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Bert Jansch - Needle Of Death

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Published on Nov 27, 2013

Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the mid 1960s, generation after generation have been held spellbound by his extraordinary groundbreaking acoustic guitar playing and classic emotive songs. Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Beth Orton have all been devotees, and further generations, led by Devendra Banhart and Pete Doherty, are still discovering Jansch for themselves.

On the eve of a 2009 US tour, Bert was diagnosed with lung cancer. Following treatment, he returned to the live scene at the invitation of Eric Clapton at his 2010 Crossroads festival and completed three US tours as the special guest of Neil Young in 2010 and 2011. Despite a reoccurrence of his illness in the summer of 2011, Bert kept working: playing with Pentangle at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festivals and a spellbinding headline show at Royal Festival Hall that proved to be his last performance. He died on 5 October 2011 at a Marie Curie hospice in the arms of his wife, Loren, who tragically died from a different type of cancer just a couple of months later. They are laid to rest at Highgate Cemetery.

Bert Jansch leaves us an impressive catalogue of some of the most haunting songs in the British canon, carried in the hearts of millions who over the last 50 years have been touched and in many cases irrevocably changed by the emotional resonance of Bert's music.

[source: http://bertjansch.com/]

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When sadness fills your heart
And sorrow hides the longing to be free
When things go wrong each day
You fix your mind to 'scape your misery

Your troubled young life
Had made you turn
To a needle of death

How strange, your happy words
Have ceased to bring a smile from everyone
How tears have filled the eyes
Of friends that you once had walked among

Your troubled young life
Had made you turn
To a needle of death

One grain of pure white snow
Dissolved in blood spread quickly to your brain
In peace your mind withdraws
Your death so near your soul can't feel no pain

Your troubled young life
Had made you turn
To a needle of death

Your mother stands a'cryin'
While to the earth your body's slowly cast
Your father stands in silence
Caressing every young dream of the past

Your troubled young life
Had made you turn
To a needle of death

Through ages, man's desires
To free his mind, to release his very soul
Has proved to all who live
That death itself is freedom for evermore

And your troubled young life
Will make you turn
To a needle of death

[Lyrics by Bert Jansch]

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