Faith Salons
Cowritten by Jeff Buckley/Brenda Kahn
Studio Released
In the faith salons they do your nails for fifteen dimes a bottle, where
someone in the darkness waits for your arrival. In the Faith Salons the
deals are struck, making heroes out of dust and clay. The man gives you
sixty seconds on the dollar, and walks away. In the middle of your book
of ages you write your dreams down to the letter. Tired of second
chances and singles dances. Her robes were purple velvet feeling like
the king of Cairo. Prisoners to fools and slaves to paper gods. In the
faith salons....The books of massacres and natural disasters, beguiled by
belligerence learned from the dancing masters. The child on the train
was a mimic mime of babble. The mother knitted sweaters that the child
would unravel. In the faith salons....They have medicines for madness,
madness caused by drugs, something for your headache and a spray to kill
the bugs. You walk the catwalk of polyphony, And your charades of
destiny. To whose myth of creation will you finally fall upon your knees
and cry for forgiveness denied. In the faith salons....She'd appear like
a belligerrent ghost in my dreams, in my living room, all torn apart and
blue, where the ribbons flew and the sky tore like a sheet of rain, of
dust. Peace is a distant mirage where the only truth is the path and
chance the only landmark in the desert. Sleeping in doorways.
Underneath the falling frescoes, She'd say, It's your pain. In the faith
Jeff Buckley contributed background vocals on and co-wrote Track 3, 'Faith Salons', from Brenda Kahn's 'King of Cairo promo EP' (Chaos Records, 1994, CD# OSK 6626; Cass# OAT 6626). It was only released as a promo. The track can also be found as track 5 on Brenda Kahns album, 'Destination Anywhere' (Shanachie Entertainment Corp, 1996, CD# Shanachie 5708).

"'We played music together and hung out together. The only song we recorded together was "Faith Salons"... I lived in a big loft space in Brooklyn and he was over playing my guitar, and I started reading out of various journals I had lying around. Suddenly he stopped and said, 'Four-Track'. So we put back a basic version of the song. Later we recorded it for real. The clicking sound on the track is Jeff tapping his foot, and he's singing all the background vocals. . . When the time came to record the song proper, Jeff was a mellow, encouraging presence in the studio. 'I don't know how Jeff was with his own records, but with me he was always very easy-going. We just played the song and it was always perfect the first time through. It's just me and him on the track, and I think maybe the producer put a couple of organ notes on it... But the real beauty, to me, is Jeff's background vocals." -- Brenda Kahn, "Mystery White Boy Blues" (Anthony Reinolds) Jeff contribution: vocals and guitar