1997/12/31

1997 Gigography


Here is the list of concerts by Joseph Arthur in 1997 *:


1997-01-13 Canal+ TV, Paris France 
1997-01-16 ..., Cherbourg France
1997-01-17 ..., Amiens France
1997-01-18 Le Plan, Ris-Orangis France
1997-01-20 Club Ubu, Rennes France
1997-01-21 Le Chat Noir, Carouge Switzerland
1997-01-23 Le Transbordeur, Lyon France
1997-01-24 Salle Victoire, Montpellier France
1997-01-25 ..., Toulouse France
1997-01-27 ..., Clermont-Ferrand France
1997-01-28 FNAC Instore, Strasbourg France 
1997-01-28 La Laiterie, Strasbourg France
1997-01-29 L'Usine, Reims France
1997-01-30 Caveau des Dominicains, Nancy France
1997-01-31 ..., Angouleme France
1997-02-01 Theatre, Arras France
1997-02-03 L'Aeronef, Lille France
1997-02-04 EXO7, Rouen France
1997-02-05 New Morning, Paris France
1997-02-05 FNAC Les Halles, Paris France
1997-02-06 Krakatoa, Bordeaux France
1997-02-08 Noumatrouff, Mulhouse France
1997-02-12 Le Botanique, Brussels Belgium
1997-02-25 Irving Plaza, New York, NY USA
1997-03-01 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY USA
1997-03-03 Arlene Grocery , New York, NY USA
1997-03-04 The Birchmere , Alexandria, VA USA
1997-03-06 CBGB, New York, NY USA
1997-03-18 Caroline Records, New York, NY USA
1997-03-19 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY USA
1997-03-20 WXPN Radio, Philadelphia, PA USA
1997-03-20 The Temperance House, Newton, PA USA
1997-03-22 Tramps, New York, NY USA
1997-03-27 Arlene Grocery , New York, NY USA
1997-03-28 Border's Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA USA
1997-03-28 Electric Factory , Philadelphia, PA USA
1997-04-04 The Point, Atlanta, GA USA
1997-04-10 Urban Art Bar , Houston, TX USA
1997-04-11 Stubbs, Austin, TX USA
1997-04-26 Showbox Music Club , Seattle, WA USA
1997-04-30 The Bagel Bar , Chula Vista, CA USA
1997-05-01 KCRW Radio, Santa Monica, CA USA
1997-05-01 Coach House , San Juan Capistrano, CA USA
1997-05-02 McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA USA
1997-05-03 Electric Ballroom , Phoenix, AZ USA
1997-05-05 Lion's Lair, Denver, CO USA
1997-05-16 Odeon, Cleveland, OH USA
1997-05-26 Italia 1, TV, ? Italia
1997-06-21 Fete de la Musique, Brussels Belgium
1997-06-22 Dolce Vita, Lausanne Switzerland
1997-06-24 L'Antirouille, Montpellier France
1997-06-28 Le Poste a Galene, Marseille France
1997-06-29 ..., Namur Belgium
1997-07-05 Blues Festival, Pistoia Italy
1997-07-09 FNAC Instore, Clermont-Ferrand France
1997-07-11 Cactus Festival, Brugge Belgium
1997-07-12 Festival de la Cite, Lausanne Switzerland
1997-07-13 Rock au Max Festival, Thiers France
1997-07-14 Cafe de la Gare, Cluses France
1997-07-19 Festival, Saint Nolff France
1997-07-20 ..., Hamburg Germany
1997-07-26 Don Valley Stadium , Sheffield UK
1997-07-27 WOMAD Festival, Reading UK
1997-08-02 ..., Crystal Palace UK
1997-08-10 Globe Theatre , London UK
1997-08-16 Amplitudes Festival, Annecy France
1997-10-07 Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham UK
1997-10-08 The Boat Race, Cambridge UK
1997-10-09 Arts Centre, Newcastle UK
1997-10-10 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut , Glasgow UK
1997-10-12 The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen UK
1997-10-13 Adelphi, Preston UK
1997-10-14 The Duchess of York , Leeds UK
1997-10-15 Axiom Arts Centre , Cheltenham UK
1997-10-17 Queen Elizabeth Hall , London UK
1997-10-18 The Varsity , Wolverhampton UK
1997-10-19 Hop & Grape , Manchester UK
1997-11-28 Reverb, Toronto Canada
1997-11-29 Reverb, Toronto Canada



