Fake blood from real wounds

by The Imaginary Suitcase

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On Imaginary Suitcase's term, it's been quite a wait... Almost a year after "The shape of things forsaken", a year devoted to the 20th anniversary & farewell tour of Ceilí Moss, Laurent is here again with another collection of first-class acoustic songs.

With the precious cooperation of long-time soulmate Seesayle, of Formiga & Cigale for arrangements and of Yves Antoine for recording and mixing.

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released October 10, 2015

All words and music by Laurent Leemans except "Matty Groves" and "she's like the swallow" traditional, arr. Laurent Leemans and "Aangaspoeld" words Johan De Waele music Mieke Van Loo.

All vocals and instruments by Laurent Leemans except harp on "demain est un autre jour" and "long live love" by Eva Genniaux, fiddle on "demain est un autre jour" and "long live love" by Anna Amigó, vocals on "long live love" and "she's like the swallow" and fiddle on "she's like the swallow" by Cécile "Seesayle" Gonay.

All tracks recorded & mixed by Laurent Leemans except "run like the devil" and "when I see you" recorded and mixed by Yves Antoine.

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Grumpy Belgian singer-songwriter voicing his considerations about life, death, and the confusing bits inbetween.

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Track Name: Don't. For dignity's sake, don't
Don't tell me you love me, you don't know what you're talking about
You're just parroting cheesy lines picked from memes on Facebook
Don't tell me you care when it's obvious you don't have a clue
You don't know what is good for me, not even what's good for you
There was a time when we could fly
But it is all over now
Where did it go? I just don't know
There was a time when we could fly
And "we" has fled out of sight
Where did it go?
The Devil knows

I don't deny it, I'm sure your wounds are for real
But what gushes out of them is fake as Christmas trees
You move like a lawyer in a second rate US court show
Waving your arms around, they should put a windmill near you
There was a time I would have cried
If you were just out of sight
Where did it go?
Nobody knows
There was a time I would have died
If I had lost you somehow
Where did it go
Don't care anymore

There once was a time, you and I against the world
And we could win, we could have overturned the mountains
There once was a time, love was wider than the sea
Stronger than the smell of all the dead of the earth

But your cries are autotuned and we bot know that it's not your heart
But merely your vanity that's bleeding red & black
I will be the villain and you'll be the pearls before swines
And to seal this bargain, let's have a glass of wine
There was a time I can't remind
Mythical times that felt right
Where did they go?
A story untold
There may be times, they don't feel right
But it won't do to turn the page
Tear it apart
I guess it's love's way
Track Name: Het dorp
Er was niet zoveel om te doen
Toen de stad nog een dorp was
Kleuters op straat in Molenbeek
Ik en twee vrienden
De mensen van Requettelaan
Gewoon glimlachten
Knikten hun hoofden en vroegen:
Wat zijn jullie aan?
Eenvoudige tijden
Zo rustige tijden

Dagen die zachtjes doorliepen
Aan onze kant van de boulevard
De stad leek veel te groot voor ons
En zo heel ver
Op zondag bij de Drug Opera
We hadden een goede tijd
Dan in de Houwaertpark voor uren
We speelden tot we vallen
Voor altijd ingesneden
Het dorp heb ik verlaten

Nu heb ik veel steden gekend
Maar als ik mijn ogen dicht
De roep van de Machtens Stadion
Ontsteekt een oude vuur
Alles hier is nu zo veranderd
Maar liet veel sporen
Ik vraag me af wat er met hen
Al die gezichten
Waar ben je nu?
Jean-Luc, Olivier, waar jullie ooit zijn?
Zou ik je nu herkennen?
Track Name: Demain est un autre jour
Si je t'en disais plus, je serais obligé
de te faire disparaitre ou bien de t'embrasser
en attendant contentons-nous donc d'un regard
et pour le reste eh bien on verra ça plus tard
demain est un autre jour mais ce sera toujours
trop tôt pour ma confession demain est un autre jour
sans qu'on fasse le tour de cette satanée question

