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David Baerwald - Triage

 

CD Cover

 
   
 Track listing
   
1 - A Secret Silken World
2 - The Got No Shotgun Hydrahead Octopus Blues
3 - Nobody
4 - The Waiter
5 - AIDS & Armageddon
6 - The Postman
7 - A Bitter Tree
8 - China Lake
9 - A Brand New Morning
10 - Born For Love


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 Recording Information
 
David's second solo CD. Released on October, 6 1992 on A&M Records. The CD was produced by David along with Bill Bottrell and Dan Schwartz.


     

 

A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by messybear on 9/26/2011
stay gold, ...
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by jeff_wells on 1/7/2011
I believe it's absolutely brilliant, and I dream that Baerwald's an artist that will continue to make music as a singer songwriter.
And that soon we will get his next phase of the times. "Born for Love" is so accessible is because Baerwald lays it all out there, and what is breathed on this track is very touching and opaquely human.
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by messybear on 8/26/2010
This track means a lot. A whole lot.
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by travis danser on 2/21/2010
I am trying to listen to it and signed up for this to listen to it and it doesn't seem to be here. Can you explain that?
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by snappy69 on 10/11/2009
Love it! Haunting sound... really good mood setter.
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by adaneshmand on 8/25/2009
i can't listen to this song anywhere. WHere can I?
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by killab63 on 6/2/2009
Love it!
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by guylaine on 4/6/2009
all time favourite
A review of Triage posted by greasypig0 on 4/5/2009
Strange,exotic,haunting and all together great album. I particularly like the power tools used in percussion.
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by Isis on 8/26/2008
Amazing!
A review of A Brand New Morning from Triage posted by messybear on 7/27/2008
liberty
A review of The Waiter from Triage posted by fido2001 on 3/29/2008
very good...
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by pandeo.mondeo on 3/7/2008
oh, yes!
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by laberna2 on 2/18/2008
very good
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by erikjoplin on 1/2/2008
love it
A review of The Got No Shotgun Hydrahead Octopus Blues from Triage posted by Jpatthagg on 12/24/2007
The song is brilliant and it's frightening to note that 15 years after its release the hyrdahead is stepping from the shadows into the spot light. Compare this song to Ministry's New World Order.
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by joshuadarrin on 11/26/2007
Love it
A review of Triage posted by rsytsma116 on 9/19/2007
I had started to listen to David & David back when I was teenager....Heard "Welcome to the Boomtown", which made me by the first cd. After a while I did some research and found that David Baerwald(part of David & David) had other music out there. Which prompted me to buy "Bedtime Stories" I loved it.....When "Triage" came out I bought that as well and at first was not crazy about it....But after a while I decided to give it another chance and now I really love this CD "Secret Silken World" and "Born for Love" are some of my favorites. I still listen to all of his music I own...have not been able to find anything else from his library, and I would really love to explore some of his other music...I highly recomend giving this cd a chance as I think you will enjoy it.
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Heretik on 8/11/2007
I took a ride with a sadist on a Saturday night
His teeth were like diamonds in the dashboard light
He knew a place nearby; we took a right at the light
And I smiled because I'd never ever been there

He said "When I was your age I was a millionaire.
In those world days of woodstock I was there
It's such a drag about the forest; such a shame about the air
But when I was your age I was a millionaire."

Don't you love this kind of lazy kind of night
Don't you love it with a stranger when time is tight
DOn't you love a little struggle, don't you love a little fight
Don't you feel like the devil on a blue moon night
On a lazy kind of night

The seats of his car were like a woman's skin
Made me think about all those places I've been
It made me understand marriage and the nature of sin
I leaned back and I listened to the music

He said, "things would go better if you'd be my friend.
You don't have to like all the means to your end
I don't want to boast; I don't mean to offend
But things would go better if you'd be my friend."

