FIEND - The Atlantic Demos, New York City 1993​-​94

by Diana Rosalind Trimble

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released December 31, 1994

Photo: by Kim Fielding of me on the roof of the flat on Rivington Street in the lower East side in 1993.

This band was formed in New York City where we met the Stone Temple Pilots who helped us to get a deal with Atlantic Records. We then moved to Los Angeles.

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Diana Rosalind Trimble New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I continued to sing and write in experimental performance ensembles that remain important in the history of the 80s & 90s Bay Area arts scene, followed by one decade of tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC (read Little Tiger on here), then another in Europe, always making records of collabs along the way! ... more

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Track Name: New Lamps For Old
The sky burned
My hair flew to the East
Fire-webs sprang from my fingertips
Weaving tales in which better worlds come into being
The circle is cast
We have parted the veil
Stepped into the centre of the whirling within
Connected directions
We are gathering strength

Breathe....breathe...
Cry for the soul with the passion of thieves
Live...live....
Remember...remember
Ask for the impossible
Trusting yourself you listened
Believing yourself you asked
Wanting to know
You found that you knew
Feeling lost and looking about
You found you found
You

Energy rises
Strong and dark as night
Sacred word comes out of earth
The music that heals and destroys as is needed
Tear it all down
New lamps for old
We have nothing to fear
Though we may lose our lives
Something is happening
We're gathering strength

Breathe....breathe
Cry for the soul with the passion of thieves
Live...live
Remember

Oh but I'm fast
Hey but I'm still
Hey yeah but I'm free
Lost and found and here and now
The music is pouring
Right through me yeah

Breathe....breathe...
Cry for the soul with the passion of thieves
Live...live....
Remember...remember
Ask for the impossible
Trusting yourself you listened
Believing yourself you asked
Wanting to know
You found that you knew
Feeling lost and looking about
You found you found you found
You
Found
Track Name: Nod
She stopped
For a minute
White as October
We all thought
She might never come back
Thought that she had cashed out or crossed over
Her quiet lips
Looked quite finished
Had she forgotten how to speak?
How to breathe?

We pulled her through water
Like to baptise her
We all thought
She might come out the other side
Changed by the dream of the diver
Her silent wish
Undiminished
Had she forgotten how to pray?
How to be?

Easily
Easily

She flew around the room
Once or twice
Saying
"isn't it nice
to be in this other other other
space!"
And when she crashed in my lap
Doll-eyes blinking
Straight up I sat
A cold breath down my back
Clasping cold hands
Glad she was back

Or did I wish I was gone
That easily
Easily
Be no more
Be no more

She stopped
For a minute
White as October
We all thought
She might never come back
Thought she had cashed out or crossed over
Her quiet lips
Looked quite finished
Had she forgotten how to speak?
How to breathe?

Easily
Easily

Slip away
Be no more
Slip away

Easily
Track Name: Sri Lanka 8850
Changeling daughter
Screaming at the paintings she made
Throws a cloth over her head
Invisible now...
She cannot see me
Tight as teeth her eyes are clenched
A tangled brackish thatch
Begins its spread
Reluctant enemies are we
On either side of a silence
Heavier than lead

You say I cannot
So I will
Indeed I think I must
Speak the words from my heart
But can I regain your trust?
You are not listening!
Rewinding through your pain

Sri Lanka 8850
Which way the train?
Which way the train?

The trees in their vast windy sorrow
Are shouting
In whispers
They are trying to tell us something
Hush!
Halt your fast speech
You are not listening!
I am trying to tell you something

You say I cannot
So I will
Indeed I think I must
Speak the words from my heart
But can I regain your trust?
I've wished that I was dead
And on the tracks I've lain

Sri Lanka 8850
Which way the train?
Which way the train?

Lost in the foreign land of you
On every side a fence
You're trying to get through to me
I'm trying to hear your sense
What language do you speak?
What truth do you contain?
Are you coming?
Are you going?
Have we anything to gain?

You say I cannot
So I will
Indeed I think I must
Speak the words from my heart
But can I regain your trust?
You are not listening!
Rewinding through your pain

Sri Lanka 8850
Which way the train?
Which way the train?
Which way the train?

I am waiting I am waiting
Ear against the ground

I am waiting I am waiting
Ear against the ground
Which way the train?