Story behind Blue Pastures from Pulse Magazine (April'97)
"I'll give you the twilight zone story on that song" offersthe singer, sipping some tea he's just prepard.
"we improvised that song years ago onto 24 track, and I improvised a lyric, basically what you hear on that take. Then when we came to get this LP together, we improvised it once more and I did the rest of the lyrics in that second take. And I didnt know what it was about- just someone going for a walk and lying down in the snow and dying. Then what happened is, 2 weeks before we recorded it, my best friend's (spiritual) mentor went out on his avorite walk and laid down in the snow, and committed suicide. So, if you ask me what Blue Pastures is really about, I think it's exactly about him, and the reasons why he did it are in that song"
then Tim goes on to say..
" A woman who was deaf, with whom I did some dance work. And I told her the story of that song, and she said she'd love to hear it. So we sat her between the speakers and turned it up full, and I sang her the words so she could read my lips. And, fuckin hell, it completely did me i- I was singing her the words and she could hear the vibrations and she was crying.."