The Great Prophecy of a Small Man

by Modest Midget

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      €8.49 EUR  or more




released January 1, 2010

Performance credits:
Lionel (Lonny) Ziblat: Vocals, acoustic / electric / spanish guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, sample sequences
& percussion instruments.
Emiel de Jong: Clarinet, soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones on Troubles in Heaven, Evolution,
Jorge Knows & The Last Straw, and lead and harmony vocals on Troubles in Heaven.
Bas Wiegers: Violin on Troubles in Heaven & Evolution and vocals on Troubles in Heaven.
Vera van der Bie: String section on Baby.
Ilse Eijsink: Clarinets on Baby.
Oene van Geel: Viola on Jorge Knows.

All compositions, arrangements and texts by L Ziblat (ASCAP).
Produced, mixed and mastered by L Ziblat.

The titles Follow The Noise, Troubles in Heaven, Here I Go & Home Seek are available for pre-cleared
licensing through MPL Communications (McCartney Productions Limited):
Other tracks may be licensed directly through Modest Midget.

The cover art-work consists of excerts from Josefien Stoppelenburg’s painting The Sorcerer.



all rights reserved


Modest Midget Amsterdam, Netherlands

Starting as composer Lionel (Lonny) Ziblat's idea Modest Midget combines his love for Rock with his passion to classical music, theatre, film music and different folklore styles.
With this virtual band in mind he recorded an album which ended up growing into a real life band, a group of fine musicians that manage to bring this slightly weird sounding music to life in the form of a rock show.
... more

contact / help

Contact Modest Midget

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Contemporary Ache
Centuries ago today
Bach was playing keys all day
His mind was set to follow faith

Eighty years ago – they said
Jazz was moving fast ahead
To race and free your mind instead

Now it seems so strange how far we’ve come
Bach and Jazz can even get along

Forty years ago and more
(sgt) Pepper taught the band for sure
to sing there is no need for war

Suddenly I’m not the man
who used to want to hold your hand
I’m sorry but its time to go

Feels so strange to know the life we’ll miss
Standing on the edge of an abyss

Hate each-other, fight and kill and rape
Farts of a contemporary ape

Shook the world and warmed it up
Banji thinking prayed and jumped
I wonder what was on your mind

Far-cadelic music age
Commercial hits and human rage
There seems to be no human kind

Help me know whats right and move along
Certainly we’re doing something wrong
Track Name: Troubles In Heaven
Here, down on earth, you know
Some of us are dying and there’s nowhere to go
Here, far from you below
Trees that gave us apples, they are gone, they don’t grow no more

Here, up above the clouds
There are many angels unemployed
Here, far from all the crowd
Someone is annoyed
(something to avoid)
Many things destroyed
No humanoids

Here, far from you and me
Some of us drink coffee while some others have tea
See mobiles all around
Get inside the scene just buy a fax machine and see

See, see just what I mean,
Don’t be such a horrible disease
Bad, nasty and obscene
Forget about the scene
(people are so mean)
Nothing but a sin

Here far from you and me
Some of us are living but there's nowhere to be
Hear Mobiles all around
Trees that gave us apples buy a fax machine
Track Name: Back From My Trip
Travelling around the world I stumbled on a stone
Hurt my toe and went to cry to mummy on the phone
I wouldn't mind so much about the blisters on my foot
But man, this wound is rotten from the root!

Travelling around the world I came upon a plain
Not a sound was heard around, and no one was to blame
I sat down right there on the ground to have a little break
When suddenly I'm bitten by a snake!

When I came back from my trip a man was in my home
Accusing me of leaving there my place all on its own
I was getting ready just to kick a fellow but(t)…
I knew I could regret it quite a lot

And so my friends, our lesson from this story and this rip - off;
Save yourself from going on a trip!
Track Name: Home Seek
Time drifts away day by day
And I still don't seem to find my way
You come along every day
But you never seem to want to stay

Touch me
Hold me

Now I know just how you feel
You never wanted me and never will
Time stretches ages ahead
But I can't let you outside my head

I see you
Dream you
Touch you
Hold you

(I wanna be free)

Wandering ‘round on my own
I will see you when I find my home
You might not even be there
As long as I can go I just don’t care

Sail on (drift on)
Dream on
Take me (come on)
Hold me
Track Name: Here I Go
When I look at you there's sunshine in your eyes
When you look at me I smile, I don't know why
When I hear you I raise eyebrows on my ears
And I feel as if you're part of me for years

When I touch you girl I know that you are mine
(I) feel your fingers and I lose all sense of time
When I wake up next to you the sun begins to shine
Then you kiss me and I'm losing all my mind

Here I go again
I can't say just when
But someday you'll see
That from the start it was clear

Here I go and I
I can't tell you why
But we shouldn't care
Stare if you dare in my eyes
Track Name: Baby
Once I was a baby
Life did not seem to be so complicated
Tried to stand on two legs
Maybe make a foot step
Come and watch
If you like

Breathing air was something!
Not too much effort climbing into climax
Cry for small disasters
Mummy, flying monsters
Come with me
Come and see

You don’t smile as often now,
I can’t cry, I don’t know how..

My, these days are gone now,
Days when a fart or burp were not illegal
My, oh my, where´s mummy?
Monsters all around me!

Come to me
Set me free

Fears of what was still unknown,
Grew with time, though less is shown
Track Name: Evolution
Sitting on their trees
Getting tired of what they’ve been
A bunch of chimpanzee’s
Are evolving self esteem

Tired of who you are
Shattered dreams around your bed
Following a star
You decide to move ahead
Track Name: The Last Straw
Somewhere inside
Somewhere inside me
Lying around are the words I seek

Watch while I think
Think while you're watching
Holding my thoughts I will try to speak

Oh! Wasn't it funny?
What you can do with one small word?
Oh! Wasn't it painful?
This was the last straw I could afford

One summer day
One summer morning
I was still yawning when you called

You had my note
What could you answer?
Yes, I was listening but
You said no.

Oh! What can I tell you?
What a nice story I provoked
Oh my! She should have been here
We could be laughing at this joke.

Oh man! Sharpen your arrows
Load all your guns and tie the rope
Hang me! Burn me and shoot me
This is too much for me to cope

Everybody look around
Check out what's there to be found
Don't lose your chance.

Everybody make a wish
Everybody smile before
I say goodbye to you