Sunday, 16 November 2008

some music is special

Who can explain why some music just says something to your soul? Lately I've been enjoying the music of an obscure Australian band, the Middle East. I saw them live and have a dozen of their songs. Here's the lyrics of one of the best, "Blood" (about family):

Older brother, restless soul, lie down

Lie for a while with your ear against the earth

You'll hear your sister sleep talking

Say "your hair is long but not long enough

to reach home to me

but your beard someday might be"

And she'll wake up in a cold sweat on the floor

Next to a family portrait drawn when you were four

And beside a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more

She'll lay it aside ...

Older father, weary soul, you'll drive

Back to the home you've made on the mountainside

With that ugly terrible thing

Those papers for divorce and a lonely ring

Sit on your porch

And pluck your strings

You'll find somebody you can blame

You'll follow the creek that runs into the sea

And you'll find the peace of the Lord

Grandfather, gentle soul, you'll fly

Over your life once more before you die

Since our grandma passed away

You've waited for forever and a day

Just to die

And someday soon you'll die

It was the only woman you ever loved

That got burnt by the sun too often when she was young

And the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood

And there's nothing you can do about it now.

You can listen to the song on the Middle East Myspace page, or on the Triple J Unearthed page.


  1. I love that song! I got it for free from Urban Outfitters. THank you for posting the lyrics, I couldn't find them anywhere else. Such a beautiful song and so innocent somehow...

  2. I also just recently heard this song for the first time...from a mix cd at urban outfitters & am attatched to it. I have heard only their other one from their myspace page...
    Can you post the rest of their songs?

  3. Thanks for these positive comments. I'm intrigued about both of you finding this track on an Urban Outfitters sampler CD, as I contacted one of the band members and they didn't know about it. Maybe fame is just around the corner for them?

    Natalie, it isn't really practical for me to post all their songs, and neither would it be legal I guess. The Middle East has two CDs, The Recordings of the Middle East which is featured on their Myspace page, and an earlier CD they put out jointly with another great Aussie band, Sleeping in Trains (you can find SiT by following The Middle East's friends on Myspace, but SiT has unfortunately disbanded). So there are 12 songs in all, and I can't see myself typing up all the words.

    They are a very original band. Some tracks have the same bittersweet sound of the two you've heard (try to find "Gold", it used to be on the Myspace page, and it's another gem - pardon the half pun!), but others sound like Sigur Ros, and others have a big orchestral/choral sound (they use a 9 piece choir on some tracks, and I saw them live with the choir). So expect to be surprised!

    Best wishes.


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