Tracks for Easter – Strange Way by Martyn Joseph

22 Apr

Strange Way is one of Cardiff songwriter Martyn Joseph‘s ‘list’ songs, which pile on image after image to build a devastating portrait.

The lyrics (below) take in everything from a suntan to the horrors of concentration camps through the lens of Christ’s crucifixion – a Good Friday track if ever there was one.

Strange way to start a revolution
Strange way to get a better tan
Strange way to hold a power breakfast
Strange way show your business plan
Strange way to see if wood would splinter
Strange way to do performance art
Strange way to say “I’ll see you later”
Strange way to leave behind your heart

Strange dissident of meekness
And nurse of tangled souls
And so unlike the holy
To end up full of holes

Strange way
Strange way to hang around for hours
Strange way to imitate a kite
Strange way to get a view of Auschwitz
Strange way to represent the light
Strange way to watch for stormy weather
Strange way to disprove gravity
Strange way to go about fund-raising
Strange way to sing I’m liberty

Strange dissident of meekness
And nurse of tangled souls
And so unlike the holy
To end up full of holes

Strange way
Strange way to test for haemophillia
Strange way to spend a happy hour
Strange way to down a bitter cocktail
Strange way to merchandise your power
Strange way to reassure your mother
Strange way to finish your world tour
Strange way to pose for countless paintings
Strange way to gather in the poor

Strange dissident of meekness
And nurse of tangled souls
And so unlike the holy
To end up full of holes

The world is too much with us
Could we not now just elope?
Strange way to hold us closer
Strange way to give us hope
Strange way

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One Response to “Tracks for Easter – Strange Way by Martyn Joseph”

  1. lisa April 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    cant beat a bit of martyn!

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