Oh What A Thing This Heart Of Man

by Band Of Holy Joy

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Radio Joy DD04 digital download single
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The Band of Holy Joy continues the surge of activity and inspiration since the “Paramour” album with the new download single (available from January 7th). Johny Brown’s singing and lyrics are as dramatic as ever, with an irresistible chorus, “I say we strike out now”. The music builds tension and surges into release, driven by Chris Brierley’s soaring violin, enhanced by guests Clive Bell on flute and David Barbenel’s cello. If you like “Veedon Fleece” era Van Morrison or early-ish Waterboys, you must hear this. Coming from the extended Radio Joy play, “The North is Another Land“, this is another litmus test of the encroaching darkness and how we respond to it.
[Den Browne, Mudkiss, December 2010]

Guest vocals by Marianne Hyatt.
Cover design by Inga Tillere.

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released January 7, 2011

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Band Of Holy Joy London, UK

Margin walkers and midnight drifters, Band of Holy Joy have wandered liminal landscapes of their own making for 3 decades now. The weirdness and wildness of the landscape they stagger through, the askew vision like a crash between Coleridge, Brecht and David Peace, the literary allusions and poetry, the strangeness of it all. A cultural piracy raiding doomed melancholy and gentrified mediocrity. ... more

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Track Name: Oh What A Thing This Heart Of Man
OH WHAT A THING THIS HEART OF MAN

Angels might have lived the life
Flesh and blood could not
You with all your human failings
Stance a tumble senses derailing
Hurling grief up at the stars
Why can’t things be the way they should?

It will be another life yet
Another time better spent
When the lion
Shall lie down with the lamb
And the creatures on the land
Will feed easy from your hand
You’re either with life or it’s against you

I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now

And what a thing is the heart of man
How weirdly seen the ice these days
And that his life is nowt but a dream
Has been sensed by more than one
Cheap Pound-shop would be visionary
Who plunders prophecy from the air!

And I too,
I must admit
I am never free of the feeling
That fate is somehow stealing
The wise and fragile egg nestled in our foolish heart
It is not easy to find the agreeable circumstances
That gladdens mans souls altogether

I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now

You, you divine fool you
You, you, you divine fool
Track Name: Oh What A Thing This Heart Of Man (James Stephen Finn Mix)
OH WHAT A THING THIS HEART OF MAN

Angels might have lived the life
Flesh and blood could not
You with all your human failings
Stance a tumble senses derailing
Hurling grief up at the stars
Why can’t things be the way they should?

It will be another life yet
Another time better spent
When the lion
Shall lie down with the lamb
And the creatures on the land
Will feed easy from your hand
You’re either with life or it’s against you

I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now

And what a thing is the heart of man
How weirdly seen the ice these days
And that his life is nowt but a dream
Has been sensed by more than one
Cheap Pound-shop would be visionary
Who plunders prophecy from the air!

And I too,
I must admit
I am never free of the feeling
That fate is somehow stealing
The wise and fragile egg nestled in our foolish heart
It is not easy to find the agreeable circumstances
That gladdens mans souls altogether

I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now
I say we strike out now

You, you divine fool you
You, you, you divine fool