Janet Devlin – Honest Men

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Where have all the honest men gone?
I’m flocked by vultures in the summer sun
They take what they can get, then gone in another breath
Where have all the honest men gone?

My shoes are filled with lead, what can I do?
It’s sink or swim or just avoid the truth
So I’ll take what I can get, and accept the consequence
But where have all the honest men gone?

Now there’s tears in my eyes, oh no surprise
Cause there’ll be tears in my eyes till the day I die
So angel of death why haven’t you kissed me yet?
Oh angel of death I long for your caress
So won’t you save me, oh save me
Oh won’t you save me, oh save me

Where has all my happiness gone?
It disappeared the moment I sang your song
I’ll be buried in this noose, it’s written in the books
But where have all the honest men gone?

Now there’s tears in my eyes oh no surprise
Cause there’ll be tears in my eyes till the day I die
So angel of death why haven’t you kissed me yet?
Oh angel of death I long for your caress
So won’t you save me, oh save me
Oh won’t you save me, oh save me

My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
My soul wasn’t enough you want it all, you wanted blood
But where have all the honest men gone?
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The third single from Janet Devlin’s upcoming concept album, Confessional, released May 2020, is a sobering anti-ballad written solely by the 25-year-old Irish singer-songwriter. If ever a song was to speak so timely of its age then Janet Devlin’s ‘Honest Men’ is the shattered black mirror reflection these dark days deserve. As bleak as it is bewitching, and as stark as it is sorrowful, ‘Honest Men’ is the evidence that Janet has already lived more lifetimes than most.

Produced by Jonathan Quarmby (Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker) and recorded in 2018 at RAK Studios, London, and Westland Studios in Dublin, ‘Honest Men’ began life as a self-reflective commentary in the midst of a long winter battling seasonal affective disorder. On the song’s origin Janet recalls:

“I was alone in my house in London, ukulele in hand. I began singing the darkest lyrics over the top of this beautiful melody that was emerging from my little uke. That juxtaposition of light and shade inspired me to write the whole thing in under an hour. It really captured a moment and a lot of meaning is contained in in this track.”

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