The Dead Flag Blues
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Dead Flag Blues

The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blows

The government is corrupt
And we’re on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawn

We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down
And the billboards are all leering
And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles

It went like this:

The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies
Picked through the rubble
And pulled out their hair

The skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze

I said, “Kiss me, you’re beautiful -
These are truly the last days”

You grabbed my hand
And we fell into it
Like a daydream
Or a fever

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down
For sure it’s the valley of death

I open up my wallet
And it’s full of blood

First song i ever heard that profoundly changed the way i view music,
John Peel in the 90s has a lot to answer for! my playlist is now so massive that i can stick shuffle on and not hear the same track for two full years…
I listen to music pretty much constantly, at work, in bed, whilst climbing, studying, driving, in the shower, working out. I’m never without a tune!
And this is in large down to these Canadians, before i heard this i was fed mass pop over a radio, this changed all that!

13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round the Side of Your Bed
A Silver Mt. Zion
13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round the Side of Your Bed

13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round the Side of Your Bed
A Silver Mt. Zion
He Has Left Us Alone, But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms (2000)


“Our Fortress Is Burning… II: Bloodbirds”
(Album: Ashes Against the Grain, 2006)