Cloak Of Blue (Video Live session)

By February 10, 2017 Recording sessions

Here’s a Live session of “Cloak Of Blue” taken from the new album I Dreamed An Island, performed with Simone Prattico and Malik Ziad.

Directed by Victor Delfim, recorded and mixed by Patrick Jauneaud

About the song:

Cloak of Blue is inspired by the precious stone, Lapis Lazuli, the most prestigious pigment that a Medieval artist could use and one that came to Europe all the way from Afghanistan. The subject of the song is a Sicilian artist that I imagined to be working at the court of King Roger II of Sicily. The “turning leaf” is the gold leaf adorning his paintings or mosaics and the “souls he gathers” are the ones who are moved by his artistry.
It’s easy to forget today but in a world where only the privileged few had access to books and images, seeing the mosaics and frescos in the churches, circa eight hundred years ago, must have been an extraordinary experience. The inspiration for this song are the remarkable Byzantine mosaics in Cefalu, Sicily and the mesmerising blue of the Pantacrotor’s cloak.

Lyrics “Cloak of Blue”:

Fire at the tip of his tongue
With a bow and arrow strung Running with the wolves by night He’s gone by the morning light
Like a saint or thief Turning the leaf Gathering souls like you Lambs at the slaughter Barter no quarter
Wear your best cloak of blue
Teardrops from a stone
Over marrow under bone Words writ on the wall
The higher they climb they fall
At the temple and bell Bids them farewell Fishes and men like you

Standing at the altar Mothers and daughters Wear your best cloak of blue
He walks he walks I heard he got away He talks he talks I heard the blind boy say
Wind among the reeds Like honey from the weed A horse and cart in tow Pure like the driven snow
Like a saint or thief Turning the leaf Gathering souls like you
Lambs at the slaughter Barter no quarter
Wear your best cloak of blue
He walks he walks I heard he got away He talks he talks I heard the soldier say He walks he walks I heard he got away He talks he talks I heard the blind boy say

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