In The Dead Of The Night

from by Valentine Black

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A murder ballad...


In the dead of the night
(Every second line is ‘In the dead of the night, in the dead of the night’)

Lord won’t you save me from my desires
I don’t always tell the truth but I ain’t no liar
Consumed by passion, it burns inside
I gotta a woman in the country and she drive me wild.

Her father’s people came from Inis Mor,
She used to hitch up her skirt as she tipped through the shore,
Well we arranged a midnight rendevouz,
So I could give her my love the way young lovers do.

I was drinking whiskey, I was drinking beer
I was rolling numbers, I was bending ears,
I was stretching time the way young men do,
And one for the road became one or two.

Well another man, he got there first,
No he didn’t rob her, no he did much worse,
He took her youth and then he took her life,
And then he went home to his kids and his wife.

Well the guilty man, the Lord he knows,
And the bigger the secret the more people it shows,
I took my Daddy’s gun from neath the bed,
And I shot him and I shot him till I shor him dead.

Well Lord won’t you save me from my desires,
Love and hate they burn like fire,
Some things you can’t control no matter how you try
I got a woman in the country and she drive me wild


from Desire Lines, track released February 14, 2012
Valentine Black (P Mc Loughlin): vocals, acoustic guitar.
Philly Kennedy: bass
Mick Cross: drums
Dave Robinson: electric lead guitar
Robert MacLeod: electric guitar, piano/keyboards, string/brass arrangements.
Petra Lexova: violins
William Palmer: trumpet
Dead of the night singers: Derek Matthews, Mick Cross, Paddy McDermott, Fran Myles, Siobhan Odomusu, Mickey McHugh, Emma McLoughlin

Produced by Robert MacLeod and P Mc Loughlin
Engineered by Richie Corcoran at Resolution Recordings Dublin
Mastered by Barry Woodward at Dining Room Music London



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Valentine Black Ireland

Valentine Black wants his body of work to mix the heart of Springsteen, the head of Dylan, the guts of The Clash and the imagination of Bowie...throw in plenty of melody, and a nod and a wink to more contemporary artists like Arcade Fire, The National, Elbow and James and you’ve got his musical ambition!
His debut album is due for release in Spring 2012.
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