City of Zero

by Proud Madam

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about

The first time I heard the name "Proud Madam", I didn't know it was a name of a bar. I didn't know there were any bars in The City of Zero.

It was really hard to find a job in this city. And living on the streets or sleeping in police stations and cheap motels, wasn't so attractive. No, not anymore. After a luxurious apartment in Paris and going to work only from being bored, that was a harsh challenge, but the way back to Paris is lost.

So I got really desperate. That's why when I heard about "Proud Madam". I decided to swallow my pride. Being sure they were talking about a vain Bordel, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a small dark bar, a bit medieval and neglected but welcoming. Heavy Russian accent pierced through my fractured thoughts:
Where do you come from, lady?-
I turned my head and faced the bar. In it was a man who seemed to have been taken straight out of the middle ages. A cross was tied over his neck with some thin rope. He wore heavy sharp boots, an old shirt and a Russian milkman cap. On his finger was a huge ring with a weird looking rubine stone in it. He kissed my hand as a greeting, like an old-fashioned Russian Cossack.
Vladimir Klimov or just Vlad for you.-
He impressed me with his mysterious and charming attitude. With a slightly bitter smile, he patiently listened to my story: France, the violin, singing, papa at maman and my failed attempts at getting jobs since I arrived at The City of Zero.

He listened to me patiently and after a while he said:
- I just fired a worker yesterday, so you may be useful for tonight. Come on, let's go to settle the payment. Help me to write things down - my spelling is terrible.
After the bureaucracy was done, he smoked a cigarette.
- Welcome, Alice. Hope you'll have a great time over here. I'll tell you a bit about the City of Zero. While telling his story, he called me a few times by a weird name - something like Margaret or Magdalene - I can't really recall. It was amusing to hear him cursing in Russian each time.

As the bar's door opened to the customers, the first one to come in was an elegant man with wide open psychotic eyes. His gaze was always curious and he had a bit of a childish face. He wore skinny jeans, a red shirt that looked more like a gown and had white gloves on his hands.
A golden cross hung over his neck, and he was covered with small colourful tattoos.
Without saying a word he sat at the bar and stared at me with his cynical smile, like he was
measuring me. Then he held out his hand and ceremoniously said:
- A real flower of Eden. What on earth brought you here to this Sodom? – He paused - No, no, dear, you don't have to answer – keep me in suspense!
He winked and sent me a kiss through the air. I was shocked from his behaviour but I have to admit that I was enjoying the attention - his presence felt strange but familiar.

Then he warmly greeted Vlad, who called him "Little Jesus". I cleaned a large wine glass and brought a bottle of exclusive Pinot Noir to the table at the corner. The table was now arranged like a ritual: over it was a snow-white napkin, some fancy siverware and giant candles. I didn't quite understand why "Little Jesus" was doing this strange ritual or why Vlad was going along with it.

Later, after a small talk with Vlad, I discovered that "Little Jesus" was really named Louis Bergman. Vlad said that he's a gifted musician, probably the most gifted around - a weird genius. No one actually knows where he lives or what he does. I think that Vlad called him a Hedonist. It made me smile to think that Vlad knew that word considering his reading and writing skills.
It turns out that Louis was an American Christian who came here to see The Great Church but lost his mind somewhere along the trip. Claiming that he carried a "holy spirit", he started preaching about the redemption of mankind and Doomsday. He really drew my attention despite his strange and even outregaous behaviour. La curiosité a tué le chat, maman used to tell me when I was a kid.

Then Vlad suddenly called me and whispered:
-The night has just begun.

credits

released July 19, 2012

Proud Madam are Alice Lenoir AKA Sarai Darmon, Louis Bergman AKA Avishai Efrat, Vlad Klimov AKA German Retierman & Yehonatan Sasson.

Songs 1, 7, 10 written & composed by Vlad Klimov
Songs 2, 4, 5, 8 & 9 written & composed by Louis Bergman
Song 3 written & composed by Vlad Klimov & Louis Bergman

Recorded by Yehonatan Sasson at Muzik Studios Tel Aviv
Produced by Yehonatan Sasson & Proud Madam

www.proudmadam.com
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Special Thanks to the guests who took part in this album:
Elad Liebman - Piano (Tracks 1, 7, 10); Eyal Yahav - Cello (Track 1); Luna Abu Nassar - Percussion & Glockenspiel (Tracks 4, 10); Omer Kurant - Trumpet (Tracks 4, 10); Tomer Tzur - Drums (Tracks 3, 5, 9, 10) & Yonatan Ydov - Bass (Tracks 2, 3, 4 , 5, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Big Thanks to Muzik Studios & staff for their help & support

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Track Name: City of Zero
People walking by with their meaningless smiles
Turning their backs after meaningless helloes goodbyes
Meaningless truths and meaningless lies
Meaningless laughs and cries

Hey my friend take a look at the mirror
There's nothing to lose in the city of Zero

The slave and the king
The rich and the poor
Everybody's searching for some meaningless cure
Dancing to the music with no rhythm and no tune
Under a meaningless sun and moon

Don't ask me what had happened here
There's nothing to choose from in the city of Zero

