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  • I've been playing TED for nearly a decade,

  • and I've very rarely played

  • any new songs of my own.

  • And that was largely because there weren't any.

  • (Laughter)

  • So I've been busy with a couple of projects,

  • and one of them was this:

  • The Nutmeg.

  • A 1930s ship's lifeboat,

  • which I've been restoring in the garden

  • of my beach house in England.

  • And, so now,

  • when the polar ice caps melt,

  • my recording studio will rise up like an ark,

  • and I'll float off into the drowned world

  • like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.

  • During the day,

  • the Nutmeg collects energy

  • from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,

  • and from a 450 watt turbine

  • up the mast.

  • So that when it gets dark,

  • I've got plenty of power.

  • And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.

  • And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,

  • and I work on new songs.

  • I'd like to play to you guys,

  • if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.

  • (Applause)

  • It's about Billie Holiday.

  • And it appears that,

  • some night in 1947

  • she left her physical space

  • and was missing all night,

  • until she reappeared in the morning.

  • But I know where she was.

  • She was with me on my lifeboat.

  • And she was hot.

  • (Music)

  • Billie crept softly

  • into my waking arms

  • warm like a sip of sour mash

  • Strange fruit for

  • ♫ a sweet hunk of trash

  • Panic at the stage door

  • of Carnegie Hall

  • ♫ "Famous Jazz Singer Gone AWOL" ♫

  • Must have left the building

  • body and soul

  • On a creaky

  • piano stool tonight

  • as the moon is my

  • only witness

  • She was breathing

  • in my ear

  • ♫ "This time it's love" ♫

  • But love is a loaded pistol

  • By daybreak she's gone

  • Over the frozen river, home

  • Me and Johnny Walker

  • See in the new age

  • alone

  • Stay with me

  • again tonight

  • Billie, time, ♫

  • time is a wily trickster

  • Still an echo

  • in my heart says, ♫

  • ♫ "This time it's love" ♫

  • (Applause)

I've been playing TED for nearly a decade,

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【TED】Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol" (Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol")

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    Zenn posted on 2017/11/27
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