One Hand On The Night

by Marc Farre

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Chazaloo I love how Marc's voice and words burrow into my ear/brain/heart, and the dark, brooding textures and rhythms of the bass and drums, the guitar and banjo. Favorite track: One Hand on the Night.
A Waterfall 04:03
turn off the light come greet the night come meet the things that hide a photograph a winding path a song that pulls inside you walk alone through fields of stone through lives and loves and days and tired eyes and suicides as long as you can stay I wanted you you want me too I see what’s in the way a waterfall cuts through it all try not to wash away into the flow waving as you go love love love love… a silent sky a song and I— there’s something we can’t see a secret light cuts through the night and drilling right through me like the moon bleeds into this room love love love love me too all in a dream pull out the seams love love love love love turn off the light turn off the light turn off the light
Qui ne s'est jamais laissé enchaîner Ne saura jamais ce qu'est la liberté Moi oui je le sais Je suis un évadé Faut-il pour voir un jour un ciel tout bleu Supporter un ciel noir trois jours sur deux Je l'ai supporté Je suis un évadé Faut-il vraiment se laisser emprisonner Pour connaître le prix de la liberté Moi je le connais Je suis un évadé Est-il nécessaire de perdre la vue Pour espérer des soleils disparus Je les vois briller Je suis un évadé Qui ne s'est jamais laissé enchaîner Ne saura jamais ce qu'est la liberté Moi oui je le sais Je suis un évadé Je suis un évadé
the road the signs on the road the words on the signs on the road the lights on the words on the signs on the road the cars and the lights on the words on the signs on the road driving home late across the state thinking of you one hand on my heart one hand on the wheel one hand on the dial one hand on the night driving home late across the state the window’s open it’s very late thinking of you and the filling station man looks like a friend you used to know you thought he was dead years ago dead like a thing on the road driving home late across the state thinking of you thinking of you
Je te frapperai sans colère
 Et sans haine, comme un boucher, Comme Moïse le rocher
 Et je ferai de ta paupière Pour abreuver mon Sahara
 Jaillir les eaux de la souffrance Sur tes pleurs salés nagera Mon désir gonflé d'espérance Comme un vaisseau qui prend le large Et dans mon cœur qu'ils souleront
 Tes chers sanglots retentiront
 Comme un tambour qui bat la charge! Elle est dans ma voix, la criarde! C'est tout mon sang ce poison noir! Je suis, je suis le sinistre miroir
 Où la mégère se regarde Je suis la plaie et le couteau!
 Je suis le soufflet et la joue!
 Je suis les membres je suis la roue Et la victime et le bourreau! Et ma victime et mon bourreau


Fresh and seemingly in his own world, Marc Farre writes dark, poetically understated songs delivered in a penetrating baritone, occasionally singing in fluent French. (He offers fiery interpretations of Gainsbourg and Baudelaire, among his own lyrics.)

Farre’s latest offering, ONE HAND ON THE NIGHT, distills the essence of his style and digs deep into a kind of a transcendent, primeval beat.

Marc Farre’s music carries a European, art-house feel — an enigmatic ambience well paired with the rhythms and magnetic melodies that seem to flow naturally from him. His voice, like his lyrics, is deep, intimate, and intensely compelling.

While Farre’s past association with 20th-century giants Merce Cunningham and John Cage continues to drive his creative vision toward the new, it is his visceral, open-hearted singing that really carries you out onto a tightrope — and leaves you there.


released November 11, 2010

A large number of incredibly gifted artists worked on this CD. For details of who did what where, click on the individual song!


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Marc Farre Sebastopol, California

“In the company of European-influenced musicians like Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Nick Cave. A throaty voice, highly poetic lyrics and a kinetic band behind him. Compelling.”

— William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide


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