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I see an angel that hangs suspended
In chains, in space between us
And its outspread wings cast a shadow
like a hand across your mouth

So I plucked its feather fingers,
Bought your lips their liberation
And I taught your tongue to sing the song
It's so long searching for

The Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
That seeps between the stitches
In this sundered serenade
Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
That tears away the veils
in the Lover's Masquerade

I heard Vincent lost his mind
Raving, bloodied, at his canvas
'Cause his eyes screamed out for colours
This dim sphere could not provide

I ransacked the library
For the scores of great composers
Joined the dots, and found some kind of
Lunatic's naked sketch of you

And a Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
That tears away the torpor
Like a hurricane of sound
Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
That leads me with its echo to where
Lost souls can be found

I tore the throat out of the wind,
Gagged the mouth of every river
Smashed all Beethoven's fingers
Cut the beaks off all the birds

'Cause I couldn't take the clatter
Of their sorry, jealous music
That clings to my skin like leeches
Trying to suck away the sound

Of your Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
Rend apart the shackles
That keep the yearning tethered tight
And sing the Black Lullaby, Black Lullaby
The perfect hymn of flesh we sing together in the night


from Night of a Thousand Crimes, released February 12, 2014



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JB Newman & The Black Letter Band bring you a shot of Haunting, Bluesy Rock'n'Roll with a surreal poetic twist. 'Like a roadhouse band from a Lynch movie'.

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