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Paul Irvine - "We Will Have Ourselves A Flood" - SONG OVERVIEW / PAUL'S COMMENTARY / LYRIC SNIPPETS:


We Will Have Ourselves A Flood: The Minister of War has conjured up a scheme. His pal, the Banker, is skeptical at first, but agrees it may just work. A shady character will help with their plan, provided they sign a declaration before midnight.

Dylanesque vocals, a grinding bass, a whammy drenched Strat guitar and emotionally charged lyrics: politics, finance and war!




1)    Jump With Me: “Who is the best man for the job, Old Man Devil or Old Man God?” Chosen as the lead-off track, its uplifting vibe invites the listener to explore what “Faux Pop – Vol. 1” has to offer. This song went through a number of storylines as it wound its way to completion. Ultimately, I guess it's about choosing the best option from an array of sometimes clear, sometimes shadowy choices.


2)    Don’t Leave Me Paris: “Give me one more day in your sad café, my heart will surely break in two… Don’t leave me Paris.”  She is the city of lights. She is a femme fatale. You are blinded but you willingly follow her light. The track begins simply and ends large. The mid-section features an echo-drenched sax solo.


3)    Wrong Side of Love: “Sugar, sugar and fire, she was everything my heart desired.” We all end up here at one time or another. Some of us make a quick exit of it. Some of us enjoy the drama so much that we keep coming back for more. The track features members of the Shuffle Demons in an understated New Orleans-style horn section that envelopes the song with a dirge-like melancholia – “Welcome to the Wrong Side of Love.”


4)    White Room: “There are some people I know who want a piece of my soul.” Cultism? Religion? Rites of passage? A room that is white? The music biz? Take your pick. Add your own. This song carries with it a certain paranoia and uneasiness. For inspiration, when Paul was recording the vocal, he had “Night Of The Living Dead” muted on the TV. Ron Gosling drives the bottom end of this track with his remarkable fretless bass performance.


5)    Save the Laugh Track: “And if I ever miss the joke, it’s not your fault, you’re not to blame, I need you laugh track to keep me sane.”  Claquers of the world unite!! Evidence suggests the laugh track is disappearing; a dying species. If so, from what reference point will the masses take their cue if not the ever present laugh track? Rue the day prime time TV leaves laughing to viewer discretion! This song is a call-to-arms; a charge to the front to save the laugh track from the meddling whims of upstart TV executives.


6)    Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Man:  “They’re going to take down Coleman Hawkins long before he’s dead, then they’ll fill their horns with the sweetest sounds, the sweetest in the land, to celebrate their fallen king, Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Man.” The stuff of legend. A dedication to a great musician.


7)    Wrecking Yard of Life: “In the rusted dreams of Henry Ford, the wrecking yard’s the great reward, for all the times you washed and waxed, filled ‘er up and made some tracks.”  A spirited 2-step in praise of auto mechanics everywhere. The mid-section features an awesome jaw-harp hoe-down break-down.


8)    Son of a Jailer Man: “There are two ways to live, only one way to die, and a mob from the town came to help him decide.” A gritty, grinding 12/8 groove featuring a rockin’ flute solo. The tale of a shady character who, as the son of a jailer, believes it’s his birthright to enforce the law to his benefit.


9)    When the Conversation Ends: “At the level crossing, where I met with you today, where you gave me back the ring I gave to you just yesterday.” A simple, punchy rock track with odd bars and a fantastic cello mid-section performed by Mike Olsen (Hidden Cameras, Arcade Fire). A story of love found and love lost.


10)     Ballad of Virginia Travis: “Come and ride with me my sweet Virginia, it’s a wild magnolia summer night.” Meditative. Hymn-like. A particularly poignant track that pays tribute to Virginia Travis, the first wife of Delta Blues legend, Robert Johnson. Virginia died in childbirth. It is thought that this event may have caused Robert to go down to the crossroads… and the rest is history.


11)     Hey There John: “And though you were shot down in the middle of the road, hey there John, in love you go.” A dedication. John Lennon lives on! Thank heavens!


12)     Broke Down Umbrella: “Feel like a broke down umbrella, waiting for the rain.”  I was driving into town one day, actually it was a very windy, stormy day, and I witnessed the unusual: on the streets, in the gutters, tangled in fences, there were numerous discarded umbrellas. That coupled with the grey down-trodden day gave rise to the idea for this song.


13)     Letter to You: “Leaving someone’s so hard to do, I am writing this letter to you.” Many of us have written and sent them. Many have received them. Sometimes they are lengthy tomes, sometimes they are less than 140 characters, but the effect is always the same: Goodbye.


14)   Everytime It Rains: “…we were two young lovers in the misty light of spring.” Atmospherics shape our memories. When I think of memorable occasions I often recall what the weather was like. Spring rains are magical, so full of promise and hope. This song tries to capture some of those timeless emotions. The track features Ken Wannamaker’s beautifully executed fretless bass interludes.

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