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This is a re-working of the song which originally appeared on our 1997 second album "Roll Up! Roll Up!". The song draws a lot influence from New Model Army & The Levellers. It's about a reclusive Austrian poet who hides away writing poems of happiness while not realizing the world outside is dying.

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The Joy Poet

Europe is dying 1993
The old man harbours his memories
Violins swimming, swirling through his ears
As the earth is swallowed up by the sea

Vienna is drowning now!
Oh! Vienna is drowning now!

Amber clouds burst and split the blackened skies
The old man wakes and he writes
His ink well has spanned ten thousand summer nights
Now all the river's are running wild

Oh! the earths a raging fireball and the devils gonna stoke it
Burning down, down, down, down
No~one's seen, no~one's told the Joy Poet he's drowning
Going down, down, down, down

Beaches and wastegrounds washed by poisoned seas
The old man lives without machines
He has no wireless, he has no tv
He cannot hear the frightened trees

Oh! the earths a raging fireball and the devils gonna stoke it
Burning down, down, down, down
No~one's seen, no~one's told the Joy Poet he's drowning
Going down, down, down, down
Oh! the earths a raging fireball and the devils gonna stoke it
Burning down, down, down, down
No~one's seen, no~one's told the Joy Poet he's drowning
Going down, down, down, down
Burning down, down, down, down
Going down, down, down, down
Burning down, down, down, down

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from Den Of Thieves (Remixed & Remastered), released March 14, 2014
Lyrics: Stevenson (Dec 1990)
Music: Bellis/Stevenson (Dec 1990)

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