ISLAND SONG – THE ILLUSTRATED LYRICS BOOK
In 1992 I wrote a song called Island Song and decided to illustrate the lyrics.
Influenced by the Catalan artist Zush I also decided to invent my own alphabet and to produce a series of 16 pieces to illustrate the song.
I eventually recorded the song in 1995 in Paris and it was released on the Island Songs c.d. in 1996.
on the NATO label (nato 777 707)
From far away places with strange sounding names
They bring Japanese hotels and imported sand.
They steal our music and take it back home; London to Paris, Berlin and Rome.
They come island hopping, island swapping, hula bopping, do the haul bop.
Everybody loves our island, everybody loves the sun;
Everybody loves the palm trees and everybody here has fun.
On a tropical evening to the sound of steel guitars
You could sail out on the breeze or stroll beneath the stars
But now the sky is cloudy and the breeze it smells of tar
from a burning oil well somewhere half way ’round the world.
Go hiking in the hillsides but you won’t see many trees
They have all been cut down and they grow things that no-one needs.
Once there were flowers and birds for all to see
Now the only thing that fly’s here are giant killer bees.
It’s the mutation, from radiation, hula bopping, do the haul bop.
Lay out in the shade of the coconut trees
If you lay out in the sun you might catch a skin disease.
Don’t go in the water, it’s not that you will freeze
It’s just that the pollution has made a deadly sea.
For thirty years or more, right there just off the shore
The world has been dumping stuff that it can’t use no more.
Every time they need a place, to test a nuclear device
We are always pleased to know that we are always first choice.
Out here in the Ocean, far away from sight of land
We wouldn’t want the fallout to land on fellow man.
Everybody loves our island, everybody loves the sun
Everybody loves the palm trees and everybody here has fun
Island hopping, island swapping, haul bopping, do the haul bop.
Below are thumbnails of the remaining 15 pages.
This set of 16 very high quality colour copier prints are on A4 paper in an edition of ten all signed and numbered.
I first became aware of Zush when I was living in Almunecar in Southern Spain. At the time he was making small postcard sized pictures that looked like tarot cards.