Tilt

by Latin Quarter

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1.
03:43
Nico (Jeffries/Jones) If chaos had a face it would have your endless eyes I would never learn to swim them, never learn to fly I would never find the way out, never learn the grid The first time I saw them, I really should have hid. But you looked like Nico And I knew from the get-go That I just couldn’t let go Because you looked like Nico. And I knew from the get-go That I just couldn’t let go The poppy is a red, a red it shares with blood What we gather in a heartbeat, we let go in the flood I thought that I had won her trust, I won the blues instead This is where I stumbled, this is where I bled But you looked like Nico And I knew from the get-go That I just couldn’t let go Because you looked like Nico. And I knew from the get-go……. When we met why did it look like a movie Or maybe an ad Why were the first ten seconds The best ten seconds we had? But you looked like Nico And I knew from the get-go That I just couldn’t let go Because you looked like Nico. And I knew from the get-go That I just couldn’t let go
2.
04:09
50 Grams (Skaith) 50 grams of cocaine found by the police In a smart Chelsea mansion But a prince intervenes Suddenly prison gets changed to a caution Well maybe that’s right, maybe that’s wrong Still there remains this one question : What if those grams had been found In a terrace in Boscombe or St Paul’s or Brixton? It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks. It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks. If you can kick a ball better than most Your chance is improving And it has to be said, my kid ain’t up chimneys Or stitching for Nike or Puma But 11 grand a term will buy you much more than education The door is open wide boys Come on in, take your place at the head of our nation. It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks . It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks. Radio 4 still signs off with ‘God save the Queen.’ So we can feel safe and sound in this other Eden And she still moves among us, shakes hands with the many and few But keep your eyes low and don’t speak unless you are spoken to. To some the rewards, to many the burden. It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks . It still matters the side of the tracks you’re from It still matters the side of the tracks
3.
Sometimes the Big Fish (Dunsford / Harewood / Jones) Sometimes the big fish are so close in shore I could scoop them with my hand But then I never want to stretch that far And so I’ m restless on dry land. If we could talk it over. Sometimes a cloud burst, I can’t remember How it was before the rain But then the tides recede and I’m left with All this wreckage to explain. If we could talk it over. If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in calendars And live an endless day to day If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in years gone by They get shorter everyday Sometimes the big fish. Sometimes it’s easy, I hear voices “He lives on the second floor”. And then the footsteps and the shadows In the light beneath my door. If we could talk it over. If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in calendars And live an endless day to day If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in years gone by They get shorter everyday If we could talk it over We’d chase away my routine The cruel cycle of the days Would all give way To just a whisper If we could talk it over If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in calendars And live an endless day to day If you could talk to me We’d make no sense of what I say I talk in years gone by They get shorter everyday Sometimes the big fish.
4.
03:24
TILT (Skaith/Jones) Iron snakes rise up Out of the reinforced foundation of a house Someone dreamed he wanted built. I sit with you, you sit with me and softly say ‘This is no sunset, let’s relax and wait And watch the earth tilt.’ A fingernail of moon scraped through A sky of deepest navy blue That covered surf and shoreline like a quilt. You sit with me, I sit with you and say “Go easy on the anisette, I’m sure I just began to feel the Earth tilt Tilt away from the sun And draw the blood red waves towards us Tilt back into space And hope the shining stars reward us. I’m breaking here or broken But I hold that thought and your hand And try to batten down the rising tide of guilt I sit with you, you sit with me and say ‘Who ordered us this string quartet Cos something changed and it wasn’t just the Earth tilt? Tilt away from the sun And draw the blood red waves towards us Tilt back into space And hope the shining stars reward us. The floor is always moving, it doesn’t seem that way Maybe it will be me tomorrow, if it’s you today.
5.
04:15
Marianne (Skaith/Jones) Outside a building as ugly as hunger An ancient woman kissed the 50’s goodbye With more than half of her life left to cling to She clung on and she hung on but she never knew why. Shorn of a lover, but left with a daughter Who gave birth to Marianne and then said goodbye Days turned to years, full of months she’d remember As always November and never July. So many secrets she could not confide Just erosion with no Eros inside. Oh Marianne, don’t fall Cos this love she gives, cannot help disappearing Oh Marianne, keep your balance Oh I swear that I can hear the people cheering. Take her to school or take her to China they said It makes no difference when sense says goodbye But you drew her a map, you gave her a compass You dug her a well and it never ran dry So many secrets she could not confide Just erosion with no Eros inside Oh Marianne, don’t fall Cos this love she gives, cannot help disappearing Oh Marianne, keep your balance Oh I swear that I can hear the people cheering For all the woe there is, For all the woe there is, in a woman For all the woe there is It’s not enough to ever slow a single second down. Oh Marianne, don’t fall