* : Here is my source. You should check the amazing work of Xavier & his team !!
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UPDATED 2018-04-16



INTERVIEW : 1997 Pop Club (by Richard Robert)






INTERVIEW : 1997 Joseph Arthur came out of nowhere (by Chris Rubin)


Well, Akron, Ohio, where he went to high school with supermodel Angie Everheart -- to be the first mainstream, rock and roller signed to Peter Gabriel's Real World label.
Arthur is truly an original, an artist with a dark and darkly funny vision, a storyteller with stories worth listening to. His haunting songs are set to rich, evocative music, and his voice, while unique, brings to mind influences from Leonard Cohen to Jeff Buckley, often within the same tune. 
Arthur is embarking on a solo tour, traveling with just a sound engineer and a guitar. Nosy Chris Rubin tries to pry secrets big and small from him.


You seem to have come out of nowhere. What were you doing before you were discovered and signed?

I was working at a music store in Atlanta, selling guitars and picks, and generally going mad. I had graduated high school in Akron and moved to Atlanta. There was a band I was in at the time, Ten Zen Men. We chose Atlanta just because we felt like, let's get out of Akron. I had a friend down there who gave us a place to stay, booked us a month of shows. I made it my home for four or five years. I quit that band soon after moving there, and then started my own group, Bellybutton, that was more hard rock. That's when I started singing -- before I had just played bass. I started thinking along the lines of lyrics, and felt like maybe I had a bit of a knack for writing. In high school, I wrote essays, I felt like it came natural to me. But then you doubt yourself, at least you do if you're me. I assume that if it comes easy to me, it must come easy to anybody.

What happened to Bellybutton?

That band was where I put all my dreams and ambitions, instead of college. I invested all my energies in Bellybutton, but it disintegrated because I filled it with all my ambition. I was living with a woman and we broke up around the same time. Suddenly my life was very empty. I started writing on acoustic guitar. I realized if I played simple chord structures, and just let the music and the ego get out of the way, there would be more room for lyrical and emotional content.

What were you like in high school? Were you an outsider?

I went to same school, Firestone High, as Chrissie Hynde, Mark Mothersbaugh and Angie Everheart -- she looked then just like she looks now. I struggled, I still struggle. I wasn't rejected in high school because I'm kind of outgoing, so I can make myself into characters, be very upbeat and obnoxious, the class clown.


How did the Peter Gabriel connection come about? You're not exactly typical Real World material.

Total grace. I was sending out my tape. There was ambition in my heart for sure. I was getting rejected, lots of "return to sender" kinds of things. I also got my number of full-on, "We listened to your tape and decided you suck" letters. I was kind of reaching the point -- there was a lot of hope when I started -- I was starting to lose fire. I was also giving tapes out to friends to get feedback. One friend gave it to a friend of his at a label, and he passed it on to another friend, who then gave it to Harvey Schwartz at Capricorn, who knew Peter Gabriel and gave it to him when he came to New York. [Arthur laughs.] The person I originally gave it to had no real connections.


And how did you initially connect with Peter Gabriel?

I came home to a phone message from him -- I have saved the tape from my answering machine. Now I'm a huge fan of his music. I was not a big fan then, I didn't really know his music. Shock the Monkey was one of the first singles I ever bought. I always liked him, but I hadn't found my way to him yet. I had heard through Harvey that Peter liked the tape before coming home to find the message. Knowing him and Real World, it's amazing. He's so full of ambitions and things to do, projects. He's constantly busy. I would never have thought to send my stuff to Gabriel or Real World.

Is it odd to be the first non-world artist on what is perceived as a world music label?

