Friday, 20 July 2012

The Bassist

Lawrence Salvador Duke: Vocals, Bass guitar

"The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;
These five kings did a king to death.

The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder, 
The finger joints cramped with chalk; 
A goose's quill has put an end to murder 
That put an end to talk

The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,
And famine grew, and locusts came;
Great is the hand that holds dominion over
Man by a scribbled name.

The five kings count the dead but do not soften
The crusted wound nor stroke the brow;
A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven;
Hands have no tears to flow"

"The Hand That Signed the Paper" by Dylan Thomas
Sourced in "Miscellany" J M Dent and Sons 1963
Courtesy J M Dent and Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London
Photographs courtesy of Ed Sprake 2012
Studio shot courtesy Danny the Red 2011

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