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Dans l'Oeil de la Temp​ê​te (30th Anniversary)

by Handful of Snowdrops

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arisensun
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arisensun Superb! I love this.
arturo jara
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arturo jara Dans l'Oeil has been my favorite HOS album since I heard it from the first time back in the days. the remastered version just confirmed that.
It's tricky to choose the favorite track 'cause Do I have to choose only from the original songs of the album or do I have to include all the song on this Anniversary Edition?
Only original song - SOMETIMES I
All the songs on this edition - NOW, THEN AND FOREVER - that happens to be my favorite (and best) HOS track. Favorite track: Sometimes I [2021 Remastered].
Monsieur Seb
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Monsieur Seb DOdlT has always been one of my favouritest albums ever and this remastered reissue is stellar and a MUST for any HoS fan or anyone curious to discover the genius of JP Mercier et al.! I picked Voices in the Night as my favourite, but the whole album could be! Favorite track: Voices In The Night [2021 Remastered].
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  • Dans l'Oeil de la Tempête (30th Anniversary) Double CD edition
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    This is the Double CD version of the 30th anniversary reissue of Dans l'Oeil de la Tempête. The first CD contains the remastered album while both of HoS' Doctor Death compilation contributions and every home demos Handful of Snowdrops recorded between "Land of the Damned" and "Tempête" populate the second CD. It also includes a 16 page colour booklet with lyrics, credits and a brief history of the album's genesis.

