Skin with Skin

by Paul Clingman

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This is an album recorded with a group of backing musicians from many countries and mixed in South Africa. It's full of echoes of the sounds and shades of the colours that make up the world it springs from, recognising that eyes, ears, fingers and feet define lines on the earth, but holding no border to its heart.

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released July 20, 2013

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Paul Clingman South Africa

I am Paul Clingman, singer-songwriter, artist and author based in South Africa. I was a pioneer in the development of African crossover music. My songs spring from the life of South Africa but echo at the wider horizon.

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Track Name: everywhere everything
gazing through the heat haze
I solidify
waves of burning oxygen
turning earth to glass
you are your shape
draped upon the air
I am my shape
we are everywhere
everywhere everything
everywhere and I
love you

I am like a tree I'm the language
of the wind
I am like the moon I am fuller
than the sky
you are your thought
caught around a ring
I am my thought
we are everything
everywhere everything
everywhere and I
love you

I am where I am

no more fragment of a separate soul
no part not part of what is whole
no more other though no less one
no beginning always begun
at your door

everywhere everything...
Track Name: are we the man
all your midnights
all your rumours
every folded lie
all your whispers
and your long blades
shout to the sky

hands of tv
tongues of airwaves
eyes of passers-by
thoughts of breaking
dreams of burning
shout to the sky

are we the man
are we the man we made

skulls of windows
diamond sockets
the faces testify
against your contracts
and your long blades
shout to the sky

are we the man
are we the man we made

hold on to your memory before
before you forget
what we were when we were not men
we are not men yet

are we the man we made
Track Name: going through the motions
gentlemen are shaking hands
who were enemies only hours ago
think nothing's left to prove
how fiercely they were once at war

sailors without ships
they are building ships not meant for sailors
nobody knows somebody knows
nobody knows what it's really for

I need room to move I need room to move
I need room to move I need room
give me room give me time
give me time give me room
give me time

silence in the corridors
where numbers speak and nobody counts
keyboards know the value
of what is bought and what is sold

information standardised
documents describing life
those who think of gold
are never satisfied with gold

I need room to move I need room to move
I need room to move I need room
give me room give me time
give me time give me room
give me time

overloaded undermined
going through the motions
overloaded undermined
why would anybody want to live like this
overloaded undermined
going through the motions
going through the motions alive

fingers introduce themselves
strangers look on greedily
anxious for the moment
for the moment they believe

names avoiding names
in places nobody remembers
bodies nightly favour night
the way that history favours thieves

I need room to move I need room to move
I need room to move I need room
give me room give me time
give me time give me room
give me time

overloaded undermined
going through the motions
overloaded undermined
why would anybody want to live like this
overloaded undermined
going through the motions
going through the motions alive

overloaded undermined
going through the motions
overloaded undermined
Track Name: how the land lies
hard hand holding me
high hand hovering
hard hand holding me
high hand hovering

empty demons cry
fields of wild grass sing
you can see
stepping outside
how the land lies

stones containing dreams
dark jeeps go by
you can tell
remaining outside
how the land lies

bottles of fire talk
men comparing deeds
dagger eyes
threaten outside
how the land lies

words hang in wind
long left to dry
ghostly mouths
teach you outside
how the land lies

hooves of four horses are drumming
over plains of endless numbing
hope of mothers' sons of coming home

she keeps me in the shelter of her storm
she keeps me as the skies revolve
she can show me
waiting inside
how the land lies

hard hand holding me
high hand hovering
hard hand holding me
high hand hovering
Track Name: just another step in the dark
winds older than all of us
howling in the heart
we are destabilised
words burn like dust in the atmosphere
whatever you say you see
it's just one more
just another step in the dark

you give me what I give you
you what have you given me
I give you what you give me
me what have you given me

you give me what I give you
you what have you given me
I give you what you give me
me what have you given me

gambling your voice on the wilderness
jackals hyaenas
laughing harmonise
the ransom for your loved one
transubstantiates
whatever you you you find I find
it's just one more
just another step in the dark

you give me what I give you
you what have you given me
I give you what you give me
me what have you given me

you give me what I give you
you what have you given me
I give you what you give me
me what have you given me

