Saturday, May 10, 2008

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Whole Price Of Blood (demo)

Siouxsie & the Banshees

- the Whole Price Of Blood (demo)

Don't worry, there are vocals on this demo. I'm not always interested in instrumental band demos. This picture cracks me up. The back of her big haired nest while she gazes at the penguins (circa 1987).

(the song) Based on a episode from a series called 20/20 Vision Siouxsie saw about a female version of amnesty, called 'Les Sentinelle', "They rescue women who are trapped in certain religious climates in the Middle East, religions that view any kind of pre-marital sexual aspersion as punishable by death - either by the hand of the eldest brother, or by public stoning". A sister piece to 'Swimming Horses'.
Source: Downside Up liner notes.

Oh how could do it?
A murderous crime
A murderous wounding
How could you allow it?
After time that's been passing
Time should be wisening
A law that was written
In the blood of your victims
Born out of pure resentment
And what of your baby daughters
And what of these shameless slaughters
Lying buried in the sand?
Oh how could you do it?
A murderous past
That preys on the helpless
How could you allow it?
Such cruel and vile blades
To tear at such tender flesh
And loose the knot
From your tongue
Where evil is the resting place
And so it shall only be the single cry
Five senses shall be
The whole price of blood
Foot by foot, wound by wound
The whole price of blood
Hand for hand, strike for strike
The whole price of blood
Oh how could you do it?
Oh how could you allow it?

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