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Number Stations

A new song. It’s inspired by numbers stations, “a shortwave radio station characterized by broadcasts of formatted numbers, which are believed to be addressed to intelligence officers operating in foreign countries. Most identified stations use speech synthesis to vocalize numbers”. This got me thinking about clandestine communication and betrayal.

I heard chatter on the network.
But I couldn’t crack your code.
I was waiting defenceless
for your bombshells to explode.

If you’re here, there is a reason.
Your ciphers are all known.
To everything there is a season.
Now you’re here, your cover’s blown.

I don’t recall why we are enemies.
I don’t understand what we are fighting for.
I forgot my ideology,
half way across the bridge
in this cold, cold war.

You walked down to the checkpoint.
I saw graffiti on the wall.
You presented your false papers,
and the wall began to fall.

Words and music © Bruce Lawson 2020, all rights reserved.
Production and bass guitar: Shez of @silverlakemusic.

One Response to “ Number Stations ”

Comment by richard kell

As a kid my Dad had a v good domestic valve radio that covered short waves and also I was an avid SWL from say ten eleven years old, the sound of various ‘numbers stations’ has stuck with me still fifty years later, Lincolnshire Poacher theme, counting in German, the Lilly Bolero music, the ticking clock etc. Actually I quite fancy going on the air and recreating such nonsense !! 73 M0VRK

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