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from Lost Art (album) by The Goths



'Raven' can be thought of as marking the start of a 'lunar-centric' trend in The Goths music that was continued in later songs like 'Tree,' 'Midnight' and possibly even 'Don't Want to Die.' These were songs in which they set the controls for the heart of the moon, as it were, where the focus was more on creating a very dark, moody atmosphere. It sets a very high benchmark in that regard. ‘Raven’ dates from early in 1990. As with 'Black Laugh,' there was never any intention to set out with a specific story in mind. It was an intention, however, to give the impression of a story being told. Both songs have ended up being somewhat open-ended and fairly open to interpretation, which is very important, as listeners will come away with vastly differing interpretations.


On an evening tense with murder and a moon that blazes cold
The land howls in agony and another life dissolves
The castle waits a monolith with four turrets standing high
Spires try to rip to shreds the dark myopic sky
The count appears so pale with a touch as soft as silk
His eyes are filled with anguish for he cannot find the milk that
Keeps his soul alive and throbs within his breast his heart pounds
The rhythm echoes off the walls like bells the lanterns ring
But now the constant pounding is a raven on the wing
The raven lands it speaks in an ancient tongue explains
That the Raven of Eupherides has succeeded once again
To keep the count alive and put another soul to rest


from Lost Art (album), track released April 10, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney and Johnny Stowmarries
'Raven' features Percy Blakeney 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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