Dark Back Garden

by Silver Sircus

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Transgression/Dark Back Garden was originally created as a spoken word performance piece for the 2008 QLD Poetry Festival. A studio version was also recorded and released in a limited edition of 100 copies at the Festival.

Visual artist Sean Young provided the orchid photograph for the front cover and also created the video clip for the track, featuring dancer & choreographer Lisa O'Neill.

The original studio version (clocking in at over 12 minutes) was then remixed, refined and edited by James Lees in 2010. In 2012, the track has been re-released in an expanded EP format, featuring the remixed original version, a new remix by The Golden Leaf, an ambient mix and video edit version.

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released May 10, 2012

Lyrics: Lucinda Shaw
Music/Soundcapes: Brett Collery, James Lees, Tylea Goold, Danielle Bentley

Lucinda Shaw: Vocals
James Lees: Percussion & Programming
Brett Collery: Guitar Atmospheres & Original Loop
Danielle Bentley: Cellos
Tylea Goold: Guitar Atmospheres

Tracks 1 & 4 Produced by James Lees & James Kliemt
Recorded at Goldfish Studios & Derby Street, June/July 2008
Remixed by James Lees, August 2010
Track 2, Remix & Additional Production by The Golden Leaf, April 2012
Track 3, Remix by James Lees, August 2010

Artwork & Layout by James Lees
Orchid Photography by Sean Young

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Silver Sircus Brisbane, Australia

Silver SIrcus are led by vocalist/performer Lucinda Shaw and drummer/composer/producer James Lees. They are based in Brisbane, Australia and have been making music since 2008.

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Track Name: Transgression/Dark Back Garden
PART 1: TRANSGRESSION

What are you looking at?
A girl walks in on a garden lined with pride
Harness vines and lovers adorned with flowers
Hungry boys going down rude saying
How do you like to take it?

She enters the space
There are boys and girls and boygirls and girlboys in this room together
Everyone takes command and everyone gives up control
There is a hardness born of imagination
Red and metal together, mattress and concrete
Reinvented in a primitive world
In a screaming space
In love, in a toilet block, in an alley, in a dream
In a story, in a painting, in a mirror
What are you looking at?

A boy with a plan, a girl who is full of ideas
Kiss them if you like or clean up the mess they make
Write it down and walk away
What do you see when you look at a sex object?
When you look at a mirror, when you look at me, look at yourself
This is not about beauty, this is not about being queer
This is a space where love is made, where perversion is enacted
This might be about how you feel
It is nothing but objects and text
This is not about beauty, this is not about a journey towards identity
This is just a space
Come down to the dark back garden


PART 2: DARK BACK GARDEN

Walk down to the crystal fountain,
Drink a glass of sweet rose wine
Crushed with dew and drunk with memory
Of the night that you were mine

Come down to the dark back garden,
Walk down to the rocky creek
Said the figure to the other,
Screamed the mouthpiece to the meek

And the crimson well sprung forth,
And the water it poured out
Dripping salt and spitting language
While the stones cut under foot

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried

In the garden screamed the animals,
Drenched with dew and desperate cried
Words of jealousy and terror
That a savage never lied

And the tangled hand reached up,
And the clenched teeth bit down
On the rusty taste of thunder
That spat you lightening to the ground

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried
Track Name: Dark Back Garden (Golden Leaf Remix)
DARK BACK GARDEN

Walk down to the crystal fountain,
Drink a glass of sweet rose wine
Crushed with dew and drunk with memory
Of the night that you were mine

Come down to the dark back garden,
Walk down to the rocky creek
Said the figure to the other,
Screamed the mouthpiece to the meek

And the crimson well sprung forth,
And the water it poured out
Dripping salt and spitting language
While the stones cut under foot

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried

In the garden screamed the animals,
Drenched with dew and desperate cried
Words of jealousy and terror
That a savage never lied

And the tangled hand reached up,
And the clenched teeth bit down
On the rusty taste of thunder
That spat you lightening to the ground

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried
Track Name: Dark Back Garden (Video Edit)
DARK BACK GARDEN

Walk down to the crystal fountain,
Drink a glass of sweet rose wine
Crushed with dew and drunk with memory
Of the night that you were mine

Come down to the dark back garden,
Walk down to the rocky creek
Said the figure to the other,
Screamed the mouthpiece to the meek

And the crimson well sprung forth,
And the water it poured out
Dripping salt and spitting language
While the stones cut under foot

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried

In the garden screamed the animals,
Drenched with dew and desperate cried
Words of jealousy and terror
That a savage never lied

And the tangled hand reached up,
And the clenched teeth bit down
On the rusty taste of thunder
That spat you lightening to the ground

In the garden lined with pride,
In the garden lined with pride
Grows a sweet rose drunk with memory
Of where you held me while I cried