The meaningless government obsessed with defence
Writes the next law that makes no sence
It gives you a number instead of a name
And a full time job not to go insane

And the city is looking for the next hero
But all the heroes are dead in the city of Zero

I meet them one by one each night of the week
The rich and the poor
The slave and the king
In the one special place where I offer them sin
In the end of the city for a night time dream

They come for the show, and they come for a beer
They say the devil walks down in the city of Zero
Track Name: Inside
Who you are don't matter inside

Sugar opens the door for me
I step inside and I grab my seat

I take my time on a girl that's sweet
Risk it all for a steady beat
I get my drink while the pain sinks in
I say hello to the evening thrill

Twist of fate either lose or win
Hold it back yeah just breathe it in

Who you are don't matter in inside
Track Name: Ain't That Bad
My phone is still waiting for the next missed call
The devil is behind the door to take my soul
Those creepy rumors crawling underneath my floor
Stuck deep inside the walls and in the key holes

My beer's got hot and my cigarette burned
My baby is cold to me cause she's got hurt
Those rumors are chasing me on the streets and in my head
Walking in my shoes and lying in my bed

I guess it ain't that bad

The customers are crazy and the bartender's mad
The waitress dresses tastelessly the music is bad
I hear all those complaints and i ask them again
Why do you keep coming here day after day?

I guess it ain't that bad
Track Name: It's Rather Cold
It's rather cold tonight
From light to dark tonight
What if there's no we anymore
And I don't like you like before

You know
Only monkeys say they're sorry when you go

Just leave yourself tonight
Forget the past tonight
What if there's no me anymore
And I don't like you like before

You know
Only monkeys say they're sorry when you go
Track Name: Sorry Baby
I'm sorry baby I never had the time
I'm sorry baby I never made you mine
I'm sorry baby I always did some crime

I'm sorry baby

I'm sorry baby for the days I came on too strong
I'm sorry baby for the nights that took too long
I'm sorry baby for the times that I kicked you out of my home

Easy baby don't you wanna sing along?
Hear me baby where'd you get here from?
Tell me baby I don't need to lie to get you on
Come on baby out of the streets and into my home

I'm Sorry Baby

I'm sorry baby for the days that'll never come back no
I'm sorry baby I could've tried a litlle bit more
I'm sorry baby last drinks are always sour

I'm sorry baby

I'm sorry baby but don't you wanna sing along?
Hear me baby I don't need to lie to get you on
Tell me baby where'd you get here from?
Come on baby out of the streets and into my home
Track Name: I Counted All My Sins
I've got a devil that's gonna swallow me down
Down

I counted all my sins
And came out short by one
I changed my name again
And came back up like a man

Oh honey honey you try
But you can't pass me by
You never made me blue
I'll kill and die for you

But I ain't waiting baby
For another jesus or Mary Chain
No not me baby
I see them all down in the end
Track Name: Rush Time
Come on inside
Grab your seat
There goes the night
Can you feel the beat?

Beers for the swine
Poisonous treats
There goes the light
Through the stinking heat

And where this night is going
No one knows
And the alcohol's flowing
For the overdose
Where this night is going
No one cares
Hey hero
Are you there?

Come on inside
Try to walk on the air
Crash down on the floor
Why do you even care?

Blended and single
Shame red as wine
Bourboun and rum
Forget about the rhyme

And where this night is going
No one knows
And the alcohol's flowing
To the overdose
Where this night is going
No one cares
Hey hero
Are you there?

I've got these voices spinning in my head beating me down
Track Name: Coins
Hey there hello what's your name?
What will it be?
How bad d'you want it?
Everyone's drinking all night like they were dogs

I'll help you find your way
Through the tables and the lonely people
Did you just smile to me or do you have something to say?
I'm not here just to amuse you
Oh no no no

Coins on the tables oh boys
I wish i had something new to recall

Two drinks for one it's a sure thing
You can't really lose cos you never had it
Something to eat while you at it my friend
Any meal for a king is a feast it's a feast for a clown

Outside not too far
People see things in different ways
Instead of living fast and small
I won't burn all up in the yellow sun
Track Name: In Your Arms
You've payed my bill but I ain't gonna stay
In your arms tonight in your arms tonight
You kissed my lips but you ain't gonna stay
In my arms tonight in my arms tonight

In your arms tonight
In my arms tonight

You treat me like I'm a one of a kind
In your arms tonight in your arms tonight
I give you more than you'd get outside
In my arms tonight In my arms tonight

In your arms tonight
In my arms tonight

We can always get a room
Up above in another town

You gave up hope so I don't wanna stay
In your arms tonight In your arms tonight
A kiss from you is a kiss from death
In my arms tonight In my arms tonight

In your arms tonight
In my arms tonight

Judging by the looks of things
You should have stayed in another town

The devil's got his eyes on you
Smile in case he doesn't look back
Track Name: Lay Me Down
Floating in the air
Like a cigarette smoke
I don't care
I don't care anymore
Grey blue and white
In a shimmering light
In this thin air

Lay me down
Lay me down to bed

I'm like the alcohol fumes
Like a cheap perfume
Like some dirty
Unwanted tune
Marry me girl
So I'll have the place
To put my head down

Lay me down
Lay me down to bed

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