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    The Diver's Wife (new song)

    So Joanna performed a new song called (apparently, I'm not 100% sure on this) "The Diver's Wife" last night at her concert with Philip Glass. Hopefully a recording of it will surface!

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    OOOOH NEW JOANNA SONG HOORAY!!!

    I am excited!

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    !!!!!!!!! OMG! I'm hope someone made a recording. New songs and, eventually, a new album! *hopes*

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    ^ I hope so too! What good news!

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    I wish I could understand all the words.

    Tell me why is the pain of birth
    Lighter born (?) than the pain of death
    I ain't saying that I loved you first
    But I loved you best

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    Zomg!

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    Ann from the Milky Moon forum has worked out some lyrics, and I've included a few changes.

    A diver is my love
    (and I am his if I am to be deceived),
    who takes one breath above for every hour below the sea,
    who gave to me a jewel,
    worth twice this woman's life
    though it cost her less
    than laying at low tide to see her true love phosphoresce.

    And in an infinite regress,
    tell me why is the pain of birth
    lighter borne than the pain of death?
    I ain't saying that I loved you first,
    but I loved you best.

    I know we must abide
    each by the rules that bind us here.
    The divers and the sailors and the women on the pier.
    How do you choose your thought?
    How do you choose your name?
    How do you choose your life?
    How do you choose the time you must exhale and kick and rise?

    And in an infinite capsize,
    like a boat tearing down the coast,
    double hulls, bearing double masts.
    I don't know if you loved me most,
    but you loved me last.

    Recall the word you gave
    to count your way across the depths of the severing (?) world.
    Well, you will look (?) the waves that lay a bed of shining pearls.
    I dream it every night,
    the ringing of the pale. (?)
    The motes of sand dislodge the shocking, cooking (?) bright,
    That 'tween the cast-off shells reveal a single heart of white.

    And in an infinite backslide,
    ancient boulders sink past the west,
    like a sword at the bearer's fall.
    I can't claim that I knew you best,
    but did you know me at all?

    A woman is a lie, a woman is a lie.
    You do not take her for a sign in anchor on the stone (?)
    I know not, faceted and fine.
    And never will I weep.
    I'll hunt the pearl of death
    to the bottom of my life,
    and ever hold my breath 'til I may be the diver's wife.

    See how the infinite divides,
    and the divers are not to blame
    for the rift spanning distant shores.
    You don't know my name,
    but I know yours.

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    It's so good! It's like Ys and HOOM had a baby!!

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    How does she keep coming up with such incredible lyrics? She's one of the finest lyricists around, no doubt.

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    I love that it's more boat and ocean imagery, which makes me think of Sawdust & Diamonds and Colleen.

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    SHE USES PHOSPHORESCE AS A VERB IN A SONG I CAN'T EVEN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    It's so good! It's like Ys and HOOM had a baby!!
    Put "Swansea" into the mix, and those are my thoughts exactly.

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    wow, those lyrics are truly amazing.

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    Well, my guess was phosphoresce, but I can't be sure. It seems likely considering she's talking about jewels in the previous line.

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