The Return of English Magic

by Funboy Five

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Inspired by a reading of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.


Loose your heart to an arcane art
tear the day apart
forgotten words, forgotten thought
forget what you’ve been taught

If time could lie then I could die
and come back the next day
it’s not a trick when you think of it
the return of english magic

The cynics and the hucksters
say the glory days are gone
but their words are an illusion
the magic carries on

Hear a cry from the speaking sky
ravens flying by
wind set free, a twisted plea
moonshine lights a tree

A frozen glance, a final chance
words you can’t pronounce
scenes inside the mirror stick
the return of english magic

an arcane art will take your heart
tear your life apart
it’s not a trick but a conduit
the return of english magic


released August 20, 2018


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Funboy Five Twickenham, UK

Formed in January 1979, the Funboy Five recorded a radio session for the influential John Peel Show, and a single, Life After Death/Compulsive Eater, released in January 1980 on their own Cool-Cat-Daddy-O label.

In 2014, the band revived with a new vinyl single, Save The World/What Did You Do With The Body?, followed by further singles and 2019's 'The Greatest Album Of All Time'.
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