6.
03:56
The Cat (Jeffries / Jones) Seems that you expected a higher kind of price I could have loved you once at that I could never love you twice In and out the houses Out and into fashion Now it seems the cat has got your tongue And the beast has your compassion ‘Put some love where your dreams are’ Was on the air in the empty night Then you feel the cat come padding Scratching at the corners of your sight I discovered early that all your drinks were laced And as you kept on pouring them I saw your paintings were all defaced Oranges and ochres Canvasses to size Now it seems the cat has got your tongue And it’s making for my eyes ‘Put some love where your dreams are’ Was on the air in the empty night Then you feel the cat come padding Scratching at the corners of your sight There are claws to this contract There are terms that you can’t pronounce There’s an alley you don’t go bowling in There’s a shadow, all set to pounce ‘Put some love where your dreams are’ Was on the air in the empty night Then you feel the cat come padding Scratching at the corners of your sight
7.
03:48
Once, Twice (Harewood/ Dunsford) Broken heart, wasted years Angry thoughts, but none of them spoken Dirty cups in an unkempt room A break for freedom Cannot come too soon. Not once, not twice Did he comfort her tears Not once, not twice They spoke via madam Gin and Monsieur Beer. Ruffled sheets on an unmade bed Last night’s sex is better left unsaid Wilted blooms, in a dried out vase Reflections of the no love lost between them Not once, not twice Did he comfort her tears Not once, not twice They spoke via madam Gin and Monsieur Beer. About their broken hearts, shattered dreams Worthless words, the memories to keep Vapour trails cross a clear blue sky Dissipate like their love once when new…… Not once, not twice Did he comfort her tears Not once, not twice But it was insincere. Not once, not twice Did he comfort her tears Not once, not twice They spoke via madam Gin and Monsieur Beer. About their broken hearts, shattered dreams Worthless words, The memories to keep
8.
03:37
Fireflies (Skaith/Jones) So many friends in the park, Smoke blowing over from France I took a pipe from a hand And somebody got up to dance This American guy said ‘Chicago’s the place to be’. I looked all around and I said This place looks OK to me. Julie changed her school uniform For something longer in lace There was light in her eyes And a smile across her face It was Prague Spring, Luther King Ideas were everywhere So much happening… But it took so long to realise, It took so long to realise Big ideas and our bright, bright eyes We were only fireflies We were only fireflies. People marched in the street Ten thousand in a Square All trying to stop a war Policemen running everywhere Beaten down for civil rights Had to dream so loud On a hotel balcony A gunman waits inside a crowd But it took so long to realise, It took so long to realise Big ideas and our bright, bright eyes We were only fireflies We were only…… But we couldn’t hold onto it Though the scent’s still in the air Smoke may shift or disappear Though it’s always spring somewhere Grosvenor, Tiananmen, Tahir Square It took the springs to realise, It took the springs to realise Big ideas and our bright, bright eyes We need a world of fireflies
9.
Take it to Miriam (Dunsford / Harewood / Jones) You took the dog -watch, after the night of watching We walked the grey-washed dawn, the 10th of Capricorn And came to naming the new–born. What did the stars say? Could this be a dog day? We have to log the birth, should we call her Mother Earth? For all the trouble that it’s worth. So take it to Miriam, if you need to read the signs Give her all your letters, she can read between the lines So take it to Miriam, even when you don’t believe You come in with your doubts, but you leave them when you leave So take it to Miriam. Don’t tell me they meant well, this is how my cards fell Born in a state of shock, the sun and moon in hock But they just filled my head with rock Lived in a trailer, and traipsed the hippy trail Those dippy bells they rung, they said ‘power to the young’ But it turned sour on the tongue. So take it to Miriam, if you need to read the signs Give her all your letters, she can read between the lines So take it to Miriam, even when you don’t believe You come in with your doubts, but you leave them when you leave So take it to Miriam. Can’t make the cities smell like heaven With just a flower in your hand Can’t pay the man at the 7/11 With pretty stars that you paint on sand Well it’s cash in hand Is all he’ll ever need or understand
10.
One Stone, the Avalanche (Skaith / Jones) The president of nothing, the ground beneath his feet Digging with his bare hands The sedimented, suffocated layer of deceit President of nowhere, the borders closing in Even as his dreams come true He’s compromising, minimising the space he dreams them in. One stone, the avalanche. What is swept away? Who will tell of those who walked and those who crept away? One stone, the avalanche. What is left exposed? The ribs of a bitter memory that never, ever decomposed. The president of chaos, he don’t know which God to trust But getting by without one Isn’t easy since the certainties of science bit the dust. One stone, the avalanche. What is swept away? And who will tell of those who walked and those who crept away? One stone the avalanche. What is left exposed? The ribs of a bitter memory that never, ever decomposed. What finds life when the ice thaws? Ideas colder than the cold wars. The presidents of absence in a discontinued post Finding out the hardest way To wrestle with the unforgiving, almost living ghost One stone, the avalanche One stone, the avalanche One stone, the avalanche.