j'amerais bien te dire de très jolis mots bleus
qui ouvriraient la porte du palais des cieux
mais si jamais je devais prendre en pleine face
le poids du malentendu ça laisserait des traces
demain est un autre jour peut-être le tour
de plus qu'une conversation demain est un autre jour
ce sera peut-être un four ou peut-être une révélation

toutes les idées folles que j'ai dans la tête
sont encore assez loin d'être tout à fait prêtes
ensuite il faudra trouver le juste moment
la conjonction lunaire, le bon alignement
c'est vrai qu'après tout qu'est-ce que j'ai donc à offrir
qui soit assez tentant pour capter ton sourire?
je ne suis sans doute pas assez vaniteux
pour avoir le cran de te faire mes aveux
demain est un autre jour je te dirai bonjour
on se claquera la bise sans façons demain est un autre jour
un compte à rebours qui n'a pas de conclusion
Track Name: Run like the devil
I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place
When I give in to your embrace
You’d never miss a chance to disappoint
But one day, it’ll be over
You say you want it to be meaningful
Then you make it all resentful
And the crap you say to prove your point
Doesn’t make it any better
Cause you run, fast, like the devil
You care for nothing
Yeah you run, fuck it, like the devil
You care for no one, not even yourself

You can tell by the way I feel
That I’m tired of turning your wheel
Yes, today, I tip my cap and leave
Your mimicry of living
Your double standards have been unmasked
You can’t reply to the questions asked
And as I stand here on the eve
Of freedom, I spread my wings
Cause you run, fast, like the devil
You care for nothing
Yeah you run, fuck it, like the devil
You care for no one, not even yourself

This highway of self-deception
Can only lead to self-destruction
When the end will come you will repent
But no grace will be given
I can hear you whine and complain
Beg for mercy but it’s in vain
This gift you treated with contempt
Won’t care if you feel broken
Cause you run, fast, like the devil
You care for nothing
Yeah you run, fuck it, like the devil
You care for no one, not even yourself
Track Name: When I see you
When I see you I forgive the world its ugliness

When I see you I forgive the lord his thoughtlessness

When I see you I just feel like life’s eternal wheel

Has not been rolling on forever useless

You taught me more than I think I have taught you

You make me wiser than I ever dreamed to

You make my life complete, meaningful and sweet

And whoever brought you down here, I bow to you

If you feel lost and lonely

Turn you head and you will see me

I’ll never be far behind you

Ready to extend a helping hand in case you need me to


When I see you it all fits into the masterplan

I can start to love this world I do not understand

For the light that shines from you is so bright and so true

It makes this junkyard feel like a true homeland

I won’t tell you you’ll never cry

That would be such a shameful lie

But every now and then you’ll feel right

Enough to justify the moon the earth and stars in the sky.



Track Name: It's not you, it's me
Every single man likes to think he’s God’s masterpiece
But they’re all mistaken ‘cause it’s pretty clear that I am
They all do their best to pretend they haven’t noticed
And I understand It must be tough to live as a scam

Does this world deserve me?
What would it be without me?
I shiver at the thought
Does this world deserve me?
What would it be without me?
But the world doesn’t seems to know
And seems to even less care…

I’m a living proof that genius can go to waste
And when I’ll be dead proof "Qualis artifex pereo!"
The cattle swallows any crap that goes barefaced
And ignores my wisdom Yes, squandering is the law

Does this world deserve me?
What would it be without me?
I shiver at the thought
Does this world deserve me?
What would it be without me?
Well, the world doesn’t seems to know
And seems to even less care…

If I had a dollar each time I deluded myself
I’m not saying I’d be richer than Bill Gates
But I could invite you in a fancy restaurant
And leave a generous tip on the plate

Here I am again, high on wishful thinking
But the fall will be brief, I look forward to the landing

The world didn’t need me
Will carry on without me
Well too bad for them all
The world didn’t need me
Will carry on without me
Well, nevermind
Track Name: Long live love
Down by the water
My love and I did weep
For to some, the sight of lovers
Holding hands is evil indeed

Oh, this is no place for us
For hearts who wish nothing more
Than to beat at the same pulse
It seems we make people sore

Long live love
Godsend from above
Long live you
We were beautiful, naked and true

What did we do wrong?
I thought about it time and again
Why a hatred so strong?
Why are you so eager to maim?

