Curiosities Of Popular Customs

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released January 28, 2005

All songs composed by Vialka; except for Kang Ding Town, which is a traditional Chinese folk song, and the texts in Die Lorelei by Heinrich Heine, and Shitty Monkeys by Haruki Murakami. All sounds extracted and sculpted by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, between concerts in Minsk and Porto in late-November/early-December 2004. Vialka is Eric Boros (baritone guitar and voice) and Marylise Frecheville (drums and voice). "Potap & Mobil" and "Computer" paintings by Nikolai Kopeikin, photo by Isabelle Bassot, and layout by Anne Gally.

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Track Name: Village Mentality Part Two
Par monts et par vaux, mon postier
En course à pied ou à vélo
Sillonne les chemins du pays,
Distribue le courrier en héros.
Peu importe le temps il sourit,
Et raconte les histoires du chaos.

Un matin orageux en Auvergne,
Il vit les Salers assemblées
Autour d'une génisse paralysée
Près son petit mort-né tout dut tout froid.
Il pédala comme un fou vers la ferme.
Et retentit l'alarme.

Bravant la foudre et le tonnerre,
Le rutilant rouge
Des sapeur-pompiers volontaires
Fonce.
Bravant la foudre et le tonnerre,
Sans répit dans l'effort,
Les sapeur-pompiers volontaires
Jouent avec la mort.
Track Name: Everywhere & Nowhere
Le rat se faufile dans ma chambre,
Il va grignoter
Mes bouchons d'oreille.
Le bruit me reveille!

N'importe où et nulle part,
J' ai posé le pied,
Je vais bondir
Sur l'avenir en Shamallow,
Equilibre instable.

Partout où j'attéris,
Je danse, je ris, je chante,
Avant de dormir.
Partout on me consumme
Energie renouvelable.

Je n'oublie pas la ville
Où j'ai grandi
Je n'oublie pas les cons,
Et les amis,
Mais nullepart je ne m'ancrerai,
Le vide a aspiré…

Le sol ou j'ai posé le pied.
Track Name: Umfall
Umfall

Allez, allez, allez, allez, allez.
England and America don't have it so good.
Allez, allez, allez, allez, allez.

Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.

Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.
Umfall, Abfall.

Sans vapeur sans émoi une torpeur dans ton corps gît là.
Track Name: Shitty Monkeys
Somewhere far, far away there is a shitty island, an island without a name, an island not worth giving a name, a shitty island with a shitty shape.
On this shitty island grow palm trees that also have shitty shapes, and the palm trees produce coconuts that also have a shitty smell. Shitty monkeys live in the trees, and they love to eat these shitty smelly coconuts, after which they shit the foulest shit.
The shit falls on the ground and builds shitty mounds, making the shitty palm trees that grow on them even shittier. It’s an endless circle.
Track Name: Die Lorelei
Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten,
Daß ich so traurig bin,
Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt,
Im Abendsonnenschein.

Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar,
Ihr gold'nes Geschmeide blitzet,
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar,
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme,
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame,
Gewalt'ge Melodei.

Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe,
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
Er schaut nicht die Felsenrisse,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh'.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn,
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
Die Loreley getan.
Track Name: Trois Ou Quatre Bières
Now I'm back in my hometown,
And what more can I say?
Things, they never change,
So I must be on my way.

You can buy me three beers or you can buy me four,
It's not alcohol so you can buy me more!

The grass is always greener,
To that I will admit.
But I won't stagnate somewhere,
Because I don't give a shit.

So I travel 'round the world,
Just looking for some fun.
I've got my life to lead,
And it's the only one.
Track Name: Only The Wrong Survive
I told you so, I told you so; I was right and you were wrong.
Track Name: Kang Ding Town
High upon the mountain side
Floats a cloud so white
There lies peaceful Kang Ding town
Bathed in silver moonlight

Moonlight shines bright
Over Kang Ding town, oh

Lovely maid with a smile so sweet
Li the wood cutter’s daughter
Gheng the blacksmith eldest’s son
Came through moonlight to court her

Moonlight shines bright
Over Kang Ding town, oh
Came through moonlight to court her

He fell in love with her smile so sweet
And her pleasing ways, oh
She could cook and she could sew
Care for him all of his days, oh

Moonlight shines bright
Over Kang Ding town, oh
Care for him all of his days, oh

Lovely maidens of the world
I cannot but love you
Gentlemen folk of the world
They cannot but woe you

Moonlight shines bright
Over Kang Ding town, oh
They cannot but woe you

Moonlight shines bright
Over Kang Ding town, oh