CITY BY THE SEA – Lyrics & Video

Strongly connected to Feline’s impressions during her residency in Marseille, this dark and ethnic rock song tells the lethal story of the sea, and refugees. Out of your home country.

This is about leaving everything you had, risking more than your life, only to realise that the promised land is as much of a shithole as the one you ran from. Only for different reasons.

On OUT (2017 motor RaR)
Words/Music: Feline Lang
Cello: Christoph Klemke
Bass: Tyler KouqJ Garrett
Drums: Brian Viglione
Camera: Damón Zurawski

Sea forever churning on the Smugglers nest.
The nightly Sky is burning, the Wind comes from West
The Water is blackening, the Rock looms high,
the Pharo* is a dead end and a Ship runs dryHigh is the rock and deep is the ocean,
Thin is the plank you‘re holding on
Wide is the sea and shallow is the haven,
Many a sailor came and never got homeSo many dreams, a single tear: Go west from here
Enfant terrible de la mer: The City by the sea
N‘est pas un revé mais c‘est brutal, Go leave it all
You came for heaven, this is hell: The city by the seaA Storm is coming, the tourists hide,
Rats and fugitives run prisonside
The heat is overwhelming, the thirst never ends,
we all are strangers here with empty handsDeep is the pocket and loud is the song,
Sparkling and rotten. The way home is long
The city is dark but the streets invite to roam,
your money is gone and you can‘t ever go home
Girls are swaying, their style is fresh,
Rich white boys are ogling their tanning flesh
The DJ is tired but the night goes on.
The dancers are drunk and they won‘t ever go home
Loud is the music and strong is the crowd,
You‘ll never find home, but the beach is about
hard is the rock and soft is the sea,
Your mother the ocean takes you back into the deep

What this song is about. You do not have to like it. But you have to know.

This song describes how the promised land turns out to be utter crap. After risking, and leaving behind, everything to come to, for example, the golden West, the EU, the US, or just the shore that should save your life, you find a place where everyone hates you, money is scarce, and even if you don´t starve, die from poisonous water, or bombs like at home, this life is not much better. But there is no way to get back home, because the reason you left is still there, and nobody cares.
In the video, we go a step further. These people have actually died trying to reach the shore. As many do in the Mediterranean, right now. The powers that be use them as their political asset, or even as a toy.
#refugees #mediterranean #heavenandhell #hope #thepromisedland #despair #howcanartnotbepolitical
Dieser Song beschreibt, wie sich das Gelobte Land als ein stinkender Misthaufen entpuppt Nachdem du Leib und Leben riskiert hast, um hierher zu kommen, z.B. in den Goldenen Westen, die EU, die USA, oder einfach das rettende Ufer, findest du dich an einem Ort wieder, wo alle dich hassen, du kein Geld verdienen darfst, und selbst wenn du nicht verhungerst, an einer Seuche oder Bomben stirbst wie daheim, ist dieses eben nur ein Überleben, nicht mehr. Aber du kannst nicht zurück, denn die Ursache ist immer noch dort, und niemand hilft.
Im Video gehen wir einen Schritt weiter. Diese Leute sind bereits gestorben beim Weg über das Mittelmeer, wie so viele andere sterben, gerade jetzt. Die Mächtigen benutzen sie als ihren Spielball und Politikum, statt zu helfen.
#fluechtlinge #mittelmeer #himmeloderhoelle #hoffnung #dasgelobteland #Verzweiflung #howcanartnotbepolitical
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