The Ides Of May

from by Paul Liddell



The Ides Of May

My feet passed under a greying sky
I felt out of place in a town not mine
When sudden yellow lights flickered into life
Testing the strength of my stretched out shadow
There in the fading light as I was passing by
I caught the eye of a dark haired woman
We talked a little while, she gave a nervous smile
She asked if I would come inside

Time and trinkets adorned her walls
There was a tiny boy on a plastic horse
And a black and white photograph in pride of place
Of a pretty lady and a tall dark man
She was dressed in velvet and black silk
And I must admit that I felt uneasy
And as I looked towards the door she laughed and said
Boy don’t you even think about leaving

She Said

Beware the ides of May, they will haunt you. Always.

I asked her what she meant, and she said
There are things I cannot explain
In any written language, yet still
You should listen to my claim
Beware the ides of May
And if you sleep with that thought, sleep with it under your pillow
You may yet escape your fate
If you listen when I say

Beware the ides of May, they will haunt you. Always.

I didn’t know what to believe
I took the thought out to the street
She said 2The next time that we meet
You can give it back to me”

Beware the ides of May.


from Giant Steps - Single, released May 12, 2014
Paul Liddell - all instruments and vocals


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Paul Liddell Sunderland, UK

Paul's modern take on the 'one man band' using live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects has seen him support artists such as Turin Brakes, Jon Gomm and Billy Bragg. A diverse and challenging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket. ... more

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