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Hiding Time

from Sidhe by And Tears Fell

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This track, recorded during the Sidhe sessions, features a collaboration between Todd Downing and former Doktor Caligari bandmate Paul Howard. In a rare swap, Paul wrote the lyrics and Todd composed the music, drawing on a Gary Numan darkwave vibe. The song references the deficient state of care in American mental hospitals and was never released officially.

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Hiding Time
(P. Howard / T. Downing

It's lunchtime here
But I'm feeling rather ill
Though I'm labeled schizophrenic
I'm easily cured with pills

Is today the first of May?
I wonder why I think at all
They say they'll do it for me
And they're just down the hall

Here they come
It's hiding time at the institution
Here they come
Telling me it's bad evolution
Here they come
Pushing into my little world
Here I go
It's hiding time at the institution

Well Thorazine and who's-his-what's-his-name
Have me on a list
Of course I've no idea why
A lobotomy'd be quite a twist

They're here, they're coming, I know their footsteps
Heard them so many times before
I'll just pull myself into my jumper
And sink into my padded floor

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from Sidhe, released November 20, 1989
Todd Downing - rhythms, keyboards, vocals
Paul Howard - guitars

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And Tears Fell Seattle, Washington

And Tears Fell was an eclectic art-rock recording project founded by Todd & Samantha Downing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. Twenty years, a move to Seattle and five albums later, Todd put the project to bed for good. The REQUIEM album is a tribute to Samantha, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. ... more

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