Presently being worked on as an ebook: it can best be described with the introduction below - which has just been completed
The words in this
book were also recorded on a double CD with the same title. The book is meant
to be a companion to the CDs.
About the words:
they consist mostly of thoughts and ideas which at the time they occurred I had
chosen to write down. They were usually written in lines and rhymes because at
sometime or other - although I can’t remember exactly when - it had become a
habit to do that.
Most of them began
as one line with the prospect that they might become a lyric. And some of them
are lyrics. Others wandered away in a different direction to become what they
Only a few of the
words had previously been worked on and in preparing the book I wanted them to
remain that way. I knew from experience that once the process of making changes
has begun it can be hard to stop and there is always a risk that what was
initially written down can become something unrelated to the originally
expressed thoughts or ideas.
The reluctance to
get drawn into making changes to the words has informed the eventual content of
the book and two issues in particular.
Several years had gone by since the recordings were made
and I was unable to locate an exact copy of the text which was used at the
time. As a consequence the recorded words are not an exact match with the
printed words. No attempt was made to remedy this,
Also there are
several duplicates, mainly as a result of some rushed editing and having used
two different kinds of title i.e. first line and made up.
The most obvious
remedy was to remove them and this could have been easily achieved with the
written words. There was however no easy way of making changes to the already
published CDs. I have opted instead to explain the situation and apologize for
any confusion this might cause.
The track lists
from the recordings are being used for the indices in the book and although the
playing times of the recordings may not be of interest to the reader they have
been retained for any interested listener.
The recorded words
are on two CDs: DISC ONE and DISC TWO and the printed words are in two parts
PART ONE and PART TWO.
Written or spoken
there are seventy seven items in nine sections. The titles for both have been
kept the same.
DISC ONE: PART ONE
1. The Inescapable Road
2. Heartbreak Land and Thereabouts
3. On the Road to Sundrie
4. The Bay and Beyond
5. Out There Somewhere
DISC TWO: PART TWO
1. If it Had Not Been So Dark
2. So Said the Sap
3. Clown in a Pram
4. The Unknowable Next
There is a separate concluding track entitled Some
Last Days of Fun
A selection of the
recorded words can be heard and downloaded from Bandcamp at https://sheilakcameron.bandcamp.com/album/the-unknowable-select