Knock Three Times (2010 live with Nicki Jaine)

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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Video on YouTube: youtu.be/_7nKMxjJ9FE
Camera: Z3sus // Edit: Sam

These recordings -- from when Nicki Jaine & Athan Maroulis were the vocalists for BlackTape -- features Nicki's performance of "Knock Three Times" from the 2010 Steampunk World’s Fair. This is how I hear the song in my head whenever I think of it; I was going to play the song for a friend, and was surprised to realize I never put it up for everyone to enjoy. That had to change! This performance features Brian Viglione on percussion (he didn't often play live with us). Also included on the ep is "Rotten Zurich Cafe" (with the spoken part of "In Dystopia" at the end) and "Halo Star."

Knock Three Times, Live at The Steampunk World’s Fair, May 2010
Nicki Jaine: vocals & guitar
Athan Maroulis: backing vocals
Brian Viglione: percussion
Sam Rosenthal: piano & electronics

Rotten Zurich Cafe, Live at The Steampunk World’s Fair, May 2010
Nicki: vocals
Athan: backing vocals
Brian: electric guitar
Sam: electronics & acoustic guitar

Halo Star, Live in New York City May 2, 2005
Nicki: vocals, & piano
Sam: electronics
Meredith Yayanos: violin

Mastered by Martin Bowes (Attrition)

Written by Sam Rosenthal
©Seireenien Music

I created this 3-song EP featuring my good friend Nicki Jaine on vocals, from the era when she was involved in the band. The first two tracks were recorded in 2010 at the Steampunk World's Fair. The final track is (re-mastered) from the Revue Noir ANTHOLOGY ARCHIVE album. It fits in here as it's a BlackTape song performed by Nicki and I. Enjoy the music!

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released July 22, 2018

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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Ethereal band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch is one of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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Track Name: Knock Three Times - Live at The Steampunk World’s Fair, May 2010
Autumn leaves blowing across my floor
Windows broken out by the mean kids who live next door
And there she is, well not her exactly but the box she likes to sleep in
She was so cute in a skinny kinda way; and they say:

Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no

She put with all the taunts all the nasty things they'd say
She'd smile and pretend to ignore them but she stored it all away
Don't blame me, don't blame me, they drove her 'round the bend
She was so cute in a 'why-don't-you-get-out-and-see-the-sun' kinda way; and they say:

Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no, no, no

The world grew dark, insane men ruled, our stomachs kept on grumbling
But we had fun, we danced a lot, if you don't count all that stumbling
She was so cute in a 'why-don't-you-put-some-meat-on-those-bones' kinda way, kinda way
Kinda weighs not much than the mice and skeletons that run across my floor
Mice and skeletons that dance across my floor

Knock three times on your coffin lid if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no, no, no
Knock three times on your coffin if you want my love
Twice on the pipe if the answer, answer is no
Knock three times
Knock three times
Track Name: Rotten Zurich Cafe - Live at The Steampunk World’s Fair, May 2010
When I was a girl I had no time for fun.
My spacecraft all smashed, still trying to run.
Her drunken rage. In descent she explodes.
Just waiting for her to explode.

So rot in your Zurich cafe.
Your rotten Zurich cafe.
If I cannot control you with my demands,
then I leave you debased as I relinquish you.

Her violence came regardless of what I tried.
Regardless of what I did, she’d lose control anyway.
It was easier to fuck it up just as soon as I could.
Then hide in the store room, keep quiet in my escape pod,
I’m waiting for her to explode.

So rot in your Zurich cafe.
Your rotten little Zurich Hauptbahnhof cafe.
If I can’t have you then I’ll destroy everything we have.
Cover those bruises, wipe up that lip. Isn’t that the way it is done?

We create our personal version of righteousness.
Peering from behind your apron, it worked out ok.
Wonderful wonderful example, I’d say.
So rot in your Zurich cafe.
Raise a glass to who I’ve become.
Your rotten Zurich cafe.
Three cheers for fears, three cheers for today.
Your dirty train station cafe.
May the satellites fall and crush us tonight.
Your rotten Zurich cafe.
Track Name: Halo Star - Live in New York City, May 2005
halo star ~ there you are ~ dreaming of the pendulum blade
don’t rush away. don’t say ‘it’s all ok...’
halo star ~ could have gone far ~ shocked by the pain of your assassination
so tell me you’re happy. you’re not. you’re not
halo star ~ your wishes i oblige. what can i do but oblige?
halo star ~ halo star
halo star ~ there you are ~ don’t rush away. it’s not ok...

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