“These lyrics are from a song by a Belgian singer, Julos Beaucarne. He wrote this 30 years ago.”
Photographer’s notes: There are songs that simply resonate. I have a few. “Mercy, Mercy me”; “Heard It On the Grapevine”.
And I swear, I did not remember Marvin Gaye wrote both as I penned this.
At the Revolution Gigantische Fiets Parade, I immediately fell in like with this bike, rider and banner., The message that has been known and said again and again – and ignored.
Decades later, the voice seems unique, original – instead it is a well proven statement. It has simply found its audience.
I have done the typical YouTube searches an can only find “video removed” links to the Julos Beaucarne video.
Listen to the song via Spotify here…
“Mercy, Mercy Me” was written by Marvin Gaye in 1971 Marvin Gaye version (1971) … link here…
My favourite rework is by Robert Palmer in 1991. Link here…
There is a part of me that wants to prattle on about music and what was/is important. The influence of John Lee Hooker and the BB King, for me the two greatest blues singers of this generation, of any generation – and both now passed.
Or Jimmy Scott, a voice that mesmerises.
This is not my only interest. I can play Blondie at volume, adore the sound of Jussi Bjorling singing the Pearl Fishers Duet (link here….), can drink to the sound of Figgy Duff. Blondie was part of my youth, Bjorling was the first opera singer CD I ever purchased – from a barrow salesman near Covent Garden. Figgy Duff is simply the best folk music ever.
But music, like smells, belongs to your memory. It can bring back ideas, thoughts, dreams, better than words.
It was nice to see a Belgian voice, three decades old, present at the Velorution Parade.