The True Sparrow

by Nocturne Blue

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'The True Sparrow' is a collection of original songs by art rock singer/songwriter Dutch Rall. Featuring Trey Gunn (David Sylvian / John Paul Jones) on Warr Guitar and Markus Reuter (Devin Townsend / Stick Men) on U8. Troy Jones lands a powerful drum punch to give this version of the band an earthier foundation and Mark Cook (Herd of Instinct) lends some essential icing on the cake. Ummm, cake.
Lyrically, the songs are more personal and political than past Nocturne Blue material, having been written over the summer of 2019 while watching the world burn.
Groove, feel, and mood, however, remain the band's underlying currencies.


"Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn." Leonard Cohen

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released November 26, 2019

Dutch Rall - Vocals, Synths, Guitar, Bass, Electronics.
Markus Reuter - U8 Touch Guitar - Trks 1,4,6
Mark Cook - Warr Guitar, Synth - Trks - 2,3,4
Troy Jones - Drums - Trks 1,2,3,6
Bill Bachman - Drums - Trk 1
Kaitlyn ni Donovan - Voices - Trk 4
Trey Gunn - Warr Guitar, Bass - Trks 1,2,3,6

all songs written by Dutch Rall. copyright 2019
recorded in Seattle, Dallas, Portland, and New Orleans.

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Nocturne Blue is an art rock band led by Dutch Rall which incorporates elements of downtempo, dream pop, and post rock. Contributing musicians include Markus Reuter, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Mark Cook, Marco Machera, Julie Slick, and Kaitlyn ni Donovan.
Nocturne Blue is often compared to Massive Attack, Bowie, Daniel Lanois, Sylvian's work with Robert Fripp and The Blue Nile.
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Track Name: No One Ever Returns
Hold your breath and count to nine
All your anger's just wasting time
Still that songbird in your soul
Give up every pretense of control

You can climb the highest mountain
Build your temple to fame
Lay gifts on the alter
Pray a glimmer remains
Reach out for that something
A touch that brightly burns
Because nothing stays long
And no one ever returns

Close you eyes and count to five
Hurt me deep if it makes you feel alive
That listless longing you can't disguise
A thousand cuts
A hundred knives
Track Name: Emote Control
Is there a rhythm in the static
That only you can see
A pulse directly to your brain
Where the blood-flow used to be
Now the weather girl's winking slyly
And the preacher's reaching through
The screens are getting bigger
Special offers just for you

Find a channel
Change the channel

Suburbia's aspiration
Bordem's birthright to defend
Brown grandmas warn their babies
Brown babies never win

Find the channel
Change the channel

Angry and ashamed
And entertained

Boxes after boxes
In a row down the lane
Painted different colors
individually the same
Battle rages in the desert
Throwing poison to the sky
Killing all God's children
Fighting eye for an eye

Product placement in the newscast
Advertisements in the show
Programming the fembots
Slowly taking off their clothes
Just wind me up to go

Find a channel
Change the channel

There's a flower on a sandbar
Where the forest used to be
And life beneath the Arctic
Is ready to crawl free

Angry and ashamed
And entertained
Track Name: Think it Over
Father says it's time to make amends
Father says abandon all your friends
They don't know what's good for you
But I do

I know the right thing
And I know the good thing
I know everything
Think it over

When you're playing in the yard
And playing by the rules is hard
Remember He's watching you
And I am too

Is that an ouchy on your knee
Let me see
I know a good thing
Think it over

Teacher doesn't want to lead me on like this
Teacher just wants a kiss
She just wants to drive me home
Cause I'm so unique
And almost grown

She says I'm old enough to read her book
And rules don't apply with these looks
That maybe I can make a passing grade
She says I'm teacher's favorite in every way

And now that time has brought them to their knees
Revenge has got me rolling up my sleeves
I'd like to turn the other cheek
But sometimes I'm weak

What's the right thing
What's the good thing
What is anything
Think it over
Think it over
Track Name: Last Star in the Black Sky
13 flowers for 14 lonely queens
7 heavy crowns for 6 indecisive kings

Peasants on the battlefield rummage through the aftermath
Silent in their horror
Hurry before the next attack

New wheels on the chariot roll past with a sneer
Inhale, take a deep breath
Revel in their fear

Last Star in the Black Sky
Turn the last page
Read the last line
Last star in the black sky
Burn the evidence
Kill your own kind

The beast we used to bet on has become the man of war
Racing 'round in circles
Lost track of what it's for

Square peg in the round hole you're the arbiter of taste
The priceless thing that you stole
That can never be replaced

Last star in the Black Sky
Turn the last page
Read the last line
Last star in the black sky
Burn the evidence
Kill your own kind
Last Star in the Black Sky
Track Name: Overboard
You've abandoned ship
And I'm tossed and turned
Out past the break
Where you drown or learn
Can't see the shore
Can't feel you
Have to sink or find
The strength to push through

Will you hear all my reasons
Will you forgive my excuse

The cool fires on the far horizon
I'm a crazy captain lost at sea
You're the constellation that guides me blindly
Man the lifeboats
It's everyone for themselves
Infinite ocean
Lose your heart in the swell
Just don't let me go overboard
Don't let me go over
Don't let me go overboard
Don't let me go

My favorite chord in your summer song
That time you tore your evening dress
Some quiet thing in a stolen moment
I need you to listen as I confess

It was the cool fires on the far horizon
I'm a crazy captain lost at sea
You're the constellation that guides me blindly
Man the lifeboats
It's everyone for themselves
Infinite ocean
Lose your heart in the swell
Just don't let me go overboard
Don't let me go over
Don't let me go overboard
Don't let me go
Track Name: Straight Line
Angels stuck on the overpass
A rising sun wakes a worried world
We always knew this couldn't last
Live fast
Die young
Skip the check
It's a symptom with no redemption
Painting over this masterpiece
To draw a perfect straight line

Men with power rig the game
Thread the needle, sow the blame
Write the fables filled with fear
Imaginary monsters
It's outrageous
It's contagious
Painting over this masterpiece to draw a perfect straight line
We've drawn a perfect straight line.

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