Shuffling Deckchairs

by Steve BLaque

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SHuffling Deckchairs was recorded originally not as a project but as ongoing tracks Steve Blaque was writing from the various places he lived between 2008-2011. Overall there were 3 different studio locations in Beijing while one was used in Sydney Australia.

The Album reflects a transition in Blaque who during this time was trying to build a solo performance show and move out of a studio environment and a departure here from other albums, particularly last year's release of Twobitsville is that there was no drummer for the project giving a slightly less band sound, but more studio production. Blaque himself opines "it was a trade off bought from necessity and that I hope the other live elements of guitars and keyboards might make up for those differences in nuance that one gets when having a live drummer, but that hours and hours were spent programming to get an authentic feel..which was what I was after".

Shuffling Deckchairs brings to the plate a variety of issues and concerns that feed into BLaque's mindset. Ranging from isolation and contemplation in Fkt Like Icarus to a bizarre take on futurism and culture shock in It ain't very Svelt. Track comments will be placed within time in each song's portal here on this site.

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released March 2, 2015

Steve Blaque has tended to work on his studio projects in isolation and so after many years of working in this way Shuffling Deckchairs became a noticeable departure from the isolate struggling musician. New voices were added and these were from China, where the main studio operations took place Maggie Gao and April Yang, both of whom not only sang but also wrote their Chinese parts to fit the mood of the songs as well as in Australia Catherine Webb.

Alongside these singers Deckchairs also included saxophonist John Costelloe out of Manila, who in the Sydney sessions was in Sydney in his own Iceflow Studios. The final collaborator was a tip top guitarist also from Sydney named Todd Ellis. I should mention that former Repromaster Guitarist Mike Crystal appears on To Be is the Game

Darktrunk and 52 North Records would love to convey absolute appreciation to the work these performers brought to Steve's volume.

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Steve Blaque Beijing, China

Steve Blaque singer, songwriter, Producer and engineer and owner of Forbidden CIty Studio in Beijing also performs in an unplugged environment with his favorite flavors of Indie and Grunge. Blaque has always said ''you don't need distortion to be grunge and you don't need twang to be Indie''. ... more

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Track Name: It Doesn't Make Sense to Me
to be provided
Track Name: Fkt Like Icarus
Lyrics
Fucked like Icarus
words The Evil Underling & C. Terry
music Steve Blaque

Sometimes weight
Of thoughts
Is the damage done
Holding me down
tethered
Before takeoff
A song unsung

Belief
gives me
transparent wings
Negative process
Has me in check
Grounding me
Like A noose
round my neck

I need a lift
Not easy
being involved
I fly alone
Solo now
Problem solved

To soar and weave
Thru the clouds
held in contempt
by earth
and crowds I am exempt


(pre chorus)
now i'm flyin'
yeah i'm flyin yeah
(chorus)
fucked like icarus
too close to the sun
But check out my tan
I'm having
some fun
Trying to fly

listening
to you
I"d never leave
The ground
Dragged
by your concerns
not knowing
the sound

Of Trying to fly

Release me
No longer a slave see
to your
Differing rhythm
In my image
I bathe
I am free


(pre chorus)
now i'm flyin'
yeah i'm flyin yeah

(chorus)
fucked like icarus
too close to the sun
But check out my tan
I'm having
some fun
Trying to fly
Track Name: Crave yur Love
lyrics will hit soon
Track Name: Intimate Relations
Intimate Relations
Words n' Music Steve Blaque

Spare a thought
For just a moment
To some of those
Who go on the road
Filled with lust,
Perhaps excitement
hitting new shores
Unlocking treasure troves

& we have all heard
tales abound
About excesses
Of those who travel
And it’s no surprise
the latest stories
the middle kingdom
unravels

Chorus
So tens of thousands
Will kiss and tell
Write up blogs
Sms cells
sex in shanghai
Beyond administration
Boudoirs filled
With intimate relations

Girls seeking fortunes
Throwing it around
lusty devils
Have hit this here town
Local guys
Got some competition
The west’s morays
on eastern indiscretion

And why this reckless
desire for love
well just unshackle
your mind,
5 thousand years
feudally entwined
forget marriage
better as a concubine


Chorus
So tens of thousands
Will kiss and tell
Write up blogs
Sms on cells
And sex in shanghai
Beyond administration
Boudoirs filled
With intimate relations
Track Name: To be is the Game
The Evil Underling Lyric
Mike Crystal on lead Guitar.
Track Name: It Comes Down to This
It Comes Down to This

lyric C.Terry The Evil Underling
music Steve Blaque

Until you experience
a fragile kiss.
Your own strength
eludes you
it comes down to this.

Parallel stories
running through a vein
Mined many times before
You search for hope,
knowing
There's none.
You know what's in store.
It comes down to this.

Starts as a game.
You play for fun,
Gathering trophies
along the way,
but to win's the thing.
No matter how lame.
What do you really have
at the end of any day.
It comes down to this.

You believe you can.
A feeling
that's strong,
but for how long.
and [know] what you did
You do what you do
But where to go
if it's only you
and id?
It comes down to this.

When a day
is a lifetime
and a year a moment
You have to ask
what you treasure
Time's a span
Measured in joy and sorrow
with trouble and leisure
[Probably of equal measure]

It comes down to this.

It comes down to this.
Nothing I can take with me
But leave behind
What?
It comes down to this.

Here is now.
And now takes forever
Track Name: Old Man
all parts were performed by myself
Track Name: Only so much this Cat can Take
Only so Much this Cat can Take
lyric n' music S.BLaque

verse
how preposterous
for me to wait
ms. divorcay
kinda sealin' her fate

screw the law
this judge and be hogtied
this uppity plaintive s case
like a dead dog died

day in day out
i cop the le femme lies
but all hail your honor
this gold digger's gonna roast and fry


pre chorus
come on school teachers
come on you tradies
come on you office workers
come on you staties

chorus
we've been lead by the nose
with this feminist bait
hook line and sinker
but now
but now
but now
there's only so much this cat can take
there's only so much this cat can take
Track Name: Smokin' Pkts o' Cigarettz
smoking packets of cigarettes

this is killin' her
and she can't go on
it's only work
why's she frozen what's wong?

perhaps it's expectation
of payin' her way
perhaps it's her addictions
who can really say

but it's gettin' her down
and she's fallin' apart
nightly all alone
walkin' the dog in the park

not disposed to suicide
she couldn't be more depressed
lonely at home with her tv
smoking packets of cigarettes.
not disposed to suicide
shopping forays for a new dress
lonely at home with her tv
smoking packets of cigarettes
smoking packets of cigarettes

her child cries
just as she feels her heat
and she mutters damn in the dark
as she puts slippers on her feet

there's no love
as she administers maternal care
really she's so over this
nails in the coffins of despair.

days little better than the nights
idle chat with colleagues
empty bus journey's to home
and endless evenings of fatigue

not disposed to suicide
she couldn't be more depressed
lonely at home with her tv
smoking packets of cigarettes.
not disposed to suicide
shopping forays for a new dress
lonely at home with her tv
smoking packets of cigarettes
smoking packets of cigarettes

oct 2007
steve blaque
beijing

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