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about

The first verse of this song was in my head pretty much fully formed when I woke up one morning. The lyrics of the chorus and last verse are inspired by Tennyson's 'The Lotos Eaters':

"...Branches they bore of that enchanted stem,
Laden with flower and fruit, whereof they gave
To each, but whoso did receive of them,
And taste, to him the gushing of the wave
Far far away did seem to mourn and rave
On alien shores; and if his fellow spake,
His voice was thin, as voices from the grave;
And deep-asleep he seem'd, yet all awake,
And music in his ears his beating heart did make.

They sat them down upon the yellow sand,
Between the sun and moon upon the shore;
And sweet it was to dream of Fatherland,
Of child, and wife, and slave; but evermore
Most weary seem'd the sea, weary the oar,
Weary the wandering fields of barren foam.
Then some one said, "We will return no more";
And all at once they sang, "Our island home
Is far beyond the wave; we will no longer roam."..."

About a year after writing this song, while researching Kate Bush's Hounds of Love album for a performance, I discovered that the 'The Ninth Wave' song cycle was inspired by, amongst other things, a stanza in Tennyson's poem 'Idylls of The King: The Coming of Arthur':

"Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
Till last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame"

Seems fitting that my inspirations inspirations are also my inspirations... this synchronicity was also another reason why I decided to include the live recording of Hounds Of Love as a bonus track for this re-release.

lyrics

The Lotus Eaters will have you next
Off with their flowers and off with their dex
It’s a twice-bitten road up ahead
Don’t lay, lady, lay in the night terrors' bed
(Is it cruel to be kind or kind to be cruel?
Whatever you want - they’ll take the best of you)

It’s been a long time coming now, honey
Won’t you take that? Be there? It wouldn’t be right
To let you down easy, down easy
So far down
(Are you scared to be brave or brave to be scared?
Whatever you hear - don’t trust in a word they’ve said)

The waves they mourn and rave so far away
Don’t let them carry your voice under
Keep sailing til you eat the edge of day
To satisfy this violent hunger

Lay me down, leave us alone
Wear me out, we will no longer roam
To the sound beyond the barren foam
Hear me out, let me go home

It’s been a long time coming now.
It’s been a long time coming now.
It’s been a long time coming now.
It’s been a long time coming.

credits

from The Lotus Eaters (The Night Terrors Tour Edition), released January 15, 2016
Vocals/piano/organ: Jennifer Kingwell
Cello: Jess Keeffe
Bass: Adam Rudegeair
Drums: Chad Blaster
Synth programming: Kim Lajoie

Written and composed by Jennifer Kingwell

Produced by: Kim Lajoie and Jennifer Kingwell
Recorded at: Obsessive Music Studios
Engineered, mixed and mastered by: Kim Lajoie at Obsessive Music Studios
Remastered for this release by Myles Mumford at Bakehouse Studios

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Jennifer Kingwell Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne based, Darwin born, Jennifer Kingwell is a musician and performer of ‘delicious contrasts’, crafting songs from punk ukulele anthems and sultry piano ballads to epic alternative pop.

Possessing a voice described as ‘dynamite’(T-Squat) and ‘ranging from silver tongued angel to gruff pirate’, Jennifer Kingwell is nothing short of ‘a formidable powerhouse’ (Herald Sun).
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