On Peacock Island

from Not From Above! by Alexander's Festival Hall

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Peacock Island or ‘Pfaueninsel’ lies in the river Havel in Berlin, with a ‘love castle’ built by Friedrich the II for his mistress Wilhelmine Enke. True to the torrid, the castle burnt down, but they’ve built wooden film-set style replacements, which doesn’t have to be a metaphor.

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When we first hit the sea,
Down on the beach there’s an island in reach, where
We could play kings and queens,
If only for moments rowing our dream boat,
So come give your hand to me,
I promised a fable from the toppest of tables,
Just over this tiny sea,
Our fortunes reborn before the break of the dawn
And if you should, care to follow,
I will promise, an end to sorrow…
We’ll share our ambition, to a regal rhythm – on Peacock Island
They’ll herald our mission and our dazzling decision – on Peacock Island

When I first caught your eye,
The display was all feathers, a heart yet untethered,
When you first caught my eye,
I knew in a moment, desire’s atonement
So help me drag, this boat to save us,
We’ll steal away, don’t call the papers…
We’ll share our ambition, to a regal rhythm – on Peacock Island
They’ll herald our mission, and our dazzling decisions – on Peacock Island
We’re refining and honing, this Game of Enthroning – on Peacock Island
The triumph is brewing, in our modern ruin – on Peacock Island
This island’s too big for one, don’t tell me that you’re leaving, Princess
Together is how we’ll become, history’s master and mistress...
… on Peacock Island

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from Not From Above!, released April 25, 2019
Strings and arrangement by Amy May.

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Alexander's Festival Hall London, UK

Alexander's Festival Hall is a sort of English pop confection, a mix of regretful ballads and occasional pop rainbows. New album 'Not From Above!' is both music and book of stories. Twelve lush romantic songs and a collection of darkly comic thought experiments.

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