I'm really glad to be on the label for a number of reasons. The people who are on that label, their music is filled with integrity. The influence and guidance of Peter has been indispensable to me. It's amazing to have somebody like him to guide me through a lot of the hardships one has to go through in this business. It's also nice to be able to know him.

Your debut CD, Big City Secrets, was finished about a year ago. What's it been like waiting for it to be released?

Waiting has been very difficult. I went through all kinds of crazy thoughts and emotions. But I sort of believe there's some kind of cosmic intelligence about things. I learned a lot in that year. I sort of found myself. It took me that long to get used to the idea of putting an album out, and all the other things that go along with that. Deciding what my character is.

What have you been doing in the meantime?

The album's been out in France for a few months, and I toured there. They're very concerned with lyrics, more than American and English audiences, I've heard. But there's not much of a language barrier. At least, I never felt it. I always felt like I was communicating. It's going really well over there. "Daddy's On Prozac" and "Mercedes" have been getting airplay.

What do you expect from Big City Secrets?

I really hope the album does well. It was doing really well in France. I was thinking, this is great, but none of my family and friends could see it. [Arthur laughs.] Girls that didn't go out with me, I want them to regret every minute that they rejected me.
Do you think your material is commercial?

I thought all my songs were pop. I think it could surprise people, take off. What I hope it does is make a bit of a noise, set up the next record. Peter said it's best to have a slow start, not come out huge, to build up over time. I have no need to have a huge album, just an album that's big enough to justify enthusiasm for Joe Arthur, number two.



TABS




Holding The Void
Our Shadows Will Remain
Nuclear Daydream
Let Just Be

Redemption City
Acts


Ghost Riding

Arthur Buck


Others Songs


REVIEW : Big City Secrets - AllMusic


AllMusic Review by Evan Cater


Joseph Arthur refers to his music as "someone struggling to heal over experimental folk-rock." His major-label career began after he received an unexpected answering machine message from Peter Gabriel offering him a contract on Gabriel's Real World label. Arthur's music employs a wide range of musical influences, adorning his songs with instruments as diverse as hurdy gurdy, corn horn, Venetian xylophone, caxixi, birimbau and harmonic missles. Experimental folk-rock is an apt label for such eclectic instrumentation. As for "struggling to heal,"

Arthur's strategy appears to be to heal through catharsis. His lyrics are populated with angsty lines like "You're easy for me to bleed on," "Put my daddy on Prozac, I don't think I want him back" and "You became a spider as I fed you the blood from my nose." All that "healing" can get to be a bit overbearing, especially when expressed in Arthur's tortured vocals. In his most restrained moments, his voice resembles David Rice or Jeffrey Gaines, but at his most extreme he's a dead ringer for Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. The songwriting is at its best when Arthur uses his sharp ear for melody, as on "Mikel K," "Big City Secret," and the harmonica-driven "Mercedes," which features background vocals from Brian Eno and Gabriel himself. The album's weaker offerings ("Desert," "Porcupine") have a tendency to drone tunelessly. But even then the weakness of the melody is somewhat mitigated by the inventiveness of the arrangements, and it's easy to see what attracted Gabriel to this promising artist.

COVERART : Live Chaos & Beauty





















CONCERT POSTER : 1997 TOUR


The Other Side








THE OTHER SIDE - MP3




 

LYRICS : Lost Gypsy Weapon



Gave my fortune to heaven 
I laid my soul on the ground
Like a lost Gypsy weapon
No one ever found

I took myself to the doctor
He gave me one week to live
He said if I were you now
I'd find someone to forgive

And I know you
When I come through

And I know you
When I come through

TAB : BIG CITY SECRETS (1997)




Click on a title to see the tab.


"Mikel K"
"Marina"
"Dessert"
"Bottle of You" 





1997/11/27

INTERVIEW : 1997-11-27 Heart full of soul, Peter Gabriel discovery Joseph Arthur plays modest (by Cindy MCGlynn)



Akron, Ohio, native Joseph Arthur is the first to admit that the learning curve is steep when you find yourself going from working retail and playing yer guitar in the bars of Atlanta, Georgia, to having Peter Gabriel call you, fly you to England, record you (also doing some backup vocals himself, along with Brian Eno...) and sign you as the first white rock boy to his Real World label.