we are the law
all the law we are
lower than law
Track Name: no man's land
go deliver the whole
of your soul now for silver
who - who will fathom the chasm
of the whole of the heart of a believer
there's steam on the skin
the steam on the skin is rising
whether you end or begin
you lose or you win
it's surprising
living in no man's land

days - days lie in in undying ruins
roundabout
time - time dreaming the breathing dream
in time to another time
what is
is what is the latest sensation
consumed - consumed in the conflagration
living in no man's land

honesty buying betrayal
succeeding in order to fail
every sign every day
says for sale
for sale

now - now paying the rent to the men
on the front of another life
love - love not loving the lonely
loving the lonely comes and goes
envelop me now
in your mystery
I've forgotten the meaning of the cost
of the loss of history
living in no man's land
Track Name: i am the light
although you love me I love love alone
I love love alone
I only love alone
I look like you and you look just like me
we are sailors painting paintings of the sea

luck is one and one is two with luck
one is one and one is two
for one with luck
If you kiss me less I'll kiss you more
biding time timelessly upon the shore

I am the light
I am the light
I am the light
Halaila yesh esh

whether I'm up or down it's up to me
it's up to you below
above it's up to me
you make me just as I make you too
we are many singing songs about the few

meaning only what you mean to be
being only
what you need to mean
when you see me I am out of sight
we are dreams inside the body of the night

I am the light
I am the light
I am the light
Halaila yesh esh


I am the bow I am the arrow
I am the arrow I am the bow
I am the feather I am the flight
I am the eyes I am the light

I am the light
I am the light
I am the light
Halaila yesh esh
Track Name: window in the wall
I heard the mountain whisper to the moon
he say I belong where I belong
and the darkness came out of the west
it was blowing

I heard the desert singing to the seed
he sing I belong where I belong
and the dryness broke the holy ground
it was burning

when I look at you and I see your form
from the window in the wall
I see
two hearts saving two souls
somehow saving all

I heard the eagle crying to the trees
he call I belong where I belong
nothing dared to move over the stone
it was quiet

I heard the woman weeping down below
she cry I belong where I belong
and my heart would surely break
if I could not know you

when I look at you and I see your form
from the window in the wall
I see
two hearts saving two souls
somehow saving all

two hearts two souls saving all
the heart is a window in the wall
Track Name: queen of diamonds
the question of the empty heart
is a question of the ground
when there's nothing
but a hollow echo for an answer
the bridegroom waiting for his bride
will never understand
she might give herself
to anyone who wants her

today will come today will go
a promise of the breath
who'd have recognised
a different sun
if it had risen
tomorrow is just yesterday
while the heart remains in chains
every prisoner
a warder of the prison

on the road lies the card
forgotten where she fell
queen of diamonds
with a tale of hearts to tell

the pain of him
who lost the world
makes others stand amazed
the centuries are nothing
nothing within hours
parents at the cemetery
are beyond the reach of men
when their children lie
beyond the reach of flowers

on the road lies the card
forgotten where she fell
queen of diamonds
with a tale of hearts to tell

peace upon you and
your loved ones
on your day of rest
peace descend upon
your hands
and on your labour
call to mind the smiling eyes
of your enemy
call to mind the smiling
of your neighbour

on the road lies the card
forgotten where she fell
queen of diamonds
with a tale of hearts to tell
Track Name: king and queen of silence
leaning on the wind's arm
looking at the moon's eye
tying up the night's hair
sighing like the sand
I saw you at the sky's side
only for a moment
overheard the song
you were singing to your love

your clothes were like a rainbow
painting the horizon
day and night together
colouring your face
turning as the world turns
you turned towards where I was
nothing but the stillness
carrying your song

we are king and queen of silence
we are histories of sound
we are burning yet we do not burn
we sanctify the ground
we are king and queen of silence
we are the time we are within
we are Egypt's ancient statues
we are touching skin with skin

we are skin

I moved between the shadows
panting like the future
stumbling over stars
that were lying in my way
I saw your eyes with my eyes
eyes which were my own eyes
all that I remember
is the song that I was singing

we are king and queen of silence
we are histories of sound
we are burning yet we do not burn
we sanctify the ground
we are king and queen of silence
we are the time we are within
we are Egypt's ancient statues
we are touching skin with skin

we are skin

we are king and queen of silence