about

Latin Quarter first burst onto the scene with their singles "Radio Africa" and "New Millionaires" – songs that stayed for months in the German single charts in the 80s, with the album "Modern Times" selling more than 300.000 copies worldwide. The band then went on to make 5 more albums before splitting up in 1998.

However, in 2011 five of the original musicians got together again. Unlike other bands they didn’t rely on previous fame but released an album with new songs, reflecting private and political life today. „Ocean Head“ was released in 2012 in Germany only, but the follow up album „Tilt“ is scheduled for the release in GSA in March 2014 and in the UK in May 2014.

In 2010 it was already obvious that the band would be reformed. Singer and Songwriter Steve Skaith had released an album with his own project “Steve Skaith Band”, where he presented former hits of the band Latin Quarter in a semi-acoustic version. It was an intimate album, the compositions stripped down to their melodic basis. Steve Skaith, member of a human rights organization and fan of Phil Ochs (idol of Bob Dylan and Eddie Vedder as well), set the focus on what has been a trade mark of Latin Quarter: political and timeless lyrics of lyricist Mike Jones, dealing with political and personal crisis and grievance. And of course, love.

This album gained a lot of response and respect and led to the reunification of the band Latin Quarter. The revived band is still composing around ingenious lyrics, full of wit and critical comments on contempoarary politics combined but with equal emphasis on melody and rhythm. Latin Quarter are celebrating their 30th anniversary with this new album, new compositions and wonderful lyrics, mostly written by Mike Jones. Special Guest on "Tilt": Chris Rea on slide guitar, Richard Wright and Ed Hogston on electric guitar.

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released March 26, 2014

GREG HAREWOOD - BASS
YONA DUNSFORD - VOCALS
STEVE JEFFRIES - KEYBOARDS AND BACKING VOCAL S
STEVE SKAITH - GUITAR AND VOCAL S
MARTIN DITCHAM - DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
MIKE JONES - LYRICS

Special Guests: CHRIS REA on slide guitar, RICHARD WRIGHT and ED HOGSTON on electric guitar.

ENGINEERED, PRODUCED, MIXED AND MASTERED BY STEVE JEFFRIES

ALBUM ARTWOK BY NEOMANIA DESIGN

All songs published by Westpark Music, except ‘Nico’ & ‘The Cat’ (Westpark Music | Atlantic 7)], ‘Sometime s the Big Fish’ & ‘ Take it to Miriam’ (Westpark Music | Copyright Control), ‘Once, Twice’ (Copyright Control)

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Latin Quarter first burst onto the scene with their singles "Radio Africa" and "New Millionaires" – songs that stayed for months in the German single charts in the 80s. The band split up in 1998. In 2011 five of the original musicians got together again. Unlike other bands they didn’t rely on previous fame but released two albums with new songs - 'Ocean Head' and 'Tilt'. ... more

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