"It's kind of like if you're a poor person and you win the lottery," Arthur explains. "And you get a couple of million dollars and you blow it because of your personality -- you're not really a millionaire, but you just have a million dollars. But it doesn't matter, you're going to lose it because that's not how you are."

Joseph Arthur is hard on himself. I remind him that the learning curve was his analogy and presumably, he's been, um, up it. Which would mean, he should be developing the mindset of a millionaire, if we are to follow his other analogy. Not quite, he says, but suffice it to say, he's learning to be a little less self-conscious and edging toward acceptance of his talent, if not his success.

"I've grown a lot into it. I feel more like who I really am rather than having to put on an act of who I am. I guess always there's a little bit of an act, but less of an act. God, I really think too much, I think."

Maybe. But hey, it's gonna take a heady sort of guy to write the edgy, raw, lyrics with which Arthur caught the ears of Gabriel. Arthur's voice roughs out smart urban poems that search and wander and that one critic described as being so isolated and lonely they're "almost homeless." Couple his lyrics with the hard, moody arrangements squared by sharp drum patterns and flavored with harmonica and vibraphones and you've got something of what sets Arthur apart from the singer-songwriter pack.

What is interesting is that Arthur himself says there isn't nearly enough heart and soul on his Real World debut, Big City Secrets, which should only make the rest of us wonder from what superhuman well of emotion he'll draw for subsequent works. "I don't think it gives enough of what I can do... or, I don't think it's enough me, really. I guess I'm disappointed in that aspect, but maybe I'm just over-analytical about it."

According to what I read, and certainly according to what I hear, the heart and soul are what people are raving about. "Really? See that's the thing, I can beat myself up over absolutely everything. I tend to. Like, I buy a pair of shoes and beat myself up the whole way home. So for something like making a record, because it's so significant in my little universe, I'm bound to just kick my ass about it over and over again. Fuck, I've gotta give myself a break."

Indeed, one gets to wondering whether Arthur's life really does ache as much as the ones on his record. He told me it wasn't that bad... any more. "I used to just be like an open wound. I could cross the street and sort of see sadness in the cars stopping at the red light. And now I think there's moments where, maybe I've lightened up a bit or just gotten a bit more used to it. I'm becoming a little bit more callous as I get older and it's kind of worrying. But I am emotional, you know. I cry and stuff. And hey, I do go and see movies and stuff and have a sense of humor," he promises. "You just wouldn't know it from my music."

And hey, he's enthusiastic too. Ask him about Peter Gabriel, though, and the floodgates of praise open.

"I've got him on a bit of a pedestal, and obviously if you've got someone on a pedestal, you think they deserve to be on a pedestal. I mean, I know he's a human being with human failings and all that other shit, but he's really ultra, ultra-cool."

So great is Arthur's enthusiasm for Gabriel, it actually spills over, for one delightful moment, into appreciation for his own success. "He did one of my songs on the Princess Diana tribute album, It's called 'In The Sun' and I wrote it and he does such an amazing job," Arthur says. "Pretty good, huh!"


1997/10/15

1997-10-15 - Axiom Arts Centre , Cheltenham


On Stage :

Solo concert, opening for Ron Sexsmith 


Setlist : 

?
in the sun
mercedes
big city secret
daddy's on prozac
crying like a man



Recording :

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known recording : no

1997/07/27

1997-07-27 - Womad Festival, The Rivermead Center, Reading


On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

pictures of life
in the sun
mercedes
haunted eyes
daddy's on prozac
big city secret
crying like a man
birthday card


Recording :

An audio recording is available with only 2 songs (Pictures of Life & Crying Like a Man)
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1997/07/20

1997-07-20 - Hamburg


On Stage :

No information


Setlist : 

No information


Recording :

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Poster :



1997/07/14

1997-07-14 - Café de la Gare, Cluses



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

not saying you're wrong
in the sun
mercedes
big city secret
good about me
haunted eyes
history
crying like a man
birthday card
bottle of you 


Recording :

An Soundboard recording of this event exists.
 
