Midlake - the trials of van occupanther (music/album)

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    I know that many brethren love nineteenth century american history. Being part of an order which had so many proud moments as our nature struggles, I often feel, as do others, a strange feeling close to nostalgia for those times of faith, struggle, simplicity and growth.

    Rarely, I should point out, do I really love Concept Albums. But Midlake, A band of Texans oddly enough (they're from Denton), took up a heavily conceptual album about the american settlers in the 19th century.

    If that's all not enough, the first lines from the album are:
    Stone-cutters made them from stones
    Chosen specially for you and I
    Who will live inside

    Sounds pretty good right?

    The whole record presents the lyrical narrative more in the vein of a diary. Reflective, introverted and honest, it keeps pretension out of the lyrics and gives it a strangely compelling and genuine feel.

    Sonically, they're often compared to rock (not heavier rock, sometimes closer to prog) of the 1970s.

    Here are some tracks from it and I hope you guys enjoy.
    [video=youtube;JDL9bXlwbM4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDL9bXlwbM4&feature=related[/video]
    Roscoe

    Stone-cutters made them from stones
    Chosen specially for you and I
    Who will live inside
    The mountaineers gathered timber piled high
    In which to take along
    Travelling many miles knowing they'd get here

    When they got here all exhausted
    On the roof leaks they got started
    And now when the rain comes we can be thankful

    When the mountaineers saw that everything fit
    They were glad and so they took off

    Thought we were due for a change
    Or two around this place
    When they got back they're all mixed up
    With no one to stay with

    The village used to be all one really needs
    Now it's filled with hundreds and hundreds of chemicals
    That mostly surround you, you wish to flee
    But it's not like you so listen to me listen to me

    Oh and when the morning comes
    We will step outside
    We will not find another man in sight
    We like the newness the newness of all
    That has grown in our garden
    Struggling for so long

    Whenever I was a child
    I wonder what if my name had changed
    Into something more productive
    Like Roscoe been born in 1891
    Waiting with my aunt Roslein

    Thought we were due for a change
    Or two around this place
    When they got back they're all mixed up
    With no one to stay with

    1891 they roamed around and foraged
    They made their house from cedars
    They made their house from stone
    Well they're a little like you
    Adn they're a little like me
    We have all we need

    Thought we were due for a change
    Or two around this place
    This place
    This place

    When they got back they're all mixed up
    With no one to stay with
    When they got back they're all mixed up
    With no one to stay with




    [video=youtube;Un_55LrZnCo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un_55LrZnCo[/video]
    Head Home

    No-one seems to be around today
    They must've all gone off without me again
    I think I'll head home

    Maybe I'll find them gathered 'round my doorstep
    Oh, to sleep in a comfortable bed
    I think I'll head home

    No-one seems to be around today
    They must've all gone off without me again
    I think I'll head home
    I think I'll head home

    Bring me a day full of honest work
    And a roof that never leaks
    I'll be satisfied

    Bring me the news all about the town
    How it struggles to help all the farmers out
    During harvest time

    But there's someone I'd like to see
    She never mentions a word to me
    She reads Leviathan

    I think I'll head home
    I think I'll head home
    I think I'll Fead Home

    Bring me a day full of honest work
    And a roof that never leaks
    I'll be satisfied

    Bring me the news all about the town
    How it struggles to help all the farmers out
    During harvest time

    But there's someone I'd like to see
    She never mentions a word to me
    She reads Leviathan

    I think I'll head home...

    [video=youtube;PnbOEROMb8w]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnbOEROMb8w&feature=related[/video]
    Bandits (heads up, there's a fairly long piano intro that's not actually on the album. The actual song starts at 1:36 or so)

    Did you ever want to be overrun by bandits
    To hand over all of your things and start over new?
    While we were out hunting for food
    Our house was being robbed
    I caught an apple and she caught a fox
    So I caught a rabbit but she caught an ox
    So upon our return, we found everything gone

    Which for us was no loss
    And we started over
    With a rabbit and an ox

    So they came down from the north
    Carrying all they owned
    With a basket full of food and clothes
    They were stopped by a weekend raid
    Traveling the woods one day
    They tried to put up a fight, but lost
    So we asked for them to stay
    With us on their way
    To have a drink and rest
    And regain their strength

    Did you ever want to run around with bandits;
    To see many places and hide in ditches?
    It's not always easy, it's not always easy
    When the winter comes and the greenery goes
    We will make some shelter
    When the winter comes and the greenery goes
    We will make some shelter
     

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