Don't you love this kind of lazy kind of night
Don't you love it with a stranger when time is tight
DOn't you love a little struggle, don't you love a little fight
Don't you feel like the devil on a blue moon night
On a lazy kind of night

There's a secret silken world of sex and submission
Of vodka and handcuffs and acts of contrition
Your enemies succumb and the ladies all listen
To the tales of your woes and your secret ambitions
And your hopes and your dreams and your pain and your perdition
In your secret silken world of sex and submission

She looked more like a plate then a scared little girl
Her pupils were pinpoints as he fingered her pearls
It was crossing my mind to maybe give it a whirl
Until I noticed her fingers were trembling

She said, "I've never liked boys, I much prefer men."
She must have liked the way it sounded cause she said it again
The car headed north up Beverly Glen
I was taken by surprise with nausea

Don't you love this kind of lazy kind of night
Don't you love to hurt the weak when they refuse to fight
When there's no need to be judgemental; no need to be polite
All you need to know is that might equals right
On a lazy kind of night

spoken:
I see my own reflection
There's no escape
Do you think it's wrong?
Do you think it's wrong to love your own reflection?
All those hungry people
It's such a drag
Let's get something to eat



On a lazy kind of night
On a lazy kind of night
A lazy kind of night
Don't you love to hurt the weak
On a lazy kind of night
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Heretik on 8/11/2007
Don't you love this kind of lazy kind of night
Don't you love it with a stranger when time is tight
DOn't you love a little struggle, don't you love a little fight
Don't you feel like the devil on a blue moon night
On a lazy kind of night
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by bolt1024 on 7/7/2007
I was looking for the lyrics of this song (i have the cd somewhere, with all the lyrics inside).

I would like to sing this song to my son. I think i am going to upset the house to find that. The access of lyrics should be free.

I really love this song.
I am really fond of music. I sing and play guitar in a band. Half of song we play are mine. I say that in order to describe me a little, and to explain why i think i can juge, a little, songs. I can say if it's good or bad. I can say a song is good, even if i don't really like it. That's like that nowadays for Mika. I think it's good music, but I don't really like it.

So I can say that I am crazy of this song. I find it really excellent, well done and all. I really like the opposite between the lyrics which are nearly spoken, and the the lyrics which are nearly shouted or cried. A lot of emotion in this song. When I sing it (now i don't remember all the lyrics, but i should now all) often only for me, i have to think about nothing at the same time. If i think of what i am saying, singing, nearly the chorus i can't continue to sing because i am stopped by cries.

...
bolt1024
Living in France

(I like America like all french people,
I really don't like G.W.B. like nearly everybody in the world!)

A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by philip on 1/22/2007
Heard it on a soundtrack
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by QueenJoJo19 on 6/23/2006
I absolutely love A Bitter Tree, but it's not available for download on iTunes. :(
A review of Triage posted by deep throat on 6/17/2006
God, first heard this CD back in 92 when I was studying Political Science at Uni. Needless to say, it asisted in influencing my current skeptical viewpoint on politics and all that goes with it.

That aside, this album is awesome. A favorite I can't do without and one I'l recommend to others consistently.

You can make what you want out of the lyrics - depending on your bent - but the overriding message in Baerwalds cycnicism is clear. I've read that the intent of the album is linear in its content - leading the listener to follow the subject from innocence to desolation to love. After reading that, the album made sense in it's entirety as I was always a little confused as to the jumbled arrangement and the Born to Love track at the end.

When put into context of the Bush administration and the national suspicion of government conspiracy (X-Files was another
enditement) the album is an accurate record of the feelings of the person on the street.
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Toctoc on 7/20/2005
Triage is one of my all time favorite albums.
A review of Triage posted by WCCalvert on 4/3/2005
When I first listened to Triage all the way through I wasn't so sure about it. I had really been hooked from my first listen to David and David and Bedtime Stories, so Triage took me by surprise. I finally got over my initial shock and couldn't get over it's brilliance both musically and lyrically. It makes the listener actually have to think. What an excellent album!
A review of Triage posted by Anonymous on 11/24/2004
Plain and simple, my music library contains nearly 1000 CDs and this album is in the top 3. David Baerwald is timeless!
A review of Triage posted by Vt Will on 2/13/2004
On the whole, a very good album with several great songs. An all-time top ten in my book because of many of the lyrics and the sound scapes. Thanks David.