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1997/07/12

1997-07-12 - Festival de la Cité, Lausanne



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

downtown
mercedes
good about me
big city secret
in the sun
haunted eyes
history
crying like a man
daddy's on prozac
birthday card


Recording :

1997-07-12 Lausanne





1997/06/28

1997-06-28 - Le Poste a Galene, Marseille


On Stage :

No information


Setlist : 

?
haunted eyes
mercedes
big city secret
porcupine
?
good about me
history
daddy's on prozac
in the sun
crying like a man
birthday card 


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event. 
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1997/06/21

1997-06-21 - Fête de la Musique, Brussels




On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

downtown
mercedes
big city secret
daddy's on prozac
haunted eyes
in the sun 


Recording :

There's an audience recording of this event. 

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1997/05/26

1997-05-26 - Roxy Bar Show, Italia 1 TV


On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

daddy's on prozac
mercedes (not broadcast) 


Recording :

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1997/05/02

1997-05-02 - McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica


On Stage :

Instore performance


Setlist : 

ashes everywhere
mercedes
birthday card
big city secret
haunted eyes
history
the real you
in the sun
invisible hands
daddy's on prozac
good about me


Recording :

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1997/03/20

1997/03/18

1997-03-18 - Caroline Records, New York


On Stage :

Solo concert. 

Peter Gabriel sings on "History" and "Daddy's on Prozac". 
Youssou N'Dour joins them on "Big City Secret"


Setlist : (maybe not in order and incomplete)

in the sun
history
daddy's on prozac
big city secret


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event. 
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1997/03/11

LYRICS : Mercedes



I been next to you for a lifetime 
I been watching you from the start 
Always trying to keep yourself put together 
Always needing to fall apart 

You wanna ride in my Mercedes 
Tonight we'll dance outside along the seashore 
A quarter moon will paint our shadows on the cold sand 
You ask me how come we dance ? 
Well there is no reason at all 

I hope that you will burn down this old house 
And I hope that you will escape right through the front door 
Turn around when you're safe 
And talk about what they done to you 
Turn around when you're safe 
And watch this house burn to the ground 

I hope that you will rise 
When you talk about what they done 
Oh I know you will rise 
When you watch yourself burn to the ground 
When you watch this house burn to the ground 

LYRICS : Big City Secret



You bounce against my rectangular light
I fall asleep inside your spherical night
And dream about coming together again
As a fist comes from an open hand
And how the tide crashes on morning sand

And you say
Hey I don't understand
You and your big city secret
How come we dance ?
What makes us dance ?

A fist thrown against fear's menacing face
His blackened eyes become the dreams that you chase
Blood on your lip is like chaos you taste
It washes over you in some dramatic rush
And on the diving board you can feel him push

I jump in the magnitude of your smile
Leap from the board of my last chance
Splash in the sea of your damnation
As you remind me of your past
Darling I thank you for this dance 


LYRICS : Good About Me



It's Monday morning 
You miss yesterday
Tomorrow's coming again
So fast it's already today
You'll never get put down
Growing into your face
Moving to New York City
You got a line on getting paid
And you got two eyes that you always shade
Chaos and beauty
Trying to stay together on a razor blade
Always trying to prove you're being saved

When they ask you what's your church
You say I dance
When they say whatever happened to you
You say I never had a chance
I'm an open book
Come in take a look at me
I'm a boat that won't float
Out at sea
And when I try to compete for a seat
On a more expensive train
In the end you find out
The pain's the same as when the train was plain

You're never giving in
And you're sure you will win
As soon as you know how to begin
And with spite you scream
I'm moving my scene
Away from all you backwards marching human beings
And that includes you
Cause I know what you dream about
And that includes you
Cause I know what you seem to see
And that includes you
Cause I don't feel good about me
Good about me around you 


