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  1. 01 POPPY SONG

From the recording TIMESCAPE

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01 POPPY SONG (4:08)
Timescape's opening song is the reflection of an elderly lady looking back at a love lost during the war, wondering how the fields of Northern France could be so cruel as to conceal under their green beauty the appalling secrets of the past. The synth drumloop and FX-ed verse vocals take the song in an unusual direction for The Portraits, this only pulled down to earth by their trademark piano and harmony vocals during the choruses. Featuring trumpet by Pete Judge who recorded his lines in Bristol and sent them over the internet to the band who were mixing the album in South Africa.

Lyrics

Behind a smoky goodbye
From Charing Cross
Promises we knew could not be kept
But tomorrow had to come
It simply had to come

Tell me, eternal green
Under your endless sky
How you are so serene
Knowing all the truths you hide

Crying smiles, hoping for more
Words to last the rest of time, just in case
Be strong, my love, he kissed my tears
And stepped up to the train
A sea of waves, of positives

Tell me, eternal green
Under your endless sky
How you are so serene
How you let those secrets die

Tell me, eternal green
Under your endless sky
What does your silence mean?
How did all the bloodstains dry?