Quiet Days in Willowdale

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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I was 19 and living on the top floor of my parent’s condominium in a Toronto suburb. I typed weekly letters to my LA friends about all the great songs I was writing (including this one) and how I would soon take a bus out to Hollywood to take my rightful place as a Rock Star. Nothing much happens in this song, however. There’s not even much rhyming going on. It is mostly about tea, a typewriter, winter sunlight and a sense of peace that came over me for a few hours one afternoon.



Tapping on my typewriter
Drinking cups of tea
Not even wondering
what’s to become of me

Sitting in my bedroom
feeling OK
on a late afternoon
of a late autumn day

Tapping on my typewriter
Feeling OK
I’m typing you a letter.
Gonna mail it today.
Looking out the window
watching the wind
blowing through the dead grass,
blowing in the wind.
Looking at the sunlight
painting the walls
that usually are grey
and anesthetic walls.
Waiting for the winter
and the piercing cold.
Snow flakes are pretty,
pretty damn cold.

(words and music: David Nigel Lloyd)


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Regan Hardman: vocals.
Pat Meehan: drums.
George Reich: Prophet 5 Synthesizer.
DNL: guitar, fretless bass, 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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