LYRICS : Mikel K


I've been watching you 
I liked you right away
Cause you looked like you
Might have something to say
That I would want to hear
Like you looked at me
And liked me right away

You're easy for me
To bleed on
I said you're easy for me
To bleed on

Well I'll follow you
Anywhere you wanna go
Cause you look like you
Might already know
A place we can be that feels better
Than the hole I have inside of me

LYRICS : Daddy's On Prozac



I'm in recovery 
My daddy beat his love into me
Now I don't care about sticks or stones
The name he called me broke my bones
Put my daddy on Prozac
I don't think I want him back
Make me feel dangerous

I was raised in a family
They look like the enemy to me
And when you're raised in captivity
Don't you know you never get free
Put my daddy on Prozac
I don't think I want him back
Make me feel dangerous

LYRICS : Crying Like A Man


You must destroy
All who you employ
To protect your last invention
Work hard at its destruction
Ignore your good intention
You must ignore the wrong voice
Whose voice ?
A peculiar choice
Well I'm sure
You and I can't remember
Living like a backwards trainwreck
Trying to disguise the deceit
Intrinsic in our step
When love's got us by the neck
Why can't we just surrender

I'll be quiet
I won't wake you up

Don't whine
Drink wine
Like terpentine
Cleaning out your inside in line
From your toes up through your spine
Pretend you're a conductor
Maestro without music
God without man
Me without you
Holding your hand
Falling like a leaf
Crying like a man

We silently confess through open eyes
Setting fire to the web spun right behind
In my mind's a spider
And in your heart's a fly
When you're meek you are malicious
Like a tame dog growing vivious
Somehow still suspicious
Faithlessly religious 


LYRICS : Birthday Card



She wrote her name with a heart
Inside his birthday card
Right beside the PS which read
Please don't think I'm devious
It's not that obvious
In fact it's more of a mess
You're what I find most beautiful
But you're also what makes me the ugliest
So I'm taking away all of the love
I ever gave to you
I think you should've known
It was only ever on a loan
And I'm running away
I found myself a hiding place
I've been uncomfortable looking in your eyes
They always see right through my face

And if you find your eyes
You hunt me down
Cause if I find my eyes
I'll hunt you down
And if you find your voice
You hunt me down
Cause if I find my voice
I'll hunt you down

He wrote his name with her heart
On the back of a postcard
Right beside the PS which read
Please don't think this is malicious
But ever since you left me I am a mess
You made me happiest
And now I'm lonely cause there was only you
Touching your skin was like a shovel through the ground
I had no idea what I found
A crown
You crown me king
Made me lion in your ring
Training me with your see-through treasure
And bribing me with your guilty pleasure
You teach me how most things have no measure 


LYRICS : Marina



Marina coming off of methadone
Kickin and dreamin
And she's sleeping and screaming
Watching 90210
She'll be yelling at the screen
Until the late night show

I don't believe I'm alive she said
Everyday has something new
Aw baby with the moon I lie
And with the sun I will rise

It's all there in her eyes
You don't know how hard I try
Each time that Marina cries
It's like she's got no disguise

Marina is a human bicycle
She's riding in the park
Riding after dark
Spinning her wheels to make a spark
Hoping to change her blame into a plague

She plays guitar
She dreams and sings
She writes a song about what it means
That she never feels
Much like a human being 


LYRICS : Porcupine


A porcupine
Crawling out from inside of your mind
Like you growing a crown of thorns
But you're no messiah
You think more like a spider
Cause guilty hearts beat upside down

Silver hubcaps replaced your eyes
As you went spinning on a daydream down
Forgiving the road every inch for miles
If your tyres survive
You know your heart will explode

And if this song was a sponge
Soaked in your blood
Well then I guess the story would be told
A fateful day
You became a spider
As I fed you blood from my nose

