Dead Clown

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an old favourite of mine, I've dragged this track half way round the world and back. Its helped me through many a lonely moment, very Tom-Waits inspired... some of the lyrics I wrote in London when I was 23 and that was nearly 8 years ago now shiiiit! I remember I was chasing this girl who was studying at the cordon-bleu to be a chef.. very fancy.. And I'd go back to my friends where I was staying and watch Tom Waits' Big Time video and be all razzle-dazzled... thanks for the inspiration!


I found a dead clown sitting at the bar, stalker walker on the rocks with a half-smoked cigar. Well he drunkenly abused me, said I'd never go far so i stubbed his smoke and drank his drink and put him in my car.
He was a dead clown, heading straight down.
When somebody thought, hmm he's been gone for a while, they caught him talking to vegetables in the grocery aisle, he said: "I need some of that black aspirin, drink a whole bottle, do my best only then, won'tcha put me to the test".
Dead clown, heading straight down.
With his arms in his coat and his hand on the pocket and his eyes on the chemist door. With that one-way ticket to remove the remaining blemish holding back from the dreams he had before. To the town he wants to belong, and all the fire in his eyes. For the one he now can't have, shows his ways through the perils of desire, for the maid she threw in the anchor and all his memories, she hurled in the fire.
He was a dead clown, heading straight down.
Temptation temptress, tempt me with your timid tremble
Well I shoulda, and I woulda, I fucken coulda.
When you're a pusher, you're a begger, with a story like a dregger.
Even the legit ones with a shop for their stuff, go against the book so that they can make enough. Delivering the fishes at 3am, bringing in the wishes through the atm.
Dead Clown, heading straight down.


from Glisten Up, released February 4, 2017
Featuring Leslie Marsh on drums.
Some gtr and vocal parts recorded by Max Schollar-Root at Bandhaus studios.
The rest is me: Thomas Dodd: guitars, bass, beat-boxing, vocals, production.
Ableton live sure helped!



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