The Parousia

by Blake

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Now Samuel went to Bethlehem to see Jesse’s sons To find a new king for the people, the anointed one But the youngest son was tending to his sheep on the land And the Lord declared on David he would lay his hand And the Lord said David’s house would rule for ever more But the people were divided and forsook the law And the king of Babylon captured the land by the sword And he carried off the treasures of the house of the Lord King of Judah, King of Judah Now Daniel entered service in the court of the King And he prophesised the judgements he would reap for his sin And the king dreamed of an idol made of iron and clay Destroyed completely by a mountain that would last for an age And he interpreted the writing on the wall at the feast And they threw him to the lions but he ruled over the beasts In his vision he saw coming down with clouds from the sky One like a son of man whose kingdom will never die King of Judah, King of Judah And the beast with seven heads came and devoured the land But the rod of Jesse grew and was the Passover lamb And he taught them to show mercy to those on Judah’s shore Doing good unto your neighbour is the whole of the law And they nailed him to a tree and Satan thought he had won But He took all of our sins and then the work was done And he is coming back again to judge the living and dead For as in Adam all men die, in Christ have new life instead King of Judah, King of Kings
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She said, “Come back to mine We’ll have a good time You can meet all my friends They’ll help you make amends Cos you’re getting it wrong You need somebody strong We can show you the way Just give your life to Christ today.” But I said, “I’m already a Christian So take a good look inside So caught up in your mission Can’t see your spiritual pride. You’re sitting in judgement You condemn in His name Selecting quotes from The Bible You make me ashamed. You say I’m not saved For my soul you will pray I must be born again If I’m to make him my friend But I’m baptised in the church I’m confirmed in my work I love God just like you Just like the Muslims and the Jews And I said “I’m already a Christian But only God knows the Truth And he will rescue his people In ways we don’t choose You preach to Catholic countries Don’t you know they’re Christians, too Teaching hell and damnation If they don’t sign up with you I believe in Jesus (not you) I believe in Jesus (not you) I believe in Jesus (not you) I believe in Jesus Christ (not you)
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Vinyl Junkie (free) 03:46
I don’t buy mp3s I’m in love with vinyl It’s not snobbery it’s about survival I’ve got a steady hand when I drop the needle Collecting lots of bands especially The Beatles I got a long way to go but I know that I’ll never reach the end And my collection’s not complete and I’m becoming obsolete can I amend my ways? Got an enquiring mind, I examine labels Know what I want to find leaning over the table At the record fair, at the vintage clothes store You’ll always find me there trying to find a new score I got a long way to go but I know that I’ll never reach the end And my condition’s down as used my inner sleeve has been abused can I amend my ways? I see it as my goal to find the rarest pressings Something I can’t control spent too long obsessing But it’s my pension plan and it’s appreciating So can you dig it man my ears have got mint rating I got a long way to go but I know that I’ll never reach the end And now my record’s getting stuck and I believe I’m in a rut can I amend my ways? La la la la la I’m a vinyl junkie I got to get my fix I’m a vinyl junkie I got to get my kicks I’m a vinyl junkie
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The Parousia 04:01
Lord I want you and I need you Though sometimes you’re far from my mind Thank God you said you’ll always be with me With me until the end of time There’s nothing on earth that I can do To make you love me any more There’s nothing on earth you wouldn’t do To help us knock upon your door I just want to see the Parousia Lord I know that I’ve forsaken you All I think about is me Help me to know you help me to love you Only you can set me free There’s nothing on earth that we could do To hurt you more and cause you pain But one thing that I know is true Your love for us remains the same I just want to see the Parousia
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You should have stopped before you threw it all away You should have stopped I think you knew it You should have listened more to what I had to say You should have listened but you blew it Your selfish mind Has left you blind Words so unkind Sticks and stones May break my bones But it doesn’t matter what you say Because I never liked you anyway Sticks and stones May break my bones But it doesn’t matter what you say Because I never liked you anyway oh no, no, no I should have thought some more but like they always say I thought that you were the exception I should have thought some more and looked the other way Cos all I saw was my projection Your stupid mind Has kept you blind Words so unkind Sticks and stones May break my bones But it doesn’t matter what you say Because I never loved you anyway Sticks and stones May break my bones But it doesn’t matter what you say Because I never loved you anyway oh no, no, no
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I was waiting for you I guess I could say that now It didn’t really matter how long it took I’d have waited anyhow I was walking through the garden When I saw you sitting there And though I’ve seen some pretty girls None of them could compare You brushed your hand across your face And concentrated on the lines Inked on the book upon your lap Til your eyes met with mine For a short time For a short time But you’ll never be mine You’ll never be mine Just a moment in a day Your eyes fell back to your book I didn’t know what to say You’ll never be mine You’ll never be mine As the moment slips away A beautiful illusion and nothing more It’s best to think that way
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All Over Now 04:57
Living life on easy street You said that we were meant to meet Have you changed your mind? Cos now you could be anywhere You’re living life without a care Well, I guess that’s fine But don’t you want to try While the sun is still up high in the sky Don’t you wanna try It’s so hard to say goodbye It’s all over now I woke up started wondering Exactly what was happening When you looked inside Cos I can’t see the hill today But I know it’s there anyway Are you trying to hide? When I close my eyes I see your face When I dream at night I can’t escape All that I’m left without But if you’d let me in I’d show you why I’m better than that other guy We could work it out
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Frozen 03:40
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Keep your ears down to the ground Cos you don’t know when He’s coming down And all your sins will testify And only the righteous shall not die Be watchful till your time is done We know not the hour when He comes When He comes Many have come here in His name But He has seen right through their games And those that led his lambs astray Will find out soon the price they pay When the sun is dark and the moon is black When the stars all fall and the skies all crack And the winds blow swift from the earth to the sky When the Son of Man comes there ain’t no alibi
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I know that there’s a place Beyond time and space You won’t believe your eyes It’s made for you and I Where you can feel God’s grace And his touch on your face Where all that lives is One Cos we live in the Son Come down with me Where we can be free Come on and take my hand We’ll reach the promised land Where milk and honey flows And peace is all we know Where all the children sing And death don’t mean a thing And love is all around We’ll live on holy ground Come down with me Where we can be free Come down with me Where the pure waters run free yeah You can lay your burden down You can turn your life around Just call His name and you’ll see I know that there’s a place Beyond time and space A place where there’s no pain Cos truth and justice reign And everyone can come Cos God loves everyone Yes everyone can come God loves everyone Come down with me Where we can be free
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Panic Attack 01:45
I’m going out of my mind I just want to leave this world behind If you could stand in my shoes You’d pray to the Lord for peace of mind There’s no place for me to hide It’s dark and I just can’t find the light If you could stand in my shoes You’d pray to the Lord for peace of mind
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On Leaving Her Her voice rang like a bell from the slide Goodbye and my name was all she said As clear and as pure as that January night Frozen that news item froze me Steven Bell and his new hands and all those other times my walls of complacency came crashing down like today in the bookshop the lady whose limbs propelled her forward in a whirlwind of struggle or that handsome boy in Tesco stacking shelves with his one good arm i stare and stare to try and make it stick in these moments I’m aware i haven’t entirely lost feeling but also that most of my days drift by in selfish dreams in moments like these my heart deserves to break
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Well I sit looking out of my window at the setting sun And there’s so many things I can think of that I wish I’d done I need somebody to keep me on the narrow path Well I wish I could make amends for all the times I was cruel And I wish that we could still be friends and I was never a fool I need somebody to keep me on the narrow path Cos I can’t help myself I just can’t help myself I just can’t help myself I let you down Well I know you’ll never forgive me but I know he can And I know that he’ll always be with me I’m a lucky man I got somebody to keep me on the narrow path Cos I can’t help myself I just can’t help myself I just can’t help myself I let you down
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You may be black or you may be white it doesn’t matter You may be wrong or you may be right He doesn’t care about that kind of thing You may be good or you may be bad it doesn’t matter You may be happy you may be sad but how you feel ain’t gonna save your skin Because you’ll never get to heaven, you’ll never get to heaven You know you’re never gonna get in You can live under illusions or speculate solutions But the only way to save your soul is to give it to Him You may be straight or you may be gay it doesn’t matter You may like to work or you may like to play He doesn’t care about that kind of thing You may be rich or you may be poor it doesn’t matter You may be at peace or you may be at war but only one thing’s gonna save your skin Because you’ll never get to heaven, you’ll never get to heaven You know you’re never gonna get in You can live under illusions or speculate solutions But the only way to save your soul is to give it to Him
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Hope 02:05
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O Come O Come Emmanuel (free) 05:09
O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Wisdom from on high, Who ord'rest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show And teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, O come, thou Lord of might, Who to thy tribes on Sinai's height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From the depths of hell Thy people save And give them vict'ry o'er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Key of David, come And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spitis by thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.