PS I paid full retail for New Folk Unground!
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by Chris on 11/7/2003
One of the struggles that both artists and audiences face is lyric interpretation. At least I think so. I'm forever wondering and pondering the flint against which a lyrical spark is struck. And sometimes, I feel guilty for making a song my own, so to speak.
But such it is with this song, "A Bitter Tree."
The first time I listened to "Triage," I was ecstatic. I thought it was a brilliant album. Paranoid and noisy, and full of ideas. But by the time "A Bitter Tree" had come and gone, I was stock still, nearly quivering with emotion. A lot of what David had just sung started to bounce around inside of me, making contact with various synapses of memory and unleashing a rapid series of flashbacks, returning me to an occasion when I was much younger that was very similar to the song's lyrics.
Just thinking about the song and that instance have me shivering with goosebumps.
It's a fantastic song, and it never fails to fill me with a mix of sadness, joy and nostalgia. Thank you for writing it, David. And I hope you don't mind the artistic license that I've taken to forever keep this song my own, and hidden deep within my soul.
A review of The Got No Shotgun Hydrahead Octopus Blues from Triage posted by Swirled on 10/29/2003
This is an old thing I recorded off the radio and could not find for the longest time. Finally I am able to say thanks... "thanks"... for the "The Got No Shotgun HydraHead Octopus Blues" what a sturdy rock'n roll smash. Not to mention the lyrics that bravely go where not too many go!

Peace:
Duane
www.DuaneSwirled.com
A review of A Brand New Morning from Triage posted by Robert on 6/9/2003
This is truly a song of hope. The canvas is painted with brush strokes of morning, dogs and such. Gets me rolling along with optimism.

Robert
A review of China Lake from Triage posted by Robert on 6/9/2003
At the grand canyon...on Heron lake..my buddy thought it was John Denver. This song will always be associated in my mind with a big trip to New Mexico and Arizona back in 2000. I was a late bloomer to the talents of Baerwald but that was the time that the hook was in. Beautiful song with so much meaning and melody.

The crippled all were dancing
and the blind they all could see....

Classic.

Robert
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by syncronspiracy on 5/31/2003
plagarizing the lyrics to born for love usually gets me laid. i'm drunk too
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by Lily on 5/31/2003
I think it s great!! Now, just tell me where can I buy it? Has anyone ever told you that you look like Jimmie Rodgers...(meant as a compliment)
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by Dan on 3/18/2003
I change my favorite from this album quite often. Right now this is the one. David's version of this track in the Triage short film is simply stunning. David, laid out bare with only a guitar while a firing squad does their business in the background - how could you not like that. I also love the long fade at the end...a perfect ending (or non-ending) for Triage.
A review of A Bitter Tree from Triage posted by PatBrown on 3/15/2003
In the early rehersal days of the NFU pre-tour David played this song in every set. Originally when I bought Triage back in 1993 I hated the album. In fact I pitched it out the window going from Austin to San Antonio. I was thinking he was coming out with Bedtime Stories 2 and I was in shock. One particular night he played this song and it finally struck a cord. Bukka handled the keys in subdued fashion but David's guitar and voice emotion were in full swing and I realized what a great song it is. I would love to hear what the story behind it was. I remember it written somewhere that his friend John O'Brien used parts of the lyrics in conversations with David. Now it appears that this song will at long last be part of a movie (Runaway Jury). In music only or with Lyrics? At any rate it should be an interesting version. Maybe this movie thing will be interesting after all :):)
A review of The Postman from Triage posted by Freeman Carmack on 2/18/2003
The atmosphere on this one spooked (sorry) me from the very first. The sound of the helicopter,the introduction by the sergeant-at-arms announcing the prez, the sound of a Jim Jones speech, an excerpt from an interview on Jonesville and mind control experiments, then that haunting line that David intones......"There's just too
many people in the world," first with a degree of smugness, then with a voice of fear, realizing
the import of the phrase.

