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Babylon feat. Ben Osborn, Anne Müller

by Alex Stolze

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'A song of unity in turbulent times, at a moment in history where minds have never been more concentrated, let’s hope the message of this song leaves an indelible impression, and sets in motion a change.‘


'this sparse, stark but gorgeously arranged neoclassical elegy brings together the talents of violinist, composer, label boss Alex Stolze, lyricist, pianist, award-winning sound designer and deft soundtrack composer of acclaimed “libretti” Ben Osborn, and renowned experimental-cellist and solo artist Anne Müller.‘

lyrics

AND THE TAROT CARD
SHOWS A TOWER ON FIRE
YOU TURN IT ROUND
AND PEOPLE TUMBLE UP IT
WASN’T SMALL MISTAKES
OR CARELESSNESS
THAT BURNED YOU DOWN
IT WAS HATRED
AND YOU STAND THERE
HAUNTED AND BURNED OUT
A PROPHECY FOR WORLDS
WITHOUT A VISION
I CAN’T SLEEP IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR SKELETON
MUST BE BABYLON
IN THESE NAZI TOWNS
IN THESE SALTED FIELDS
IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF MONGOL HORSES
IN THE PAINTED SHADOW
OF YOUR CATHEDRAL DOME
IN THE ECHOES REACHING CHORUS
IN THE BURNT OUT WRECKS OF HIGH RISES
I CAN’T SLEEP IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR SKELETON
AND THE TAROT CARD
SHOWS TWIN SWORDS CROSSED
YOU TURN IT ROUND
AND FIGHTERS COULD BE LOVERS
DOWN THE EMPTY STREETS
DOWN THE BOULEVARD
THEY ARE SHOUTING OUT
COME AND BREAK US
I WAS WALKING HOME
THROUGH THE STREETS UNKNOWN
WHEN A FIST STRUCK OUT
OF THE SILENCE
AND A VOICE CALLED
YOURS IS TO WALK ALONE
MUST BE BABYLON
IN THESE NAZI TOWNS
IN THESE SALTED FIELDS
IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF MONGOL HORSES
IN THE PAINTED SHADOW
OF YOUR CATHEDRAL DOME
IN THE ECHOES REACHING CHORUS
IN THE BURNT OUT WRECKS OF HIGH RISES
I CAN’T SLEEP IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR SKELETON

credits

released April 10, 2020
music: Alex Stolze
lyrics: Ben Osborn
produced and mixed by Alex Stolze, mastered by Andreas Lupo Lubich
video andartwork : Andrea Huyoff

piano : Ben Osborn
cello : Anne Müller
vocals: Alex Stolze

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Performing with his unique, custom-made five-string electro-acoustic violin, Alex Stolze is a pioneering figure in his field of modern classical/post-pop musical explorations.
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