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Hush (Mercier/Mercier) Medicines are strong They can make you look like nothing is wrong The magicians are gone They just disappear when the damage is done Like a happy dream or a paradise It's a two way street It's water, it's ice I'm already gone I wish you happiness and may you have fun Lots of fun It doesn't matter if you change your mind Whatever happens you will never change mine It's the price I have to pay For living like a thief There's no other way to leave So hush now, I think you better hush now Yes, the wall is thick But to dig your way through it there's a magic trick First, a word of wisdom Never shake the hand of whom you're stealing it from Their happy dreams and their paradise Is a two way street Like water and ice Now I'm all done I wish you all happiness and may you have fun May you have lots of fun It doesn't matter if you change your mind Whatever happens you will never change mine It's the price I have to pay For living like a thief There's no other way to leave So hush now, I think you better hush now I mean it.
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Voices in the Night (Mercier/Mercier) Reason turned to hashes and dust Fairy tales you swept your way through "Think how small this thought would make us" It's sounds familiar when come to you If you tell me what you see on the ceiling Part of it will maybe come true My conscience tells me not to be laughing But I won't mind if you do Maybe I will change my mind But it will never happen to you Soon enough I'll close my eyes But will you? Can you? Can you hear voices in the night? But not the ones that you want to Some of the feelings that I fight Another one that I owe you But when you remember tonight You leave the part that you need to Say I was blinded by the light That guides us all where you want to Yeah, were you want to Then everybody lowered their voice "I wonder if they really heard you" In an hour, with the weapon of your choice "You crossed the border and you took me with you" It was written in a book I was reading One I must have borrowed from you For a moment you were Julia Lofting I think he wrote that part for you Yes, I do
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Trust (Mercier/Mercier) Up the ladder Straight to Father Who forgives and forgets Over cloud nine Where all is fine Is where we've met You told me what you saw up from the hill I told you what I saw from higher still But changing all the words so you never will Believe what I say since you know how to use it Circumstances and consequences Or so you make believe Empty handed And disenchanted Way beyond belief You tell me that I have what I deserve But I'm not really sure of what I heard I've been told I should confide in her Now you know how I feel and you still want to use it Ho yeah, ho yeah You say you know what must be done You can trust me I know better I know what's best for everyone When something's cruel And disrespectful We understand it Everyone fell One by one But it doesn't fit We are only friends Hand in hand But only in dreams More like hate and pride Sleeping side by side Or so it seems
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From One Place to Another (Mercier/Mercier) Whatever was left behind Whatever you will find on your way You never try to trick your mind Or any other games it loves to play You make sure you realize All that could be hiding behind your door Yes, you're allowed to close your eyes You won't be needing them Not anymore So this is where the thief goes blind or It could be what his eyes are bathing in Deep within The feeling moves on and it goes from One place to another You fall twice then look behind You look at what you couldn't see from here You raise a hand above the water line Waving at the ones who cried in here The younger ones were all hypnotized You weren't smiling when we met You don't tell me that you sympathize You’re just nothing like me yet Please make sure that you realize All that could be hiding behind your door Yes, you're allowed to close your eyes Because you won't be needing them anymore To go… From one place to another The feeling moves on and it goes from One place to another
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The Ghost of a Song (Mercier/Mercier) One whisper through my door One wave, one lonely shore One ladder to my room One word got out too soon One song goes through my mind One place, another time One page I should be filling with Words that I should be feeling I tried to find another sentence Hoping you will give me the chance Why's my life such a mess? It's a living hell now More or less I can hear you Just an everlasting laughter There's no answer to my prayers I can hear you Your every words are going longer And much harder to remember One spear straight to my heart One world that falls apart One pill I will be taking All wounds it should be healing I tried to offer some resistance Hoping you will keep your distance You don't make another promises You give word And nothing less I can hear you Just an everlasting laughter There's no answer to my prayers I can hear you Your every words are going longer And much harder to remember It's getting harder and harder to remember When you say I won't go any further I hear : Nothing last forever.
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Shadows on the Heart (Mercier/Mercier) Blue... Like the ghost that follows you As you were drifting out of site Or the trap I fell into It looks deeper here tonight It may flow down like a river But it just won't take you there So you're spreading around like a fever No such blessing can be fair Sometimes I dream I'm in your arms But I'm just a shadow on your heart Another shadow on you heart The little boy's down on his knees The cards are drawn, there's no tomorrow No, nothing here was meant to be Someone should have let him know I use to come here everyday The clouds won't always come and go Like you will learn it on your way Your time has come when she says so She charmed the bird down from its tree Now she will never let him grow She'll step on what is left of me Ho dear God I'm begging Please, don't make it so Black... But it's never coming back You never had it anyway Don't you wonder what comes last? It's in the colour of the day I was waiting for an answer But you act like you don't care I heard you carry the mark of the healer No such blessing can be fair Sometimes I dream I'm in your arms But I'm just a shadow on your heart Another shadow on you heart
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What you want (Mercier/Mercier) With everything I wish I knew I could buy a little part of you Your heart of steel would turn to gold With every little piece you sold You don't follow me I'll follow you You decide for me what I should do Yes, you hate me but I like you I fail to understand you I, yes I mind to let you go I see you leaving every time If there's some truth in what we know It's not yours or mine So if you twist my arm I'll throw another line I know it could be wrong To make the clock unwind Before you break the charm I'll tell another lie I know what's going on here Makes me want to cry Is this what, is this what Is this what you want ? The night has fell on me and you Some broken wish in black and blue You won't talk to me but you'll talk to them You never think of me just think of them Like those who smile you'll never know And like those who laugh I'll never grow You look down to me I look up to you I fail to understand you
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Sometimes I (JP Mercier/JP Mercier) Immortalized for the benefit of those Who cannot bare the light Not for a moment or a day The door is open wide And you were waiting there Because sometimes I know why you're there It's like an open door because This time I know why it's there And if I was to die tonight And if only your ghost would shut its mouth Then I might I just might die Sometimes I I'm in this over my head I can't believe all I said When I was hardly breathing The boat was floating away You sent it back on its way Though I'm still waving I'm weakening I tie my hands because sometimes I fear what's on my mind In bridal white Among the roses on your bed Lays what you hide inside So you though I was dead Then you wrote these endless lines And you were waiting there because Sometimes it knows why you're there It's like an open door because Sometimes I know why you're there The high and the low , the deep and the shallow To ignore and to know, to shine or to glow The warm and the cold, the young and the old Through the good and the bad, you had.
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In the Eye of the Storm (Mercier/Mercier) The fairy blows her deadly kiss I knew it had to end like this I can't believe I had to try I stretched my hand to touch the sky The words I wish I could erase Mistakes I wish I'd never made When dreams I dream won't go away They just won't let you fade away Now the fever's slowly killing me This chapter goes on endlessly Disease has finally made its call It can't stand my breathing anymore A blood stream flows across the floor A passenger, an endless fall The young boy is now getting old His door is shut his story's told Yes, told I don't think I belong in heaven But ever since the day I was born I've been told I was here to be forgiven Left in the Eye of the Storm I don't think I deserve you guidance But ever since that day and before I've been trying to read your silence I'm writing from the Eye of the Storm The words I wrote were lost between A howling soul and screaming winds The passion tears my soul apart Devotion for all bleeding hearts I've said those words a thousand times Just come inside and read my mind I've made my choice, I've given up And finally all the letters stopped I looked and searched but never found You smiled and watched me falling down How could I ever leave this bed? Will someone ever cut this thread? I finally made it to the end I'm never coming back again The young boy is now getting old My door is shut, my story's told Yes, told
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Hush (Mercier/Mercier) Medicines are strong They can make you look like nothing is wrong The magicians are gone They just disappear when the damage is done Like a happy dream or a paradise It's a two way street It's water, it's ice I'm already gone I wish you happiness and may you have fun Lots of fun It doesn't matter if you change your mind Whatever happens you will never change mine It's the price I have to pay For living like a thief There's no other way to leave So hush now, I think you better hush now Yes, the wall is thick But to dig your way through it there's a magic trick First, a word of wisdom Never shake the hand of whom you're stealing it from Their happy dreams and their paradise Is a two way street Like water and ice Now I'm all done I wish you all happiness and may you have fun May you have lots of fun It doesn't matter if you change your mind Whatever happens you will never change mine It's the price I have to pay For living like a thief There's no other way to leave So hush now, I think you better hush now I mean it.
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Now, Then and Forever (Mercier/Mercier) I hear the sound of thunder The storm is getting closer To build a castle out of air So you can hide there I wish I could stop blaming myself For the way I dream of you Like there is something I can do I heard you name today I heard it on my way I wish that you could look at yourself The way I look at you There's something pouring out of you I saw your face today I saw it on my way And in a ghostly motion You could walk an ocean You give me bread and water And make it last forever I realize I will need your help To get over this I know There is something you should know Before you run away If you dare look my way There are secrets I would never tell No, there's no one I can trust They would try at any cost To blow my life away Somebody died today Would someone else play this part? Someone else would swallow my tears And wishing you could disappear And spying over my shoulder I'm a long dead saviour Why don't you share your wisdom I need a magic potion But I haven't yet said why so why would you answer First, it's a teardrop, now it's a river Now, Then and Forever
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Second by Second (Mercier/Mercier) The dry winds of too many winters fade away Though the season has gone You say the weather will stay Like it's a part of the past Not worth hiding away Now that the laughter has gone You say the smile will remain You say something will remain How come no one waits for me? How come you never wait for me? And all the snow that's melting on my face Is falling from a different place I realise it's not the same for me I shouldn't wander up there endlessly Maybe you don't know but when it rains Such friction feeds a bigger flame Just don't expect it to get even Remember March 27th Second, Second Second by Second Remember everything second by second I know you're not to blame If I'm going insane But if I was to burn up in flames here You'd say something will remain You'd say something will remain You'd say something will remain You'd say something will remain But I'm damn sure nothing will
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Charlatan (Mercier/Mercier) We're taught to offer no resistance, yeah. So when the wind blows hard you'll break But never, ever, never bend There's no if of but No giving up When the lights are out Then you dream of a happy end You're one of them You've done the best you can And you gave your life to ensure it will never end But you've felt so cold And you've always been too old You gave you mind He took your heart again I'v read the sign that's on your door, yeah. It says that you don't want to be worried No not anymore There's no if of but No giving up When the lights are out Then you dream of a happy end You're one of them You've done the best you can And you gave your life to ensure it will never end But you've felt so cold And you've always been too old He's gonna tear your soul apart You gave you mind, he took your heart A drop of your poison A cross on your wall A life of devotion Less than nothing at all First of the chosen few Last of the broken laws You fight for Jesus to love you But no one else does No one else does, yeah (x2) You gave you mind, He took your heart again (x4) To tear your soul apart again Charlatan… To tear your soul apart again Charlatan… Will tear your soul apart again Charlatan… To tear your soul apart again Charlatan…
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2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Handful of Snowdrops sophomore album "Dans l'Oeil de la Tempête". The 1991 release of the album was plagued with problems. Inexistent budget, makeshift studio, no experienced producer or engineer are only the tip of the iceberg. The labels had financial problem and didn't promote it. They didn't care to master the mix down or even normalize it before burning it to CDs! The result was and unbearably quiet album, lacking any punch and low-end.

