"Rhapsody" as written by and Peter Clarke Susan Ballion....
In the soil of are sadness
Hear our hearts bell a serenade
A faint choir tenderly shaping
A lament a hollow refuge

In the blood of the twinkling sky
Breathing in air drunk dry
There was once a time of rapture
All is lost a pale gleaming

Across this crooked land
Runs a crooked man
Our loved ones die under the hammer
Of the Soviet sun

Nothing can erase this night
But there's still light with you rhapsody
And if we can never see the sun
There's still light with you rhapsody

And I have seen all I want to
And I have felt all I want to rhapsody, rhapsody
But we can dream all we want to
We can dream all we want to, rhapsody oh, rhapsody

And I have seen all I want to
And I have felt all I want to
But we can dream all we want to
Yes we can dream all we want to
Rhapsody

In the soil of are sadness
Hear our hearts bell a serenade
A faint choir tenderly shaping
A lament a hollow refuge

Rhapsody oh, rhapsody
Rhapsody, rhapsody

There's still light with you
There's still light with you rhapsody
It's all we want to, it's all we want to
Rhapsody oh, rhapsody
Rhapsody



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"Rhapsody" as written by Steven Bailey Peter Clarke

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    General CommentThis is one of my all time FAVOURITE Siouxsie & The Banshees songs! And it IS one of the best album closers ever! I always figured it had somethign to do with Stalin or his time (Under the hammer of the Soviet sun). I always liked to think of it universally: no matter how oppressed one or a people is, no one can oppress a person's thoughts in their head. I always took the "rhapsody" as a person's free will. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song...
    leopeaon May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. Like Joy Division's "Decades", which closes out Closer (1980), this song has to rank up there as being one of the great album-enders of all album-enders.
    tad482on October 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this is about the russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich
    didleyrooon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRhapsody:
    "an epic poem adapted for recitation" [wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn]
    "A rhapsody in music is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated, free-flowing in structure, featuring a range of highly contrasted moods, colour and tonality. An air of spontaneous inspiration and a sense of improvisation make it freer in form than a set of variations. ..." [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhapsody_(music)]

    I agree ... this is one of the greatest songs. It has an range of emotion, is uplifting and moving, and stunning in its complexity.

    I think Leopea's comments are right on -- it uses that image of soviet oppression to embrace and celebrate the indomitable human spirit. The way it does it -- through a musical rhapsody -- reminds us that life is also "episodic yet integrated."
    bweenieon January 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSIOUXSIE: "The song is deliberately rich. It's about Shostakovitch, a really sad man, who was victimised, ridiculed and then broken by the Stalin regime. I love his music, really powerful. The song's about wishing you could be a consolation to him" Source: NME 1988
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link

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