Synagogue Sessions

by Faint Lights

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04:45

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The Synagogue Sessions were recorded on June 6th 2013 at the Delft
Synagogue. The songs you'll hear on this cd were recorded live in one take, using the unique natural reverbs of the hall. In a few minor places some complementary overdubs were recorded to enhance the songs.

Faint Lights are:
René Meester - acoustic & electric guitars, piano, mandolin, backing vocals.
John ‘s Gravemade - acoustic guitar, banjo, backing vocals.
Robèrt Gillesse - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion and fake trumpet/flute.

Guests:
Marc Holtman – accordeon on 3, 7 and 9.
Lennart de Vries – shared vocals on 10.
Kevin Lynch – mandolin on 1 and 4.

Bert Jansch recording "generations" was taken from the "acoustic routes" documentary. Churchbells recording of "de Oude Kerk" made on one rainy friday morning in the city of Delft.

Music of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 composed by René Meester. Music of 1, 8, 9 composed by John s’ Gravemade. Music of 7 composed by Robèrt Gillesse. All lyrics written by Robèrt Gillesse. Uncle E. based on a story by Rob van Essen, “Poëzie” (from “Electriciteit” 2010).

Produced by René Meester. Engineered by René Meester with Léon Eliens. Cover design: Robèrt Gillesse. Photography by Léon Eliens and Robèrt Gillesse.

More information: www.faintlights.nl / faintlights.bandcamp.com /
soundcloud.com/the-faint-lights. Contact: faintlights@hotmail.com

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released November 24, 2013

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Track Name: Song for Bert
Song for Bert

You know that feeling
That always slips away
when you come to close
You know you got me reeling
Dumbly admiring I’m
Not one of those

Bye bye
Baby goodbye
You know them blue skies
They tell these pretty lies
Of you still here

Dealing with a loss
Like it’s a gift
Flying off when it’s time
Seeing the clouds shift

Bye bye
Baby goodbye
You know there ain’t no why
Of these blue sky
And there’s no reason why you’re gone

Some are lamented
Some are blessed
Some are never at rest
Some are lost
Some are found
Some come out laughing
Track Name: Uncle E
Uncle E

Cycling with uncle E
Climbing up steep bridges
He says you gotta hold your body still
Don´t sway like that
Don´t you waste no energy boy

He taught me
That you gotta put the energy
Where it should be

Uncle E eating supper
On a Sunday
Sounding like it tasted very good
My father making faces
My mother didn´t mind
Uncle E quoting poetry

I´ve held no tits
That didn´t suspend in the end
Gravity´s gonna find us all

In the end Uncle E
Couldn´t follow me
Up the steep bridges anymore
Got off his bike
Pretending to see something interesting
Shouting: you go ahead boy!
You go ahead!

And as much as I
Try to remember the
Good old days of uncle E
It´s always this image that remains
He standing there panting
A face flushed with strain
Calling me to go ahead
With the desperate sound
Of somebody that sinks beneath you

And that will you will
Never see again
Track Name: At Ease
At ease

Fred has grown a beard
And his anger has abated
His eyes have grown softer
His step so light upon the ground

Sitting in a chair
Not really thinking
Hands on his knees
At ease with being here

Fred´s got a little garden
Growing vegetables and flowers
The sun colouring his tired arms
The sweat on his brow

Sitting in a chair
Not really thinking
Hands on his knees
At ease with being here

Being here

Sitting in a chair
Not really thinking
Hands on his knees
At ease with being here
Track Name: Wood
Wood

He believes in wood
Thinks it’s good
To handle an honest material
When it’s in your hands
It might as well come alive

Like Pinokkio

He believes in wood
Making tables, chairs, cupboards and stairs
Kinda grateful
When the things you have wrought
Stands there in it’s simple beauty

So independently

Cutting
Sawing
Hammering
Scraping
Sanding
Bending
Varnishing
Chiseling
Abrading
Painting
Grinding
Splintering
Nailing
Knocking
Polishing
Waxing and milking

He believes in wood
But sometimes it’s no good
Acting not like it should
Just like a woman would
Still he believes in wood

Yearning
Burning
Wanting
Yielding
Fighting
Fucking
Deceiving
Trusting
Caressing
Hitting
Receiving
Hating
Adoring
Praying
Cursing
Forgiving
Believing in wood
Track Name: Voodoo Darling
Voodoo Darling

