[My Gang] Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? : Reco of the…


8 jan. 2010, 23h32m

Track: Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
Artist: Paloma Faith
Album: Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
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I can be who you want me to be

The perfect song to begin the new decade with as we wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start.

Everyone will get something different from this. Me, I'm in denial. Never mind the new year and new resolutions, the first few weeks of January are all about cocooning, taking it easy and baby-stepping through the depths of winter.

Now isn't the time for resolutions anyway. They won't work. Wait till the end of the month. Maybe I'll do a reco journal nearer the time with a few tips that have helped me. This means, of course, we are all absolved from this responsibility for a few more weeks. See what good news I bring?

He preached the value of deception

Sometimes, denial and beautiful lies are most appropriate. Gurus will try to tell you different but don't listen to them, they've all got books to sell. Listen to your Aunty Babs. When we permit denial and beautiful lies, what we're really doing is giving ourselves time; time to think, to work out how we feel. Then when we're ready to face everything again, we will do so with renewed energy. So really, denial and beautiful lies are essential to good health and well-being.

Sacred lies and telling tales

Tales are never just for fools

So I spit out lies that aimed to soothe

Today's song comes from Paloma Faith's debut album of the same name. I first noticed her via The Arctic Circle a couple of years ago and I've enjoyed watching the limelight find her since.

Paloma comes from a varied background, encompassing theatre, art and design as well as music. The way she brings it all together is original, if not slightly eccentric in a Björk-like kind of way. However, where Björk is all experimental drama, Paloma is more burlesque and blues, witty theatrics, cabaret and melodrama. Likeable and cute, she smiles and cries her songs in glamorous costumes of feathers and mirrors, immaculate make up and high heels. A cheeky British Dita Von Teese.

Paloma's debut album is upbeat and cheerful, poetic lyrics driving the music as much as her delivery. Her light touch means the album can be enjoyed played on repeat in the background whilst the depth of her stories encourage close listening.

Prophet took my hand on all soul's day
He preached the value of deception
Changing shadows by a shapeshifter's rules
Tales are never just for fools
The court of conscience came before me
Presented me with a heavenly angel
He took my hand and asked me, truth aside
To his questions I replied
Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
Just close your eyes and make believe
Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
I am happy to deceive you


Babs My Gang

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8 Jan 10: oops, site error has caused original journal to disappear, which has all the data. Hope it returns. Can't capture listening data half way through so I'll leave it.

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