EARTHED (BOOK) (1987)
Book Front Cover
Book Back Cover
CD Booklet Front Cover
This book of prose poetry was released in conjunction with his instrumental solo album of the same name.
- Paperback - ISBN: 0-7316-0040-1, 210mm x 150mm, 69 pages (Australia) May 25, 1987 - Limited Edition of 2,000 (Press Release)
- CD Booklet - 136mm x 118mm, 65 pages (Canada) - packaged with Earthed RCD 90043 (USA, Canada)
The fine print on the back cover of the book (inside front cover of CD booklet):
"THE MAGIC IS FADING FROM THIS WORLD. LOGIC AND
RULES REPLACE THE SPELLS. THE GIANTS ARE GONE. THE
ELOHIM NO LONGER LOOK OVER ME AND I FEEL THE
METALLIC COLDNESS IN THE BREATH OF MY CHILDREN. I
SIT IN BED AND EAT MELTED CHOCOLATE AS THE SUN
GOES DOWN IN THE EAST. THE EARTH IS THIRSTY FOR
LOVE BUT OUR GREEDY FINGERS BRUISE HER SOFT SKIN.
OUR WHISPERS ARE ABRASIVE. NOISE DROWNS SOUND."
The first book from The Church's singer, songwriter and bass guitarist picks up
the loose threads of myth, legend, dream, non-sequitur, science fiction,
automatic writing and the occasional punctuation error, and sews together a
veritable exquisite corpse of nonsensical wisdom and arcane symmetry. It's a
story within a story without a story; a buried plot with plenty of red herrings,
split infinitives and easy-to-follow anti-revelations, haunted throughout by your
favourite arch-spy, Rudolf "Just Add Water" Neuman.
Also available, "EarthedThe Record" (RED LP2).
An album of music which could be seen to be instrumental to the reading of the
book, released through Redeye Records.