The Paint and The Pain

by Gary Miller

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Free sample track from the forthcoming 'Mad Martins' triple CD, which depicts, through a cycle of songs, poems and spoken word, the extraordinary lives and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William (self-styled "Philosophical Conquerer of All Nations"), Jonathan ("notorious incendiary of York Minster") and John (famous New Romantic painter), who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. This song tells the true story of painter John Martin from Haydon Bridge, Northumberland through the eyes of his long-suffering wife Susan.

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THE PAINT AND THE PAIN

Artists’ hands were yours from birth
Oh the paint and the pain
From East Land Ends to the ends of the earth
Oh the mad and the sane
And though you made your name
Oh the bitter fame

Storms on your canvas reflecting our lives
Oh the paint and the pain
Sacrifice plunders; creativity strives
Oh the mad and the sane
And oh the cruel cost
As I read to you from Paradise Lost

To be the one to bear your heart
Through thick paint and thin
Not for me but for your art
Your passion all-aflame
Burning paint and pain

Upside down they nailed your art
Oh the paint and the pain
Crucified your bleeding heart
Oh the mad and the sane
Your draughtsman’s plans which came to nought
So many dreams so dearly bought

Three children buried in their graves
Oh the paint and the pain
Lost beneath life’s cruel waves
Oh the mad and the sane
And through those hungry years
I tasted paint through bitter tears

To be the one to bear your heart
Through thick paint and thin
Not for me but for your art
Your passion all-aflame
Burning paint and pain

Forty-five years
I shared your visions and your schemes
Forty-five years
Fighting for your dreams

Now you’re gone there’s nothing left
Oh the paint and the pain
No princely gift or godly rest
Oh the mad and the sane
To place you now among the greats
Then mine was a humble fate

To have been the one to play her part
Through thick paint and thin
To have been the one to break her heart
All for the mad and the sane
And the paint and the pain

Oh the paint and the pain

The Paint and the pain

(Gary Miller)

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released September 15, 2013

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Mad Martins England, UK

'Mad Martins' is a unique project by poet Keith Armstrong and songwriter Gary Miller featuring original songs, poetry and spoken word narration depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan and John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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