John Balance funeral service •

Music from John Tavener – The Protecting Veil

Welcome and introduction by Sleazy

Unto Geff, from whose eyes the veil of life hath fallen, may there be granted the accomplishment of his True Will…
Whether he wills absorption into the Infinite, or to be united with his chosen and preferred, or to be in contemplation, or to be at peace, or to achieve the labour and heroism of incarnation on this planet or another, or in any Star, or aught else, unto him may there be granted the accomplishment of his Will;
yea, the accomplishment of his Will.


The Dreamer Is Still Asleep by Coil
(from the album Musick To Play In The Dark, Vol. 1) Lyrics and vocals by Geff.

During which you are invited to come forward and light a candle…

hush – may ask you all for silence the Dreamer is still asleep
may the Goddess keep us
from single vision and sleep

the Dreamer is still asleep
he’s inventing landscapes and the magnetic field working a means of escape
we’ll cut across the crop circles
the Seer says No – not much time left
for these escape attempts
look at it this way
in 10 years time – who’ll care – who’ll even remember? one dies like that
deep within it almost inside it
it’s there for a reason
i’ll give you my old address
and take a little book
to tear and cut the paper
the beginning is also the end
time defines it – It will end
like close friendship
nothing could be further
we forget – the space people and things is empty
we forget and don’t notice the loss
crossing into venerable degeneration
such radiant pollution
the god with the silver hand
surveys this vast contaminations

a Dreamer is still dreaming
The Dreamer is still dreaming
in the heart of your heart
your eye remains
is the hurt you
is the blister you call loveless
your whole life is a cold slow shock
take a little time
to trap the shabby shadow
in the pissy mists of history
the Dreamer is still dreaming
hush – may ask you all for silence
will he wake in time to catch the sunset? hush – May ask you all for silence?


Ian greets the Congregation, says a few words, and introduces:

The Valley by Jane Siberry
(from the album Bound By The Beauty)

i live in the hills
you live in the valleys
and all that you know are these blackbirds
you rise every morning
wondering what in the world will the world bring today will it bring you joy or will it take it away
and every step you take is guided by
the love of the light on the land and the blackbird’s cry you will walk in good company

the valley is dark
the burgeoning holding
the stillness obscured by their judging
you walk through the shadows
uncertain and surely hurting
deserted by the blackbirds and the staccato of the staff
and though you trust the light towards which you wend your way sometimes you feel all that you wanted has been taken away
you will walk in good company

i love the best of you
you love the best of me
though it is not always easy lovely? lonely?
you will walk in good company

the shepherd upright and flowing you see…


Jeremy Reed reads a Poem

Are You Being Served theme – Sung by Francois Testory
This song, a duet with Francois, was the last Geff sang in concert at the City Hall, Dublin Oct 23rd.

Ground floor perfumery, stationery and leather goods, wigs and haberdashery kitchenware and food…going up

First floor telephones,
gents ready-made suits,
shirts, socks, ties, hats, underwear and shoes…going up

Second floor carpets, travel goods and bedding, material, soft furnishings, restaurant and teas.

Going up!


Reading from Liber 106 – An Epistle of Baphomet

Every man and every woman is a Star.

It is Our Lady of the Stars that speaketh to thee, O thou that art a star, a member of the Body of Nuith! Listen, for thine ears become dulled to the mean noises of the earth; the infinite silence of the Stars woos thee with subtile musick.

Behold her bending down above thee, a flame of blue,
all-touching, all-penetrant, her lovely hands upon the black earth, and her lithe body arched for love, and her soft feet not hurting the little flowers, and think that all thy grossness shall presently fall from thee as thou leapest to her embrace, caught up into her love as a dewdrop into the kisses of the sunrise.

For inasmuch as thou hast made the Law of Freedom thine, as thou hast lived in Light and Liberty and Love, thou hast become a Free-man of the City of the Stars.


At First She Starts by Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight

(from the album Once In A Blue Moon)

first she starts and then she’s startled I see that light in her eyes
didn’t you realise you were a bird at dawn when you woke with air in your throat so far doe-ray-me sing to me loudly

serenade me,
mess with the melody light and shade all my eyes can see
oh, but you are the phrase at the end of the bar a long and high refrain
hanging around for the choir to strike sound so’s you can holler your joy and your pain


David Tibet reads a poem


Live music from Cliff Stapleton (hurdy-gurdy) and Mike York (pipes) …during which you are invited to write a message for Geff and to place it with him in the coffin.


Closing words

followed by an excerpt from

Batwings (A Limnal Hymn) by Coil

(from the album Music to Play in the Dark Vol. 2)
Geff is singing all the parts – in a language that only he knows.


You are asked to stand for this last song and join in singing the last chorus:


We’ll Meet Again performed by Johnny Cash

(from the album American IV: The Man Comes Around)

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
but I know well meet again some sunny day Keep smiling though
just like you always do
till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away and will you say hello to the folks that I know tell em that I won’t be long
and they’ll be happy to know
that as you saw me go
I was singing this song

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day


The Bearers come forward to prepare to the coffin


Then to Henry Mancini’s score to Arabesque:


The coffin is carried from the chapel.
You are invited to follow the Coffin out to witness the departure of the hearse.

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