE TICKING CLOCK

refugees

Photograph by Richard Mosse using a thermal imaging camera

This type of camera is mainly used by the military

Mosse used one to capture images of refugees

 

I’d been putting it off for a few weeks, then a couple of days ago I decided to man up and get a haircut. The barber I go to is a one-man band. As I was sat in the chair he got to talking about just how many members of his family had suddenly dropped dead from heart attacks. Loads. I guessed remembering to send birthday cards wasn’t a major issue for him. Whatever, he’d just finished snipping away at my fringe when he told me to hang on a minute. He was looking a bit pale. Then he disappeared. I took a look at myself in the mirror. The random thought ‘village idiot’ hit me. Sure, he’d done the fringe, but at this point he hadn’t cut any of the rest of my hair. I then got to thinking he might be out the back having a heart attack leaving me looking like someone you’d cross the street to avoid. How would I get home? Credibility issues abound. Luckily, he reappeared.

Anyway, the photo of refugees above is more important. The dates and places might change, that’s all. Nothing else changes. I don’t think it ever will. The eyes of refugees (the lucky ones?) always tell their own story. I went with ‘bittersweet’ simply because there is always some hope for the ones who survive the ethnic cleansings and the bombings, even if it’s just hope in defeat.

BITTERSWEET

The whole world could see the horror

Only you and I saw the defeat

Crippled lives in crippled places

Innocent victims, in retreat

 

We are too few in numbers

An unarmed army incomplete

That’s the way it’s always been

Read ‘bittersweet’ for ‘sweet’

 

The whole world could see the horror

Crushed cardboard boxes full of tat

By the grace of big mouth egotists

Heaven’s gates open for the fat cat

 

Left and right and centre

So called leaders claim they’ve won the day

The whole world could see the horror

Only you and I saw a better way

(part lyric for a new number)

My song, ‘The Ticking Clock’ from the Dream Rescuer album is pretty much on a similar theme. I hope you enjoy;

 

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28 thoughts on “BITTERSWEET & THE TICKING CLOCK

    1. Thank you, Shey. Sometimes words sing better than they read. I think – for once – I might have got something with this one if I don’t mess up along the way.

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      1. It must truly be a dark hole, to get into such evil mindsets. And for what? Life is so short. It’s all so temporary. Dear Lord, where money and ego takes people…
        How are things with you normally. George?

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      2. I’m fine, thank you. The human race – well a lot of the human race – gets on my nerves, but without them I’d have nothing to write songs about. You OK?

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      3. Oh I am glad.
        haha yes, that is a polite way of saying it.
        And yes, it does seem to inspire a lot of art…but I am sure you could still write beautiful things from less evil inspiration, 🙂 I mean, it seems there are way too many now trying to drive certain points to extreme. But then, there are times when we need that too, when we get complacent with our systems set up, the every day corruption that is overlooked etc.
        Anyway, I am not bad right now, thanks. It’s been a pretty good start to the year so far. We are going in to autumn and it is the best time of year here.
        How are you surviving the “beastly” weather?

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      4. This is England. The weather is always beastly! It’s the only thing we’re good at. Maybe it’s good that a lot of my new recordings are not protest type songs. ‘Bittersweet’ I’ll on day release as a single and see what happens.

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      5. I do seem to recall when I visited the UK, rain did literally come out of nowhere. But I was on holiday and really didn’t care 🙂 The morning we arrived in Edinburgh on the train, the sun was out…the cab driver told us it was a tad unusual, ha, it was really gorgeous.
        I remember a kind couple staying in the same b and b in York who advised me to always carry an umbrella, and I honestly thought they were exaggerating, ah, foolish me.
        Yes, you should. I really love your music George!!

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  1. JGC, I love the image you’ve selected, it has a haunting and surreal quality to it, perfect for your post. I think finding “hope in defeat” is the only way we can go on to face another new day, and another new day, and so on. “The Ticking Clock” is a wonderful song. This is a heartfelt post and a beautiful presentation. Enjoy the last bit of your weekend and have a stellar week ahead. ~ PM

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  2. I would have thought he was having a heart attack too hehe. Man you are really on my mind and heart for some reason. Praying for you. Though I’m not always consistent on WP you’re on my radar.

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      1. I agree. I just caught a bit of “Bowling for Columbine” last night on tv, I never saw it when it came out as we were in Colorado when that happened, and had friends who counselled some of the kids involved. I was too sad then to watch it. But it was interesting to watch a little of it now, how the sensationalist media has so much to answer for in escalating fear and dividing people etc.

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  3. But where did the barber go??!?? No no, seriously, the photo is quite arresting, but I think the fact it’s a night image is what strikes me more. It’s not like these people have night vision. They can’t see the dangers ahead. Yet they go on, blind by–and with?–desperate hope.

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    1. I suppose I could try and compose an opera. ‘Where Did the Barber Go’. Then again, I couldn’t manage the vocals. That is a strange photograph. I like your take on it.

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