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Pandemonium

from Mad Martins by Gary Miller

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about

After a long period in relative obscurity, (for example, in the 1930s very large and once famous paintings by him were sold for as little as £2) the name of John Martin was suddenly hugely popular again in artistic circles, when his painting ‘Pandemonium’, based on Milton’s ‘End of the World’ and one of a series of Martin paintings inspired by ‘Paradise Lost’, sold for a record £1.65 million at Christie’s, in London, on February 19th 2003, having originally sold for just 180 guineas in the 1840s. Major exhibitions of his works are still mounted and he is well represented in the Tate Gallery, London, and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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PANDEMONIUM

You’ve been creating Pandemonium again, John;
It’s just gone under the hammer for 1.65 million.
Well, what do you think of that?
The art world has doffed its hat;
It’s a far cry from the 180 guineas
It first sold for long ago.

You’ve been creating Pandemonium again, John;
You’ve sprung triumphantly into the new Millennium,
You’re a star attraction,
You’re at the forefront of the action;
Does it give you satisfaction,
Wherever you may be?

It’s Pandemonium,
Shout it from the hills of Tynedale;
Haydon Bridge is back on the map again:
It’s Pandemonium,
A world record for a Martin sale;
Paradise Lost is found again:
It’s Pandemonium.

Though the message might seem somewhat cryptic,
The landscape is apocalyptic,
But it’s not the end of the world;
Your stunning vision of it has been hurled,
With your reputation now unfurled
Into newfound prominence.

You’re rich John, well isn’t that real flash?
Are you up in Heaven spending all that cash,
Celebrating with Susan your newfound wealth,
From a winning hand posthumously dealt,
Toasting your good fortune and your health,
While we raise a glass down here?

It’s Pandemonium,
Shout it from the hills of Tynedale;
Haydon Bridge is back on the map again:
It’s Pandemonium,
A world record for a Martin sale,
Paradise Lost has been regained:
It’s Pandemonium.

In the darkness you have dreamed
The images that Milton screamed,
A fitting nightmare you have deemed
To reproduce just as it seemed.

It’s Pandemonium,
Shout it from the hills of Tynedale;
Haydon Bridge is back on the map again:
It’s Pandemonium,
A world record for a Martin sale;
Paradise Lost is found again:
It’s Pandemonium,
Shout it from the hills of Tynedale;
Haydon Bridge is back on the map again:
It’s Pandemonium,
A world record for a Martin sale;
Paradise Lost has been reclaimed:
It’s Pandemonium;
It’s Pandemonium.

(Lyrics & Music: Gary Miller)

credits

from Mad Martins, released October 10, 2017
Gary Miller - Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Iain Petrie - Electric Guitars, Organ, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Drums

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Mad Martins is a unique project by songwriter Gary Miller with poet Keith Armstrong, producer Iain Petrie, & Friends, with artwork by Helen Temperley, featuring original songs, poetry, narration & illustrations depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan & John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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