Once Upon A Time/The Singles


- Hong Kong Garden

- Mirage

- The Staircase (Mystery)

- Playground Twist

- Love In A Void

- Happy House

- Christine

- Israel

- Spellbound

- Arabian Knights



Hong Kong Garden

Harmful elements in the air
Cymbals crashing everywhere
Reap the fields of rice and reeds
While the population swells 

Junk floats on polluted water
An old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number 23
Leave your yens on the counter please
Hong Kong garden 

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confucius has a puzzling grace
Disoriented you enter in
Unleashing scent of wild jasmine 

Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
a race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mien and Chop Suey
Hong Kong garden takeaway
Hong Kong garden


The Staircase (Mystery)

Stare case lying face up
Stare cat on a mat
Looking down 

Slide down the banister
Take the escalator
Slide down the banister
Or try the elevator 

I was standing on the landing
Now I'm standing in the hall
Looking up 

Won't someone assist me
Solve this mystery
Somebody assist me
Arrange the symmetry

Muffled footsteps on the carpet
Spiral steps start spinning
Around me 

Which floor which ceiling
You're off balance
Which floor which ceiling
It's all upside down 

Stare case lying face up
Stare cat on a mat
Looking down...


Love in A Void

Too many fools blocking my motion
Clouding my eyes -- must be the potion
Spots on my eyes -- must be the lotion 

Love in a void -- it's so numb
Avoid in love -- it's so dumb
Love in a void 

Too many bigots for my liking
Too many critics -- too few writing
Rabid dogs that aren't biting 

Love in a void -- it's so numb
Avoid in love -- it's so dumb
Love in a void 

Jaded reputation on which you're staking
Lots of money for the making
For all the stars they're just faking 

Love in a void -- it's so numb
Avoid in love -- it's so dumb
Love in a void



Little orphans in the snow
With nowhere to call a home
Start their singing
Waiting through the summertime
To thaw your hearts in wintertime
That's why they're singing

Waiting for a sign to turn blood into wine
The sweet taste in your mouth -- turned bitter in its glass 

Israel... in Israel
Israel... in Israel 

Shattered fragments of the past
Meet in veins on the stained glass
Like the lifeline in your palm
Red and green reflects the scene
Of a long forgotten dream
There were princes and there were kings 

Now hidden in disguise -- cheap wrappings of lies
Keep your heart alive with a song from inside 

Even though we're all alone
We are never on our own when we're singing 

There's a man who's looking in
And he smiles a toothless grin
Because he's singing
See some people shine with glee
But their song is jealousy
Their hate is clanging -- maddening 

In Israel... will they sing Happy Noel
Israel... in Israel
Israel... in Israel
In Israel will they sing Happy Noel


notes perso : cette compilation est tout à fait in-dis-pen-sa-ble car elle contient un bon nombre de chansons géniales uniquemment sorties en singles et donc introuvables depuis longtemps. En particulier Hong Kong Garden, le tout premier single éblouissant du groupe et Israel, l'une de leur meilleures chansons. Court mais sublime, à posséder, évidemment, en plus des albums.

- Hong Kong Garden : 20/20

- Mirage : 19/20

- The Staircase (Mystery) : 19/20

- Playground Twist : 20/20

- Love In A Void : 20/20

- Happy House : 20/20

- Christine : 20/20

- Israel : 20/20

- Spellbound : 20/20

- Arabian Knights : 20/20