Now you're just like me

LYRICS : Dessert



You're the dessert brought burning in Bourbon
To smiles and glazy widening eyes
Extinguished by the breeze of hungry applause
And the grabbed forks shine
Awake enough to see quivering lips reach toward your soft sweet heart
Now loosening flesh in the spit of grinding teeth
Still trying to distinguish yourself from a ghost
Engulfed by the smile of swallowing

LYRICS : Haunted Eyes


Your eyes are as big as a quarter when they're shining
Your fingers reach down in my stomach lining
Your voice sounds just like an alley cat is crying
I got the feeling you have never once stopped trying to undress me
You make yourself into a mirror to reflect me
I see my eyes are shallow stones
In a prison made of bones
Wrapped in a bag of skin
Highlighted by the lines of repetition
That all my fear's been carving

Haunted eyes
Sing in secret
Haunted eyes
Are huge and empty
Haunted eyes
Flutter just like butterfly wings
Haunted eyes
They always watch you breathing

Drenching thunder rolls right by me
I'm only visible when you're beside me
And what I can't possess still remains inside of me
Its violence coming out of your mouth now
Is at once menacing and hard to see
Oh but finally I think I see
That you are fat and you are flat
You are a star in a jar
You're a monster with nothing who's been chewing
On the worm your best friend your pet fish was pursuing

You're the only witness so if you die
I don't think I'm considered guilty of this crime
I take it to bed with me each and every night
The guilt wakes me up and shades my morning light
Cause people break
In fact I helped you to destruct
I'll say anything you want but I can't reconstruct
You only tell more lies in a darker shade of white
Hurry up and punish me so I can feel alright
Forever, if ever, only ever, never 


LYRICS : Bottle Of You



I squeeze the last bit of you
Out of a bottle of your old shampoo
It smells just like you
Now I do too
Rinse out my hair and wipe my eyes
As your soap rolls in-between my toes
Dry myself off in the moonlight
And I can touch you
Every time I breath in through my nose
I wish that I had faith in you

I watched you breath into a heartbreak
The night we first held hands
Your eyes they switched from blue to green
Then they went back to being blue again
You say you never get to sleep
Cause all your dreams are buried in the sand
I could barely hear you crying
Over the buzz of our electric fan
I wish that I had faith in you

You're a tether ball
Fastened to the end of my head
Who you are and who you want to be
Are competing at opposite ends
And when they hit you back and forth
You squeeze tight around my neck
Darling I can barely breath
But I know that you mean
Absolutely no disrespect
I wish that I had faith in you

COVERART : Big City Secrets












1997/03/06

1997-03-06 - CBGB, New York




On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

in the sun
mercedes
big city secret
haunted eyes
history
the real you
porcupine
invisible hands


Recording :

1997-03-06 New_York




1997/02/12

1997-02-12 - Le Botanique, Brussels




On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

in the sun
mercedes
good about me
big city secret
marina
haunted eyes
history
crying like a man
daddy's on prozac
porcupine
birthday card


Recording :

1997-02-12 Brussels



1997/02/05

1997-02-05 - New Morning, Paris


On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

in the sun
mercedes
good about me
big city secret
invisible hands
marina
haunted eyes
history
someone to love
crying like a man
daddy's on prozac
bottle of you
porcupine
birthday card


Recording :

1997-02-05 Paris








1997/01/30

1997-01-30 - Caveau des Dominicains, Nancy



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist : 

mercedes
invisible hands
in the sun
big city secret
haunted eyes
history
good about me
birthday card
crying like a man
daddy's on prozac
bottle of you


Recording :

1997-01-30 Nancy


1997/01/28

1997-01-28 - La Laiterie, Strasbourg



On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

invisible hands
mercedes
big city secret
daddy's on prozac
in the sun
marina
haunted eyes
crying like a man
someone to love
porcupine


Recording :

1997-01-28 Strasbourg



1997-01-28 - FNAC Showcase, Strasbourg


On Stage :

Solo concert


Setlist :

invisible hands
marina
in the sun
someone to love
good about me


Recording :

1997-01-28 FNAC Showcase






1997/01/13