Portrait of Portraits

by Riverdistrict

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NIGHTMARES: Come from the stomach.
OPTIMIST: Synonym for idiot.
MUSICIAN: The characteristic of the true musician is to compose no music, to play no instrument, and to despise virtuosos.
- Flaubert (from the Dictionary of Received Ideas)

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released 01 November 2010

All music by Tim Nolet / Riverdistrict. Recorded at home in the Rivierenwijk, Utrecht, NL.
Mastering by Mandy Parnell. Artwork by Patrick van Vliet.

visit at: www.riverdistrictmusic.com
mail at: contact@riverdistrictmusic.com

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Track Name: Preface
Take me from this place
I'll follow in silence my head low
I never meant to stay
The lights here are blinding me let's all go...
But before I sleep
I'll softly speak to my ghosts
A story blows in through my open window
Track Name: Government Man
You're a government man you'll state your name
You're a government man you'll face no blame

When demons call
You will fall
You'll be redefined as a man

You're a government man you'll state your case
Please government man don't hide your face

When demons call
You will fall
You'll be redefined as a man

Government man you'll be all right this time
Government man you'll be fine
Didn't we think you wouldn't last a day
I hope you find your way

Government man you'll be alright this time
Government man you'll be fine
Didn't we think you wouldn't last a day
I hope you find your way

You're the type of man that the people never see
You're the type that they breed so carefully
But I will see you when you are on your knees
You're the man we all wanted to be
Track Name: Portrait of Portraits
Hearts and vains of the deepest blue
Drawn from paint to speak the truth
All the ghosts we have seen
Of kings and queens
They're portraits of portraits we see

No I don't know how to look away
No I don't know what they will say
But maybe they just show
What happens when we go...

Gestures, poses on palace walls
Starry eyes have seen it all
With a face to keep
They'll never sleep
They're portraits of portraits we see

No I don't know what they will say
No I don't know how too look away
But maybe they just show
What happens when we go...
Track Name: All the Things You Find Outside (Song for CCTV)
Coloured roses and sticks and stones
Were all the clues you had
A million flees and summer bees
All crawled along your path

Burrowed holes and woodland souls
Mean you'll never sleep alone
Your hour shows that you should go
Don't leave the cinders glow

But all the things you find outside are growing
And all she does is take the world but slowly
But slowly, but slowly, but slowly...
Track Name: Tanks and Tigers
When the night smells of ink and church bells
The hand of sleep grabs a hold
I become a fighter of tanks tigers
The buildings fall to the floor

It's the same thing that you had
When soldiers surround you
you have to prioritize, prioritize

And no one held you by the hand
The crawling and biting
You fail to prioritize, prioritize

As for now, I'll take a vow of silence and...

But in my head
And in my heart
I could fight all the wars
And from my bed
I'll defy all the laws
Ooh....somewhere.....

I can't forget, the song we sang
Even while we slept
Track Name: Your Day Is Gone
I swallow glass and stones
My lungs are filled with smoke
The thorns are in my side
My head is going white

Watch me sink into the floor
You better run 'cause now your day is gone
I close my hands and my eyes
'Cause now your day is gone!

It drives you up the wall
The heavens start to fall
My head is filled with lies
I'll find a place to hide

Watch me sink into the floor
You better run 'cause now your day is gone
I close my hands and my eyes
'Cause now your day is gone!
Track Name: Smiles so Gray
No way to fake it
Some things are sacred
What comes to bloom
Can wilt so soon

My eyes can't take it
But still they make it
With smiles so gray
Don't miss a day

I want to believe everything I see
On polaroid prints and color TVs

In Lebanon they're calling for peace
And the ice grows back on the arctic seas

Clips from kids from the underground
Where the giants and kings come falling down

A trip to the moon in a yellow bus
And it's all about them and it's all about us
Track Name: Garçon
You put 'm in a home
You lock 'm in a room
So when the next visitor calls
He'll be right there where you left him

Say what you like
And do it all the time
Taste what you like
And do it all of the time

Let's put 'm in a boat
And push 'm out to sea
And watch them pray
When the waves
Slowly
Swallow them whole

Say what you like
And do it all the time
Taste what you like
And do it all of the time

There were names I couldn't read
In the place I couldn't see
Track Name: Broke and Fell (Version 2)
I winged some stuff
But hoped you couldn't tell
When we sat around the room you tripped
You broke and nearly fell

You could be some kind of saint
Pull your fingers through my brain
La la la la la

Took some time to see
That you never really walked
You floated upon air

Took some time to see
That you could have been a goddess
To a man that never knelled

I came home to tell about
That I want to forget about
But if you bite your lips
I'll do the same
Shoot your poison in my veins
La la la la la
Track Name: Isaac Newton
Forging golden bars from lead
The light of Venus on your head
And the side effects of
And the side effects of
Drinking all that mercury
In the seventeenth century

Natural philosopher
You dig up bones
You're throwing stones
Off the highest bridge
All our actions fixed
By equations drawn from principles
Making all those apples fall

We don't have a clue
But it's science so it's true

Natural philosopher
You dig up bones
You're throwing stones
Of the highest bridge
All our actions fixed
By the rules that make the cosmos run
Swinging earth around the sun

Peering through a telescope
See Saturn's rings throwing shadows
But still I have a fear so old
Of falling of the edge of the world
Falling of the edge of the world

We don't have clue
That is what we learned from you
Track Name: Underneath My Knife
Underneath my knife
I'm putting down the lines
I'm drawing eyes on you
I'm cutting into lines
I'm drawing smiles from you

Like falling down the stairs at night
Like falling down the stairs...

When we are alone
Your skin is just like bone
See what my knife can do
Make you beautiful
'Cause I'm spending all my life with you
Spending all my life with you

The world crawls across your face in silence again
When the night sets in I close my eyelids again
I wake, I know, it's too close to the bone

Like falling down the stairs at night
Like falling down the stairs...

The world crawls across your face in silence again
When the night sets in I close my eyelids again
I wake, I know, it's too close to the bone