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Saracen Blade

from being human by Rob Lamothe

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"my friend mike daley wrote saracen blade. he's a brilliant songwriter and the song just killed me when i heard him play it live with his band at the "ragin' cajun". recorded for being human with mike on acoustic guitar, the voodoo brothers on drums and bass... and lisa winn singing harmony. i played piano and just let paul's bass tell me where to go."

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walk through the market, reach the last stall
awning is cranked down as the rain starts to fall
two pounds in my pocket enough for one meal
but hunger is replaced by the gleam of the steel

by the time the first drops fall it’s tucked in my shirt
back at the hostel my brain starts to hurt
drawn from the scabbard, it shines in the dark
with bloody hands and damp with dew
I wake in the park

there again, the saracen blade
cutting down to the clearing i made
a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid
girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife
this blade is the master of my saracen life

some die in the riots of faith
some disappear in the confusion of crowds
some are crushed under their own weight
and some from the silence as the music plays loud

I don’t lay blame on the knife
cutting down to the clearing i’ve made
a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid
girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife
this blade is the master of my saracen life

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from being human, released January 1, 1998

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Rob Lamothe Ontario

The Toronto Star says I am ‘a mercurial artist who slides effortlessly from rustic roots music to soulful country pop to full-blown rock balladry’. Works for me!

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