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A Private Encyclopaedia

by The Jesus Cleaver

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    EXJCDA0001. Immediate download of the 10-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC (lossless), or ALAC (lossless) formats.

    BONUS 32-page PDF "Lyrics and Postcards from the debut album" included with album purchase (see the Merch page for the physical book).

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    EXJCCD0001. 10 track audio CD of the debut album with full CD-Text for track/album/artist name. Includes highest quality, full colour printed CD-R in cellophane wrapped jewel case with full colour, two panel front insert and back tray insert.

    Also includes immediate download of the digital album, and BONUS 32-page PDF "Lyrics and Postcards from the debut album".

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PLEASE REPLIA Like birds in a puddle I bathe in your sickness And the water falls down And covers me in the thought of you And I'm waiting to cry I climb up higher Always the wrong way So I fall into nothing And hope I can stay The rain flows out of me Killing the ants on me I drown them in blood lost down to the floor And the water falls down And covers me in the memory of you I call to your heart Calling to nobody Alone in the air Your voice is brought to me Oh please Please, oh please Please Replia Please Replia Please Replia I cannot escape you Please Replia
VULNERABLE TO FALLING It looks so well on you But I'm not a well boy Knew it so perfectly That deepest memory That keeps me cold beneath my skin Touch me and whisper At last I hear your voice In the final silent breath And stay like this forever Forever Forever Time has changed your skin But nothing has changed my heart I'm vulnerable to falling And the hand in hand I pray for sedation And nothing is within I'm vulnerable to falling
Luscious 03:51
LUSCIOUS My heart, an hourglass Kiss for an empty table Kiss for the masquerade The lost time The last words ever spoken Were yours Your luscious broken eyes The last time But it never ends Your voice, my blood and I Fall like a city on melting ice Into your... To the end One more kiss Now words are an enemy My whole army's now disarmed The cold things feel the same And all the words mean nothing The only place to hide Your luscious broken eyes Into your... Leave you with nothing I have nothing more to give (Twist like sin I lost something I lost myself) Into your
Oh Darling 02:42
OH DARLING Oh darling Oh darling Oh darling I've seen The end That must come
Idol 02:08
IDOL (Instrumental)
Rend 03:02
REND For the fruit of the tree she came To gather the fallen ones And as she cried for victory The dead lay all around And in her arms the chosen lay In her arms the chosen stayed "We'll waste no time" She breathed, "We'll never weep for them "But let them rest "And we will meet again" "We'll never sleep "We'll never weep "We'll never breathe again "But let them rest "And we will meet again" January and winter passed All this time alone To never hear that sound again To never see you lost again To never be so close again I would sell the world to misery And give them even more
Antecedents 02:38
ANTECEDENTS You wouldn't come out So I had to tear you And you make the strangest shapes Of blood upon my pillow And I held your pieces in my hand I waited for you to tell everything The only time that scent is noticed Is when you get it on my skin And is this alright to wear today? I knew I would like you If you had to get entangled So get down into your water You burn like a strawberry Just like that in my mouth And skin so white and clear And the door was closed But everything was there Your clothes have disappeared Into the floor, into the room And we kiss to stay alive "How does that feel?" Your clothes have disappeared Into the floor, into the room And we breathe to stay alive "How does that feel?"
Ascension 03:44
ASCENSION You were in my water A needle through my skin A towel and a telephone But we were not alone And things were nearer When you were clearer And moonlight faces Remember swinging places In this encyclopaedia of you The silence shared I watch you sleep From above your bed Your precious beauty left unbled And things were clearer When you were nearer And the doors were open The slowly broken In this encyclopaedia of you The words unspoken The passion lost For the things I fought Left with you my only thought The last things left quite pleasantly Ending always more fatally So promise things that never end Leave me with presents I'll never send
STILL LIFE SWIMMING Still life swimming Heart movement dimming Fear is floating Through the rivers of my mind Some unknown pressure Is squeezing it through And the one thing on my mind tonight Is what remembers you Like a hundred hundred cups of tea You were swirling You were dreaming Through what was then called me And I was living When I was on your mind And I was diving into life Instead of dying
DO SOMETHING FOR ME And we get old And you get old Wither and die You will wither and die With nothing delivered With nothing achieved Do something for me Do something for me Burn all the stars Boil every sea For a certain remembrance Will never leave me Do something for me Do something for me Into the sea of my arms she will fall Into the sea of my arms she will fall For her ship will be lost Into the sea of my world Do something for me Do something for me


Based in Brisbane, Australia, The Jesus Cleaver is the creative vehicle of singer/songwriter John P Shea. The debut album, "A Private Encyclopaedia", features local special guests including "[3]" on bass guitar, and backing vocalists Angie Draper and Tanya Quinlan.

The band have combined vivid and emotive lyrics with a lush, beautifully disturbing atmosphere to confound easy genrification. Employing electronic and classical elements in their music, The Jesus Cleaver maintain a definitive musical edge with driving percussion and infectious bass lines. This concentration of moods is the expression of a dark alternative band decidedly out of place in the sub-tropical climes of "the Sunshine State".

From fast-paced, bass-heavy tracks to quirky and irreverent, to devastating emotionalism, The Jesus Cleaver explore a broad range of sounds and styles, with a dark romantic theme underscoring the ten original tracks on the debut album.


released May 18, 2010

Written and produced by John P Shea.
Vocals: John P Shea
Backing Vocals: Angie Draper, Tanya Quinlan (Track 6)
Bass Guitar: John P Shea (Tracks 3, 8, 9, 10), [3] (Tracks 1,2)
Electric Guitar: John P Shea (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8)
Keyboards and Percussion (Programming, Live Performance, Samples): John P Shea
Additional Location Recordings: John P Shea (Track 1, Beach at Sunshine Coast; Track 4, Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle; Track 10, Bats inside Capricorn Caves)
Additional Arrangements: Bass Guitar: [3] (Tracks 1, 2, 9, 10), Backing Vocals: Tanya Quinlan (Track 6)
Additional Music: Traditional (Track 4 Introduction)


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