"Rivers of blood, sir, in a sunny foreign clime." Could anything be more prophetic?

As the song fades off into the distance, you hear the helicopter again, and the sound of
Bush Senior, "I'm not just in the on the deck circle, I'm at the plate."

Boy is he ever !
A review of AIDS & Armageddon from Triage posted by Kravitz on 2/7/2003
This song continues to blow me away every time I listen to it. The guitar work is spectacular and the lyrics are simply brilliant, and it has forever changed the way I say "ba-by".

I quote lines from this all the time. "I dream assassination, I hallucinate cash", "they talk about Gandhi and go looking for some whores", but the line "our love affair ended the day she tried to kill me" could be my favorite of any. It's funny and light in it's simplicity, yet sad and dark in it's complexity.

The song appears in a much different form on the Live @ The Bottom Line disc, which predates Triage by a couple years, as well as being covered by Fishbone as a rap song (with DB on guitar).
A review of Nobody from Triage posted by Leeroi on 2/6/2003
This song is fun to play...I mean, you can play this track, and 'hawaiian nose hum' it and it sounds brilliant…
A review of The Got No Shotgun Hydrahead Octopus Blues from Triage posted by Dan Lindley on 2/5/2003
Somehow the perfect followup to 'Secret Silken World' even though other worldly. A jarring revelation. My 16 year old son loves this one...as do I.
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Dan Lindley on 2/5/2003
Amazing piece. Seductive is the perfect description. This was the album that got me seriously into David's music, and this one track floored me. I don't know how many times I've listened to this one. I think I had Triage on steady rotation for about 3 or 4 months when I first got it. This is a classic, right up there with (dare I say it?)...'A Day In The Life'. Nothing else comes close. Beautiful music…
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Leeroi on 2/4/2003
Herb's trumpet solo made me want to pick up the instrument...have no fucking clue how the trumpet works but I thought he did right by Dave...and as far as him being the 'whore' - he played for Janet Jackson and she couldn't show up for his video...seductive tune…
A review of Born For Love from Triage posted by Leeroi on 2/4/2003
'It came in clear as a local call..'
A review of Triage posted by Dan on 1/30/2003
It had been quite some time since I last looked into what David + David had done musically. I think it was 1993. (in an old timer's voice) This was before the internet...or at least the internet we know and love today. I couldn't just google David + David. So there I was staring at this screen of a music search computer in a huge cool music store in VA Beach wondering what to search for. And that's what led me to Triage. The store had it in stock and I walked away with a CD with a disturbing cover. I must say that it took me three maybe four listens to get past the layers of sound effects and screams to get to the meat of the album. But once I was there - I was hooked. I think my first favorite was Bitter Tree...then China Lake...then Postman. I loved the way the album went from crazy to calm. And I loved the way it fades out forever at the end. I think I own 6 or 7 copies of this disc. Everytime I see one for sale in a used bin or something like that - I always feel I need to rescue them. So...if you're reading this and you need a copy - let me know.

Dan
A review of A Secret Silken World from Triage posted by Kravitz on 1/27/2003
I remember walking over to State Street to buy the cd, and on the way back to the office reading the sleeve. I saw that Herb Albert was on the first track, and it made me think back to listening to HA and the Tijuana Brass albums when I was a kid. One album had the babe covered with whipped cream - probably the raciest cover of the era. So, the song wasn't exactly what I'd expected... but what a tale it tells.

It wasn't until the NFU tour that I found out from Will Sexton that HA was the horn whore for A&M - any body on that label that needed it got it from him.
A review of Triage posted by Kravitz on 1/27/2003
This is an incredible work - outstanding songwriting full of social commentary and satire, all backed by powerful music. The album's artwork is like the songs - colorful yet disturbing. Even after 11 years it is still in heavy rotation in my house and car.
A review of The Waiter from Triage posted by Kravitz on 1/27/2003
After spending ~6 years of my life waiting tables, this song will always be one of my favorites. The music is heavy, the chorus enlightening, and lyrics hilarious. So glad to see that DB still plays this song in nearly every show.

 


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