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Here Lies Love is an upcoming concept album made in collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos and her relationship with a servant from her childhood. The album will feature 22 guest vocalists and it is expected to be released in 2009 under Nonesuch Records. Byrne confirmed in his blog that he has collaborated with Cyndi Lauper on one of the tracks, and described her performance as "amazingly fine-tuned" and "very impressive." Tori Amos, Candie Payne and Martha Wainwright will be also featured on the album. Amos will provide vocals on the title track "Here Lies Love". Nicole Atkins stated in an interview with the A.V. Club that she will be one of the guest vocalists on the album.

On a recent interview with Interview Magazine, Byrne confirmed that Sharon Jones and Santigold would also appear on the album.

My Brightest Diamond will also appear on the album.

The album is already listed on the HMV online store, but no release date has been confirmed yet.

Live performances

The song cycle has been performed live four times. It debuted at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in Adelaidemarker, Australia on March 10, 2006 with additional dates on March 13 and March 14, and was also performed live at the Carnegie Hallmarker in New York Citymarker on February 3, 2007 as part of the Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series.

Scene structure

Prologue:
  1. "Here Lies Love"
Act I: "Flashback - Early Days":
  1. "Every Drop of Rain"
  2. "You'll Be Taken Care Of"
  3. "The Rose of Tacloban"
  4. "How Are You?"
  5. "A Perfect Hand"
  6. "Eleven Days"
Act II: "The Climb to Power":
  1. "Walk Like a Woman"
  2. "Don't You Agree?"
  3. "Ladies in Blue"
  4. "When She Passed By"
  5. "A Pretty Face"
  6. "A Whole Man"
  7. "American Troglodyte"
  8. "Dancing Together"
Act III: "The Turning Point":
  1. "Men Will Do Anything"
  2. "Never So Big"
  3. "Please Don't"
Act IV: "The Fall":
  1. "Solano Avenue"
  2. "Seven Years"
  3. "Order 1081"
  4. "Why Don't You Love Me?"
  5. "Here Lies Love" (Reprise)


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