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    fights battles for no one Nora's Avatar
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    Wow, this is a gorgeous song. I can't wait to see what she brings next.

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    she might not be so bold fullofwish's Avatar
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    Holy crap, its beautiful

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    This is unsurprisingly beautiful. As Owen said, how does she keep coming up with these lyrics, especially considering how long the Ys and HOoM songs are? I'm so glad her brain works the way it does.

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    This is so perfect. I'm in love with the rhyme scheme, especially the phosphoresce/infinite regress / rise/infinite capsize parts. The harp is some of her most beautiful, her imagery is spot-on as ever, the vocal melody has me stunned, this is just everything I could want from a Newsom song.

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    I've just read it. Genius. I can't... I don't even.

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    I wish this were in MP3 format somewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I wish this were in MP3 format somewhere!
    Here, I ripped it from that Tumblr and uploaded it to Mediafire for you guys:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?tzqds1um5dmoe3m
    Enjoy!

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    You can also download right from Tumblr: http://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_m68sldfWC61qczpspo1.mp3

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    it's a long long climb Kari's Avatar
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    Thanks all!

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    I can't stop listening. It's classic Joanna: impenetrable at first, but revealing its beauty more and more with every listen.

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    Oh, and I think it's

    You do not take her for a siren
    And anchor on a stone
    Alone, unfaceted and fine.
    And never will I wail...

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    to count your way across the depths of this arid world.
    Well, you will yoke the waves that lay a bed of shining pearls.

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    What is the Milky Moon forum?
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    Ooh, Dan, I like your lyric changes. I do hear "siren," so wail would make sense in that context. The only thing I'm still drawing a blank on is the line about the sand...

    A diver is my own 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 form?
    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 this arid world
    Well, you will yoke the waves that lay a bed of shining pearls

    I dream it every night
    The ringing of the ______
    The motes of sand dislodge the shocking, _____ bright
    That ______ 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 siren
    In anchor on the stone alone, unfaceted and fine

    And never will I wail
    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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    BTW, here's another audio source for the song from the same show.


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