All Art Is Worthless

by Andrew Eaton-Lewis

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I’m fighting against nature and nature is winning And that’s as it should be, not some hollow victory So I’ll be back next year to slaughter your children These are the thoughts that go through my head as I’m pulling ragwort on the sabbath I’m spending my weekdays putting down roots And spending my weekends tearing them up again I see you, old neighbour, gossiping and judging All I’m uprooting and nothing I’m planting These are the thoughts that go through my head as I’m pulling ragwort on the sabbath I fell into a century long sleep And woke up at the top of the world Found a road that leads everywhere and nowhere at once Where the sea and the sky are a sucker punch I tried to leave myself in the city But the fucker followed me to Stornoway I dumped him in a shieling but he’s stubbornly alive I still lose days to email while my kids make knives They are something I am not I am not yet quite sure what But it gives me hope These are the thoughts that go through my head as I’m pulling ragwort on the sabbath It might sound like defiance but I’m often on your side Some weeks it’s the only day I feel alive In this madness This sadness This not completing anything and not allowed to stop The constant pulling up of roots while never planting crops I am a murderer Wanting something to survive On the sabbath.
All art is worthless Except for that fact that It makes life bearable If you lose your compass You will not find it Inside a shopping mall. Classical poetry Digital content Flowers at the funeral After the pub Before the storm A glass that’s half full The comfort of darkness The kindness of crowds A word that reminds you Of your sixteenth birthday The boy who broke your heart The meaning of life The song that you sing when you don’t trust the government The keening lament when they win And everything in between I’ve only trod lightly Left a faint footprint But it’s all that I can do All art is worthless Except for the fact that Nothing else gets you through.


A new EP recorded at Wee Studio in Stornoway.

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released September 28, 2020

All songs by Andrew Eaton-Lewis except Sad Country Boy, which is a 'reimagining' of Country Boy by Peat and Diesel.
Produced by Keith Morrison.


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Andrew Eaton-Lewis Scotland, UK

'The Aphex Twin of piano balladry.' The Guardian

'Like minimalist classical composers working on adventurous ballads for REM.' The Herald.

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