Now my bags are packed,
And my sails are tacked,
And my course is marked by stars.  

Bitter Virtue.

Please, don't get me started Looking backwards, to move on. Strong, yet openhearted Accept leaving, when leaving's come. Gone, didn't see it coming. Never said I love you, I hope you knew. Now my bags are packed, And my sails are tacked, And my course is marked by stars. When this cycle ends, Will it start again Will we recognise old friends? I'm on my way Soon be moving on my way. Leave a little light on. Leave a little light on. I'm on my way, Soon be moving on my way. Leave a little light on. Leave a little light on. Time, always unwinding, All these deadlines in my mind. Seeds and dreams we planted, Took for granted, didn't root. Walking down this road, Will my pulse beat slow, Hope to have you close at hand. When this cycle ends, Will it start again, Will we recognise old friends? I'm on my way, Soon be moving on my way. Leave a little light on Leave a little light on. I'm on my way On my way On my way On my way Leave a little light on Leave a light on I'm on my way, Soon be moving on my way. Leave a little light on Leave a little light on. I'm on my way Soon be moving on my way Leave a little light on Leave a little light on, Leave a little light on.

Sleeve #71

Today’s release is “Moving On”, a song about death and acceptance, in-keeping with the themes of the album it is featured on, 2014’s La Petite Mort.

James’ lead singer Tim Booth wrote the song after his mother’s death in his arms in 2012. In a televised BBC interview, Booth expressed his fondness for the song, particularly its accompanying animated music video:

“If you want to see what we’re doing, this is the thing to see. This is the best video we’ve ever made, easily”.

The stop-motion video shows the life cycles of figures made of string, who lose threads as they die, and are woven by the thread of a dying figure as they are born. Accepting the ongoing circle of life seems to be Booth’s message here, and is evidently a cathartic song for him in a time of loss and grief.

The best way to do this sleeve was to choose the best possible model in the name of Paola Garcia.

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The first version of this sleeve art was a fantastic picture of the model, with very good attitude, that could have been used, of course with another font than the one on this first try. However, the final picture that features on the final project fits far better to the song. It has been one of the most “liked” sleeve art.

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