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from Lost Art (album) by The Goths



‘Citadel’ dates from 1989 and marks an early shift in The Goths songwriting toward a classical fantasy orientation that was refined later in songs such as 'Ruins', and several parallels with ‘Ruins’ can be drawn. Like 'Ruins', 'Citadel' appears set among the ruins of some post-cataclysmic event, possibly a reference to 'the post-modern predicament', either an age of innocence lying in ruins or the world itself lying in ruins. The lyrics are a few incongruent stanzas of narrative from someone, presumably a knight of some sort, on a quest or some sort of search. There’s no explanation as to how this character happens to be there nor as to the scant details perceived through the eyes and ears of this individual, with one observation only, that whatever event struck ‘caught them by surprise’. The final verse reveals a search to rescue a Queen, yet it’s never revealed if she is known to the knight, nor whether he chances upon her.


Went into the citadel to see what I could find.
All I found was rabid rats and children going blind.
They didn’t mind. It caught them by surprise.
Went into the citadel to get some peace of mind.
All I heard was ringing bells and no-one of my kind.
They didn’t mind. It caught them by surprise.
Went into the citadel to rescue me a Queen.
All I found was holes and bones and now my Queen is free.
She didn’t mind. It caught her by surprise.


from Lost Art (album), track released October 23, 2018
words and music by Johnny Stowmarries
'Citadel' features Johnny Stowmarries on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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