about

This is another album that wasn’t meant to happen and it was even more surprising that it ended up as a double! I began working on ‘I Believe In Jesus (Not You)’, ‘All Over Now’ and a song called ‘Superman’ (which would later turn into ‘When The Angels Fall From The Sky’) prior to the release of Latest Pop Sounds (9th January 2010). I didn’t finish them in time so I released them as an EP (entitled 'When The Angels Fall From The Sky') on 14th February along with a song I updated from a demo which I had originally recorded in 2004 for Karmatruffle, ‘Sticks And Stones’. I truly thought that was that then, but I felt a nagging urge to record some of the early tracks I’d written for Karmatruffle in 2002 which had been performed live when we were still a three-piece, but had subsequently disappeared from view. I found myself recording four more tracks: ‘Never Get To Heaven’, ‘When He Comes’, ‘Panic Attack’ and ‘Coming Down’. I wasn’t satisfied with the latter, so I replaced it with a newly written track ‘Where We Can Be Free’ to create a new four track EP, Will The Real Blake Please Stand Up? I made this EP available on 7 Digital’s indiestore on 24th April. Again, I thought that was that. However, I then messed things up by coming up with the riff to ‘King Of Judah’ and felt obliged to finish the song. This led to another proposed four track EP comprising that track and ‘Morning Prayer’, ‘Just To See Her Again’ and ‘Vinyl Junkie’. This time I thought it would be best just to release the three EPs as an album, as I don’t really find EPs to be a satisfying format. Of course, by the time I’d finished working on the design for the album, another seven tracks had been born, including the one that would lend its name to the title. I rounded it off to twenty songs with the addition of a song that my wife and I recorded for fun the Christmas before, ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’. It seemed appropriate to place it at the end of the record as it tied up many of the themes running through it. It’s not exactly a concept album, but it certainly contains my most overtly religious material. I’d been listening to a lot of Kula Shaker again at this time, following their reunion, and I guess I was inspired to do a Christian version of their hybrid of psychedelic rock and Krsna Consciousness (not that it’s anywhere near as good, unfortunately). Any rate, hope you like it. Of course, like all good double albums, it should have been a single.

credits

released July 27, 2010

All instruments, voices and programming by Blake except ‘Dig The Beat’ rap vocals by KCentric (www.kcentricity.com) and backing vocals on ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ by Mrs Sarah Pugsley.
All songs written by Julian Pugsley, except ‘Dig The Beat’ by Nelson/Pugsley and ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ Trad. Arr. Pugsley.
Produced by Blake. Recorded at home December 2009 to July 2010.
Photography by Blake at Sheldon Manor, Wiltshire.

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