Laments

by Cultural Amnesia

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released November 20, 2016

Words and Music: Cultural Amnesia

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Cultural Amnesia UK

Part of the post-punk/industrial tape scene of the 70s and 80s, Cultural Amnesia released three cassette albums and, since the late 90s, have begun recording once again.

All digitally available music can be found here. Biographical information is at the band’s website.
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Track Name: All my pleasures have fled
All my pleasures have fled
and I have lost my life
I am left in an empty place

My wife laments
and my mother laments
my son laments
and my brothers lament

I suffer sore affliction
both day and night
and find no comfort, no repose

My wife laments
and my mother laments
my son laments
and my brothers lament

I ask my mother why she bore me
and my wife why she married me
I am ashamed in the presence of my son

My wife laments
and my mother laments
my son laments
and my brothers lament

And I lament and mourn


January 2015
Track Name: I ask how long must I suffer
I ask how long must I suffer
no answer comes
in the darkness I would cry out
but lie still

Through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
as I am

How much must I endure
and what deliverance can I hope for
people come to assuage me
but I can find no solace

Through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
as I am

How long must I bear this sorrow
live this death
how long must I struggle in the dark wood
caught in a thicket

Through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
through this world I must walk
as I am

January 2015
Track Name: Others walk in the light
Others walk in the light
but I cannot see it
others hear music
but I cannot hear it

I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute
I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute

Others walk in the sun
but I am a shadow
others delight in conversation
but I am silent

I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute
I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute

Others welcome the morning
I awake in trepidation
others hear the birds sing
I sit and brood on my suffering

I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute
I have seen and been made blind
I have heard and been made deaf and mute

January 2015
Track Name: What will purge this melancholy
What will purge this melancholy
what will draw this poison
what will banish this darkness
what will mend this broken heart

I look to the future
but see only the terrible present
I look to the past
but like love betrayed it has turned rotten
I look to my father
but he is dead
I look to my mother
but she is old and frail
I look to my brothers
but they tell me of the hardness of their lives
I look to my wife
but feel guilt
I look to my son
but see he suffers the pangs of youth
I look to my friends
but they also tell me of the difficulty of life
I look to the doctor
but medicine does not work
I look to the psychologist
but talk is vain
I look to books
but their stories are not mine
I look to faith
but I have no faith

What will purge this melancholy
what will draw this poison
what will banish this darkness
what will mend this broken heart


January 2015