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Fear of Grief

by Paul Mark, James Strain

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From Paul Mark:

Back in in front of live mics and cameras here in New York City with long-time collaborator James Strain, a style purist who always keeps you pointed towards musical true north.

This track was recorded live to video. After hearing the results we decided to release the audio as a single as well.

Over the years James and I would joke that we should cut an album of duets – we'd rehearsed together for so many years in prep for band sessions that we began to think we sounded pretty good playing without them. Well maybe...

The original "Fear of Grief" track was recorded as part of the album "Trick Fiction" by Paul Mark & The Van Dorens, released in 2006. Given the slam-bang tone of much of that album (opening track was "Fritos, BBQ and Scotch"), I'd intentionally written a couple of change-of-pace songs just before those sessions began. The idea was to slow things down a bit. "Grief" was a folk ballad that resulted.


I have no wife, no children
No loyal dog sleeping at my feet
But I have my life, and my sleep at night
And I have my fear of grief

My friends and relations they are many
The valleys between us grow so deep
Highways winding home, jet planes and telephones
Move slower than my fear of grief

High priests and market makers
Trample the earth for all they seek
But there is no darkness, no terrible swift sword
Blind as my fear of grief

There’s love in the stars that look down on us
A love a true as gravity
And there’s a love that stands alone, hard as a stone
Buried within my fear of grief

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released September 20, 2023
Recorded in New York City
Paul Mark - Vocals, guitar
James Strain - Bass
Produced/mixed: Paul Mark
Mastering: Bruce Barielle


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Paul Mark & The Van Dorens New York, New York

Triple-threat songwriter-musician-producer Paul Mark has been mystifying critics and barflies for decades. With a striking lyrical edge and an encyclopedic facility with American roots music, NYC-based Paul Mark has built a top-drawer original song catalog that tugs on the ears of the literary as well as the liquidated. Mark is principal owner of Radiation Records. ... more

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