Watching porn movies
With chubby girls
Wearing clogs
And long red socks

Watching home movies
Of grandma´s
Carrying logs
And eating frogs

Seeing black horses
Ridden by girls
Naked and wild
Castrating these fags

Precious voodoo darling
You come with no warning
You are a believer aren’t you
You should be praying
No delaying
Come unto to me

Slap your bare ass
Just like a cow
You move on girl
And take your vow

Don’t pretend to be shy
I know just
Why you are
here

Funny how love is
To receive bliss
By being debased
By a kiss

Precious voodoo darling
You come with no warning
You are a believer aren’t you
You should be praying
No delaying
Come believe in me

Come on and feel
The soft and the hard
The weak and the strong
The fast and the slow
I promise you
It won’t take long
Before you know
The world as it is
No showbizz
But the real
Flesh and bone
I love you
You’re not alone

Let your hands
Do the ancient things
Letting the bird sing

Wearing a real tight
R-shirt
And high heels
O the gifts you bring

So blessed to be with you
Love you too
My cockoroo
Track Name: Awakening
Awakening

Kicking habits I never knew I had
Becoming black, then blue and finally red
I know I should be praying like mad
But god lives, and I’m dead

Now I finally see
I was never free
A slave of my own making
Time I should be awakening

Alive, but with a cold soul inside
Busily living, but failing to abide
Digging up dirt, for the diamonds to find
Back bent, eyes growing blind

Now I finally see
I was never free
A slave of my own making
Time I should be awaking

The way she made you
Come and undone
A clay figure in her hands
Totally at her command
These images that hunt your brain
Leave you with only pain
These thoughts you should not entertain

Now that I’m free
It’s still so hard to see
The water in which I swim
The world that I’m in

Now that I finally see
It was always up to me
Open my eyes and awake
Jump into the lake
Track Name: Dr. Klaun
Dr. Klaun

He’s a doctor and a clown
And that’s a dangerous combination
Jokes away all illnesses
Oh, he’s a cunning professional
Stumbling over his flappy shoes
Right in the lap of some well build
Desperate mama
It’s no secret
That a lot of these Klaun’s bastards
Are running around
With evil red hair
And big awful feet

Dr. Klaun
Let’s no one down
Always a joke at hand
Give them
What they want to believe

Got the itching powder
And the false trumpets
For any awkward situation
Gets away with everything
A master of evasion
A flower on his coat
That will sprinkle water
In the face of it’s victim
Making it look like an accident
A while loudly excusing
Fumbling for your wallet

Dr. Klaun
Let’s no one down
With a lipstick smile
Make all the pain
Go away

Ain’t following no Hippocratic oath
Just make sure his customers
Stay desperate and hungry
For that magical cure
Some say life ain’t no joke
But the doctor he begs to differ
In his checkered pants
Got a real big syringe
With some pink stuff inside
That will make you laugh
Till the Kingdom’s Comes

Dr. Klaun
Track Name: Sleepless Moon
sleepless moon

sleepless moon
woke up too soon
dress made of clouds
dancing 'round and 'round

young girl so white and lost
your dance comes at a cost
the whispers of autumn leaves
the laments of lovers grieve

o tireless moon
always leave too soon
swirling 'round and 'round
your feet make no sound

young girl so white and lost
your dance comes at a cost
the whispers of autumn leaves
the laments of lovers grieve

In the black velvet room
filled with the stars
she shines so bright
waking a desire beyond wrong or right
Track Name: Churchbells
Churchbells

Will the churchbells be ringing
When they carry you away
Will the ice be melting
When they carry you away
Will the children be singing
When they carry you away
Will the river be flowing
When they carry you away

Carry you away
Maybe not today
But someday
Carry you away

Will the lovers be kissing
When they carry you away
Will the leaves be falling
When they carry you away
Will the drunks be shouting
When they carry you away
Will the whores be charming
When they carry you away

Carry you away
Maybe not today
But someday
Carry you away

Heavy mother
Imagine carrying your dead weight
It might not be too late
To lighten up a bit

And lose some weight
I tell you man
You gotta lose some weight

Carry you away
Maybe not today
But someday
Carry you away

Will the churchbells be ringing