Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.


October 2, 2012 9:39 pm

Listen to “Beyond Us” – exclusive track from the brand new CD “Songs for the Coming Home”

Here’s a first taste of Martyn’s brand new CD “Songs for the Coming Home”, due for official release on 22nd October

Songs for coming home

“Beyond Us” is a edgy and contemporary track, featuring sharp observations on our modern society with a powerful musical landscape, highlighting  the strength of the writing partnership between Martyn and poet Stewart Henderson.

Click on the link below to listen to the song

Beyond Us

Here’e the full lyrics

Beyond Us

On the trading floor, they use Ouija boards
none of them are falling on their swords
and discretion’s in an isolation ward
not the season to be blest

The cards are marked in every deal
liar’s poker and the roulette wheel
even Midas is looking down at heel
a far cry from being blest

Rebellion and surrender
betrayal and retreat
From mentioned in dispatches’
To vain glorious defeats
With our high-tech sling and arrow
We still, repeatedly
Shell the perfect ripened vineyard
And scorch the olive tree.

I was looking for some good advice
but I can’t afford the Wise Men’s asking price
so join me in the throwing of the dice
the hit and miss to being blest

But far beyond us planets not yet named
with countless crowns of stars that can’t be tamed –
If this is all there is as has been claimed
I’m taking bets on being blest

These sure are strange times for an optimist
with Solomon derided and dismissed
and I think I heard some angels getting pissed
remembering days when they were blest

But the sun remains an adoration flame
in spite of what these dungeon days proclaim
for the desert winds contain the secret name
watch for storms of being blest

(M Joseph/S Henderson)


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