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My intent was not to write an ‘authentic’ blues here. Just the opposite, in fact.



I still got my guitar.
I studied the blues.
I’m watchin’ my baby.
I’m payin’ my dues.
Life was so groovy.
I was lost in her movie.
It was pretty good (at first).
So many frames of her love!
Oh boy!
Call it lust, fear or wonder,
but I made a blunder
and I want out.

I got the blues.
Gettin’ hot and cold flashbacks
And here I am still
writing porno film soundtracks.
She is the movie star
and I have to play guitar
while she makes love on film.
If music be the food of love
play on.
Though it seems so absurd,
she was true to her word.
She was good to me.

Lorain was her name.
She was dressed kinda tarty,
drinkin’ Scotch whisky
at a studio party.
But she was a poet.
So, I said ‘Boy, don’t blow it.
This one’s for you. It’s real.’
So many statues of love!
Dear God!
Now the cameras are rolling
and her legs are enfolding.
I’m paralyzed.

I was glued to the screen.
Oh, it seemed so obscene.
How could she be free?
I took her aside. I said, “Baby, I lied.
It’s burning me alive.”
Oh what a language is love!
I know I’m a fool
to be swayed by a rule
that’s a comedy.

words and music: David Nigel Lloyd


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Robert Watts: Gibson Kalamazoo organ.
Pat Meehan: drums, hand claps.
DNL: guitars, fretless bass and vocals.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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