Did we take anything from you?
Did we bring sorrow and pain?
Have we brought the storm and the rain?
We simply did not do what we were expected to

Long live love

Down by the water
We took a long last kiss
And the motherly arms of the river
Took us to a place of bliss.
Track Name: Half of heaven
Will you paint your face and dance for me
You know just what I want
Will you do what it takes to please me
With no hassle or rant
You were born to be my pride and joy
I was born to take you home
You are my prize to enjoy
I know how to handle a storm
But one half of heaven's insane
The other half is taking the blame
One half of heaven's gone mad
The other one has no choice and that's just mad

I know you work so hard honey
But that is no excuse
If you don't satisfy me
Tell me what is your use?
This whining has to stop
It really stings my nerves
You kill my patience by the drop
Don't ask me why it hurts
But one half of heaven's insane
The other half is taking the blame
One half of heaven's gone mad
The other one has no choice and that's just mad

One half of heaven's insane
The other half is taking the blame
One half of heaven's gone mad
The other one has no choice and that's just mad
One half of heaven won't listen
To the cries of the unforgiven
But water always finds a road
And shatters even the hardest stone
Track Name: Mary
Mary, do you think of me sometimes, I wonder if you do
‘Cause you have been a regular guest in my mind for the last month or two
I know I shouldn’t think of you this way, I’m not supposed to
But I don’t care what other people say, I wanna get lost within you
Mary do I star into your dreams, cause you haunt most of mine
I’m scared of heights when you smile at me, it sends me flying so high

I’m devising a masterplan to attract your attention to me
I thought of many tricks to lure your gaze and lock it carefully
But like a Junior Malanda of sorts I flunk when I should pull the hook
And prince charming turns into a sod blurting gobbledygook
Finding solace in the knowledge I’m closer and closer everyday
I know eventually I will succeed, have you in my sway


One day I will muster the courage to tell you about my feelings
But if my luck holds as it usually does, I will find you kissing
That tall handsome and funny guy you met two days before
And I will curse myself for being too cautious, god’s clown once more
Well-mannered as I am I’ll resist the urge to kneecap the f*** bastard
But the one I will truly hate is myself, the goofy retard
Track Name: Aangespoeld
Van ver over ’t woater was ze gekommen
Ze was gevlucht voe kogels en bommen
Ze droomde van ier e nieuw leevn ip te bouwn
Voe te kun zien gelik d’andere vrouwn

Ze wist in ’t begun van toeten noch bloazen
Ze wist an gin kanten woarin of woarut
Ze wier bekeken lik ièn van die dwoazen
Ze wier bedrogen en utgebut

Ze was nog e kiend, nog nie hièl volwassen
’t was hemelste moeilik voer eur an te passen
De toal de manieren, gewentes en zeden
Zee veel in eur bedje geschrièmd en gebeden

Mor ip z kiè zat z’e liedje te ziengen
Over de liefde en al van die diengen
En al de mensen die hadden gelusterd
Woaren direkt an eur lippen geklusterd

Ze wiern betoverd deur die schoane gezangen
Ze wiern deur die prachtige stemme gevangen
’t was e boekee van zuvere klanken
Der woaren der bie die begosten te janken

Ze vergoaten de kleur van da meistje eur vel
Eur toale verstoenden ze plotseling wel
Ze zoagn eur nu geren gelik da ze was
Ook al was ze van een ander ras

Voer al de mensen die ‘t verhoal en goard
En under ooit an een ander gestoard,
Gift al de mensen roend junder de keure
Opent voer iederièn junder deure.