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A song about the fall of empires
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Falling Down (Based on The Zahir by Jorge Louis Borges)

I’m staring at black birds wearing out a grey sky
Clawing at smokestacks burnt-out and bone dry
Looking at a night owl coughing up a lungful
Of nothing but pitch black blood from a blind fool

Crows in the cobwebs, bats in the belfries
Moss covered monks with fingers like alleyways
Praying like pagans with one last word
A dead tongue clicking in a silent herd

And it’s falling down; this gothic town’s got
Bell tower dreams and black stone beams
But it’s falling down, falling down

Ringing like a wind chime hanging in a bell tower
Chiming at midnight, the perfumed hour
Candle wax cracks on a cold stone floor
Yellows with age in moonlight evermore

At Aurora’s Gate, where dreamers dwell
Mammon and the Philistines bathed in oil
As a piper danced and Icarus flew
Safe as the moonlight waxed black feather blue

And it’s falling down…

As Eden lay in darkness and Adam in his blindness
Fell for Eve and suffered for her kindness
Ate a fallen apple he should have declined
His small fall from grace; a giant fall for mankind

And the worm that gnaws at your shoulder blade
Where angel’s wings are torn and frayed
Into ragged imp’s and Hell’s bell rings
For another Bible stolen on a raven’s wings

And it’s falling down…

Where a good deed lies like a mortal sin
Redeemed at the very last breath of man
Justified by a line of scars
In the face of geometry and the stars

In the underground of a nameless city
Where a bloodhound bayed and growled at pity
On ill-tempered chains tethered to the dawn
At first sign of light they all woke reborn

And it’s falling down…

© Falling Down words & music by Tom Fairnie September 27th 2004

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alackbass said 2735 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Falling Down
This is excellent! Well written and well performed. The production and mix are pro. Great to here from you again.
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gadzooks said 2735 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Falling Down
Very nice song. Enjoyed your vocals and the guitars are sweet. Wonderful mix and an excellent song!
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Philip18 said 2735 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Falling Down
I love the rich imagery in the song - don't know The Zahir but perhaps should read it! Clear ringing guitars, nice tone to the violin and the bass keeps things solid. Plenty of character in the voice and the female harmony adds to the overall effect. Excellent work from all involved!
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PeterB7858 said 2735 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Falling down
Poetic imagery in the lyrics, Tom. The lead vocal and harmonies are very very enjoyable. Great to hear some violin accompanying the guitars. Fine song. Thanks, Peter.
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neilh79 said 2733 days ago (April 28th, 2012)
Falling Down
This is beautiful, love the vocal harmonies, the sweet female voice compliments yours very well. Really good song, wow!
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Name: Tom Fairnie
Location: Edinburgh UK
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I was born in Musselburgh but I now live in Edinburgh. In terms of the music...I attempt to write lyrical, melodic and intelligent songs and try to make the best use of my guitar skills to provide sensitive uncluttered arrangements. I occassiona... [see more]

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