miniluv

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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I was asked to participate in a local celebration of the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's 1984. Local poets and artists participated, writing new works inspired by the book. I wrote these four songs for the event, retelling the tragic love story of Winston and Julia contained in 1984. "miniluv", of course, is Newspeak for Ministry of Love where the story's climax takes place.

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released June 29, 2019

Thanks to my friend and poet Frank Patterson for inviting me to take part in the original event and inspiring me to create these songs. Thanks also to George Orwell for being a man of terrifying vision.

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Track Name: Burn the Before
Doubleplusgood
that's what we say
when we gather in the square
every day

Then we scream
when the traitor's shown
we hate his truth
we hate our hope

I wear a blank face
so they never know
that I know inside
there was a time before

I catch your eye
the same mask of hate
how can this be
love in this place

The before burns in me
while we
burn the before
The before burns in me
while we
burn the before

I risk their dogs
I risk their love
to touch something from
before this world's begun

You risk me
I risk you
to feel something real
in this room

(CHORUS)

There was no before
there was only the war
there was no before
there was only the war
three is four
only the war
there was no before

The best way
to minds and hearts
is to control the words they use
and their art

They can't control
how we feel
take away its name
doesn't make it less real

right?

(CHORUS)
Track Name: We Are the Dead
Any little scratch
and they get in
and start to fill the space
beneath your skin
with fearful love
and oily gin
and BB high above
that's how they win

That's how they win

You start to live with the bombs
you start to live with the death
because they are all the places
where you connect
they kill your words
they squeeze your chest
and you think they love you
because they let you have breath

they let you have breath

Real coffee
secret bread
a lover's body
in my bed

it's all I know of love
it's all I know of love
It's the most I've ever felt
it's the only thing I can love

Any more
I see the lies
the deeper I look
into your eyes
have to shelter this flame
from their designs
our love is the only solid point
on a blurry line

on a blurry line

Look to the Proles
like the man said
they're stupid and happy
but could rise instead
Is their hope in them
under skies of lead
The future's not for us
we are the dead

We are the dead

Real coffee
secret bread
a lover's body
in my bed

Breaking glass
guns pointed at our heads
we can't touch
we are the dead

we are the dead
we are the dead

you are the dead
Track Name: Welcome to Love
Welcome to Love
how long have you been here
welcome to Love
you don't get to sleep here
welcome to Love
we'll pull out your teeth here
welcome to Love

Welcome to Love
we're not going to kill you
Welcome to Love
until we empty then fill you
Welcome to Love
She already betrayed you
Welcome to Love

You know what's behind that door
you know what 101 is for
they've been set to the task
here is the mask

Welcome to Love
we know what you fear worst
Welcome to Love
crazed hunger and thirst
Welcome to Love
they'll eat your eyes first
Welcome to love

There's is no before
there is only the war
there is no before
there is only the war
three is four
there is only the war
Track Name: Do It To Julia
They can break love
they can break hope
they can break the things you see
and the things you know

Under the spreading
chestnut tree
they broke you
they broke me

Don't do it to me
do it to Julia
Don't do it to me
do it to Julie

They can make love
they can make hope
because they make the things you see
and the things you know

They made me
they made you
and they made us love Him
until the bullet goes through

Don't do it to me
do it to Julia
Don't do it to me
do it to Julie

I love you
I love you
I love you
as the bullet goes through
I love you
as the bullet goes through
Julia
I love you
as the bullet goes through
Julia

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