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The Dark Torch

from All Attractions by Jonathan Segel



This track is about Johann Struensee, King Christian and Queen Caroline Matilda.


the king is troubled by his role, he has no script for this play
the queen seems like a child, but maybe that's her art

she's innocuous it seems, easy to underestimate.
he should have been an actor, fall back on a script to play his part

the doctor is afraid, but he must step through that door
finally we can do what's right with reason at the fore
history opens a unique aperture

is there room in this world for the man
the man whose soul is in many parts?
or is there only room for those who are just one…?

the kingdom made of reason holds a great incumbency
placing power in jeopardy

would you fight for someone's freedom when they themselves will not be free?
is there truth is what you see, then,is there some abstract equality

is there room is this world for the man who looks ahead
or is there only room for those looking back?

the king is lost in a labyrinth, while the doctor signs the bills
to transform what is into what will be

but the masks that hide the power, they will scare and rile the king,
so that when it all comes down, then his dark torch will scare away the light.
they are both live human beings, no shame, she alone can unite passion and death, they are no longer afraid of anything

oh doctor now
don't give up
seeds are sown
children grown

no portal in history
could bring what you want to be
no sign will be given when
it's time to begin again
no future without you can
be part of a working plan

is there room in this world for the man who would step through that door?
or is there only room for those who stay behind?

fear is the darkest torch, when the future is unknown
here the seeds of doubt are sown

society is a machine we are all just little gears, it doesn't matter what your role
power needs a status quo just to keep control


from All Attractions, released January 3, 2012


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Jonathan Segel is a musician and composer, playing guitar, violin, computer, keyboards, electric bass and singing, etc.

He plays solo and with Camper Van Beethoven and Øresund Space Collective
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