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It’s one of the oldest songs on the record but the one I recorded last. I was playing it in concert during the tour of the first album but it took me several years to grasp it and find an arrangement that does it justice. The band that accompanies me on stage, The Soldiers of Love, helped me a lot by suggesting different ideas, and working again and again on different versions. Eventually I produced this final recording alone with Morgan. It’s a kind of compilation of the different versions that have existed over time. But once again the approach was to go back to basics, to remove everything that was not vital and to keep only the rhythm, the song, and the riffs.
It’s a slightly obscure and ambiguous song, but by its themes and images I have the impression that it speaks of our time.
At the end of the day, it is probably a criticism of myself for being so “wait-and-see” and apathetic in the face of so much misery and injustice. It’s a frontal attack against the conformist and cowardly part that lies in all of us.

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Your frustration has a face
But the guard said «no picture !»
You’re studying the past
And you mastermind the future

We all dreamt of a rise
But we kept waiting for permission
You have a head full of the fight
And you won’t win the election

So listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat
Listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat

So many babblers in the night
Selling out the same pollution :
«Have a last thought for the light
Before darkness wins the auction»

We were poets in exile
We were crappy little smokers
It was written in a file
By someone in the ghetto

So listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat
Listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat

Is this a terminal world
Or just crippling entertainment ?
It was cries that I heard
And It was coming from the basement

Listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat
Listen to the words that the parrot says and try to repeat

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released July 22, 2020
Written and composed by Nicolas Michaux
Arranged By Ted Clark and Clement Nourry
Published by Capitane Music.
Bass, Guitars, Electric Piano, Keys, Vocals, Percussions : Nicolas Michaux
Drums : Morgan Vigilante
Drums recorded by Julien Rauïs
Produced by Nicolas Michaux
P and C Capitane Records

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Nicolas Michaux Brussels, Belgium

Nicolas Michaux is a singer-songwriter and music producer. Born and bred in Belgium he now divides his time between Brussels, and the Danish island of Samso, where he writes and records. Michaux released the critically acclaimed debut album “A La Vie A La Mort” in 2016. His second album “Amour Colère” will be out on September 25 ... more

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