The Parousia

by Blake

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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.

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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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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. My new album 'Holy Roller' is released on 15th April 2017. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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Track Name: King of Judah
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
Track Name: I Believe In Jesus (Not You)
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)
Track Name: Vinyl Junkie
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
Track Name: The Parousia
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
Track Name: Sticks And Stones
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

Well sticks and stones
May break my bones
But it doesn’t matter what you say
Because I never liked you anyway oh 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

Well sticks and stones
May break my bones
But it doesn’t matter what you say
Because I never loved you anyway oh no
Track Name: Beautiful Illusion
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
Track Name: All Over Now
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
Track Name: When He Comes
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
Track Name: Where We Can Be Free
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
Track Name: Panic Attack
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
Track Name: Just To See Her Again
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
Track Name: I Let You Down
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
Track Name: Never Get To Heaven
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
Track Name: O Come O Come Emmanuel
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.
(chorus)

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.
(chorus)

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.
(chorus)

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.
(chorus)

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.
(chorus)

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.
(chorus)