With this release I tried to give back these songs the little dignity they were stripped of. The anniversary double CD edition contains the remastered album on the first CD and both of HoS' Doctor Death compilation contributions and every home demos Handful of Snowdrops recorded between "Land of the Damned" and "Tempête" on the second CD.

Unfortunately, the maximum amount of music that a CD can hold prevented the inclusion of the original version of the album. But I've decided to include it to the digital download version, bringing the total amount of tracks of this 30th anniversary to 28!

Happy anniversary "Tempête"!

JP, still writing from the eye of the storm, octobre 2021.

credits

released November 5, 2021

Written, composed, arranged and played by Jean-Pierre Mercier
Produced by Martin Talbot and Handful of Snowdrops
Recorded and engineered by Martin Talbot at Le Studio d'Eros in Montreal in the spring 1991.
Fairlight CMI manipulation by Handful of Snowdrops
Remastered by NanoGénésie® in the summer of 2021
New 2021 graphic design by NanoGénésie®

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Handful of Snowdrops Quebec, Québec

Handful of Snowdrops is a postwave band from Quebec City, Canada, with the most dedicated fanbase any artist could dream of. HoS could probably be the biggest small and unknown independent band in the world! :D
Active between 1984 and 1993, HoS returned with 'III' in 2015 and still going today.
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