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Joseph Arthur — Mother of Exiles
Album: Redemption City
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Released: 2012
Length: 3:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Is there a mother of exiles
Is there a father of truth
Is there a shepherd to take us
Through the darkness of youth

Are there words that bring salvation
Is there a sky that never falls
Is there a voice, which moves love
That knows the hollow of your calls

Is there light that sings your heart song
Is there hearts in ghosts that haunt
Do shadows ever whisper
As they die from the weight of want

Did I ever really need you
Or was it an illusion born of time
Will you fade from my memory
Could I recover my lost mind

Is this road never ending
From this life and beyond
Are we always somewhere sending
The signal moving on

And if love itself can't save us
What use the cry of man
If love itself can't save us
What is the master plan

The sky is always falling
My will is dying here
The voices always calling
Behind the waves of need and fear

Give up now surrender
What are you and where
Who are you deceiving
When you pretend to care

A night owl and a carcass
A widow and a snake
A fire burning nothing
Except the will to need and take

A fire reaching higher
It may even lick the sun
God can feel its heat now
As all his humans run

From desire to desire
From need to bleeding need
With mouths still opened skyward
The mother still must feed

Is there a mother of exiles
Is there a father of truth
Will anyone find her way home
Or to the heart and soul of youth
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 Imkirok wrote:
Reminds me of Sopranos soundtrack.
 
Well, they do sound VERY much like Alabama 3 who wrote/played the track. 

I love this Fripp/Adrian Belew inspired sound!
very catchy, instant attraction - nice
LOVE THIS TOO!
I just saw this group in concert in their hometown, DC. An 8 piece group with 4 singers. It was so groovy. an 8.2 rating on this.
i'm not allowed to mention marilyn manson?
reminds me a bit of gary Clarke jr grea stuff
{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
Haha anybody else read "copy paste is a sin" in the lyrics? 
If my life choices bring me to the gates of inferno upon my dying day, this music will be playing.

And I will dance the nasty dance.
Reminds me of Sopranos soundtrack.
BillG wrote:

Free download @ josepharthur.com
  

hey cool, cheers!!!
 jt1 wrote:

This felt a little jarring after Sade, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel...but I'm persevering with it and its growing on me a little. Shame it broke the spell that was making Monday morning at work that bit more pleasant though.



 
It's all about timing, I guess. At 4am Sunday morning (really Saturday night) it works like magic!!
 mandolin wrote:
...i was just listening to joseph arthur's contribution to peter gabriel's i'll scratch yours a couple of days ago, a really intense interpretation of shock the monkey, and thought to myself that i need to track down this CD:  very cool stuff!..

 
Thanks for the connects. Mandolin in Oregon?

This felt a little jarring after Sade, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel...but I'm persevering with it and its growing on me a little. Shame it broke the spell that was making Monday morning at work that bit more pleasant though.


 mandolin wrote:
...i was just listening to joseph arthur's contribution to peter gabriel's i'll scratch yours a couple of days ago, a really intense interpretation of shock the monkey, and thought to myself that i need to track down this CD:  very cool stuff!..

 
I've only heard Joseph Arthur on RP, and I love this song!

You can download Redemption City from his website for free.  I'm sure he would appreciate a donation though...

https://www.josepharthur.com/2012/redemption-city/
 lemmoth wrote:
Sounds like Mr. Reznor
 
I was gettin' a NIN vibe, fer sher.
...i was just listening to joseph arthur's contribution to peter gabriel's i'll scratch yours a couple of days ago, a really intense interpretation of shock the monkey, and thought to myself that i need to track down this CD:  very cool stuff!..
Total dog gauze sick funk-mark it
Sounds like Mr. Reznor
LOVE that totally stanked out guitar! {#Guitarist}
This tune really intrigues me.  Amazon's "Artist Statement" on Arthur is an interesting read; he's remarkably prolific, active, and philanthropically minded.
Wow. I hadn't heard this before. Very, very nice.
WOOOW!
empty sad...beautifully done.
Groovin' Movin' Rockin'! Love it!
Without knowing a thing about this, I gotta say "F-F!!"  Funky-Fripp-ertronics.  And oh baby, that is some kinda good!!
Love it - and from Johnny Cash.
 vit wrote:
Trent Reznor on ketamine?

 
No, TTDA on melatonine.
Really diggin' that guitar.  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Everyone at the Beach Hut loves this song!  Shagging!{#Dancingbanana}
Different, and gooooooood!  Arthur Brown sound-alike voice and some crazy maniacal guitar work!  And, what, a tambourine?  Yes, this is good!
NO WAYYYYYY , IM WAY INTO IT, I CAN DEF INATELY FEEL IT!
Where'd that Campari go?
no thx. This sounds like a strange mix of Golden Years by Bowie and.. Slash's guitar?  pass.

This song is funky cool...  love it...
Yea, this could go away anytime now.
Very nice!
Most excellenf

 Catalytic wrote:
Sounds like Beck
 





I hear Zappa. And other stuff.
Sounds like Beck
{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}
Trent Reznor on ketamine?
This is no classic, but it stands on its own. Don't pull it from rotation.
Must have been having a lousy day when I originally pinned a 1 on this. Upgraded to 7.
....7->8.....growing....
First time hearing this, and LOVING it! {#Sunny}
 BillG wrote:

Free download @ josepharthur.com
 
....pushed this in front cause THANX,BILL.............discovering JA since your link......{#Yes}
Guy thought his guitar is creative, but it's just boring.
Now, THAT was four minutes well spent. A must-add for the Mitchell collection.
 aspicer wrote:
Definitely a lot of Fripp and some Belew influence!
 

Maybe.  But nowhere near as accomplished.

I hear interesting bits but the constant wall of sound simply doesn't appeal.  


Wow — that was Joseph Arthur?
, Not bad sir, not bad!
Definitely a lot of Fripp and some Belew influence!
 Webdrifters wrote:
Complex and brilliant. Amalgam of Moby, Maclaren and Lou Reed. And now followed by Syntax... Bill, more please!
 
I was just going to say that this sounds like it could been done by Syntax (Meccano Mind). Very similar. Not bad.
In the sixties there were drugs to make this kind of thing bearable.
gypsyman wrote:
nobody hears Zappa?
 
I thought it sounded like Fripp.....sounds awesome!
 gypsyman wrote:
nobody hears Zappa?
 

nope, maybe a little of that gibson SG sound perhaps, but i get a way lot more reznor from it
Just got back from a day on the water and heavy traffic - this set is exactly what was needed, that and a Gin + Campari.
nobody hears Zappa?
 BillG wrote:

Free download @ josepharthur.com
 
Thanks for the tip, Bill :)
Complex and brilliant. Amalgam of Moby, Maclaren and Lou Reed. And now followed by Syntax... Bill, more please!
 JsDad wrote:
Can't find this song or CD on Amazon or iTunes.  Any help?
 
Free download @ josepharthur.com
Can't find this song or CD on Amazon or iTunes.  Any help?
Never heard of him, but keep it in the rotation - I can see it growing on me....
I thought this was Trent Reznor until I checked the details.  I like it!
I am somehow reminded of Bowie.
...woke up this morning, got myself a mother of exiles...
Yuck. PSD.
Wait a second - is this the guy who is the God of Hellfire?{#Dance}
oldsaxon, wassup - you logged on but then thought "I can't be bothered"?
I like this new one from Mr Joseph. I always find him hit and miss, but his hits are brilliant.
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