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The Slings

from The Dance of Life by JAYL

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This is the super-powered opening track from 'The Dance of Life' album, 'The Slings' is by Jayl De Lara and Andy Wood. The title is short for 'The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune' - taken from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'; as Jayl used his Gamezzz methodology to construct this masterpiece including gamezzz called 'Two Songs in One', 'Book & Transport' and 'Six Reasons'. From these gamezzz came the lyrics, the drums and the loops. Like Shakespeare's Hamlet, the story is a tragedy and focusses on a vengeful ghost. The complexity of Shakespeare's classic is reflected in the lyrics of this song. Jayl describes 'The Slings' ghost as the 'Phantom of Irony and Shame'. The lyrics also allude to artists and musicians surviving 'the slings and arrows of outrageous' fortune, which has so often been the case in Jayl's own career, where nothing has come easy and he has had to fight as a warrior on every step of the journey. In truth, the lyrics to this song have multi-layered meanings, just as the song has multi-layers of musical content. When playing this track recently, BBC Radio Bristol described it as 'straddling the genres'. In essence, the genre is Jayl's own Purism, recently included as an official genre on Soundcloud. Jayl was also looking to fuse Dubstep sounds with guitars and quality singing.

Lyrics by Jayl De Lara ©



“To be or not to be?” The question @ the heart of me,
The beauties & the curses & the deadliest of skies.
The slings & arrows fly, I choose another day to die…
‘Cos everybody here says “Hi!”

Merchants of Desire & the Guests
Masters of the Vision & the Quests
Paragons of Virtue & the Ruck
Dance a Tango with Lady Luck

Juno in the tempest scorned … He couldn’t say he hadn’t been warned. Grand Dukes, Princes & Czars … History unwritten in scars.
Hades, Erebus & Styx … built the bloody wells with bricks.
Nuit – Our lady of the Star … Well I think that she’s come real far…
Yeah I think she’s come far!

Walls of superstition cannot hide the apparition,
In conditions, during missions he occasionally drops by.
Ragism & Tagism are busy watching out for him…
‘Cos everybody here says “Hi!”
Prophets of Reality & Rhyme
Guardians of Purgatory & Time

You ran away from me, I knew you weren’t no missionary,
But something of a visionary, or nothing in between.
Where are you bleeding from? It’s oozing from another song…
‘And everybody here says “Hi!”

His roar is bigger than his bite, but you know he’ll put you out of sight!

Orpheus – his head is in the stream … He’s screamin’ loud he’s been cut clean! The Sirens are a-wailing in the dell … I can hear them all the way from hell! Fanatic opposition torn … Everyone must be reborn. Kin – Red Night of the Realm … Well I think he gonna make a great film…Yeah a really great film!

LadyTree, we got so dreadful low, and even little children know!

Lived the summer fantasy with Queen of Sensuality,
and Maiden of Vitality - the one that got away,
She works enchanted wood … where everyone is feelin’ good
And everybody there says “Hi!”

I owe you one life and a lake ... Yours to drink and yours to take

For all belonged to all except thieves … Pilfering their moments from chiefs. At the Temple of the sun she glides … and he’s no longer on the slide. The rustle of the lovers in the breeze … hanging in the air, unfreezed. Love the lucky lady in the car … Well I think she’s gonna go far…Yeah she’s gonna go far! ‘Cos she really is a Star!

“Hey Phantom of the irony and shame. are you ready?
Shall we play the next game?”

Lyrics by Jayl De Lara ©


from The Dance of Life, released August 1, 2008
by Jayl & Andy Wood © Harmony Label


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JAYL (aka: Jayl De Lara) Singer - Songwriter - Musician - Producer + Founder of the Harmony Label and the PURISM music methodology & genre. Jayl has an amazing and extensive back catalogue going back to the 1980's which is now being made available as digital downloads through this Bandcamp site. ... more

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