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    Look and Despair (new song)

    The Diver's Wife already has a thread so~



    Let's get some general discussion, lyric transcription and chord transcription going~

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    Lyric attempt:

    The cause is ours in (?)
    The map or sap or content
    Is sanded and bevelled,
    The land lorn and levelled
    By some unrecorded and powerful hand.

    Which plays along the monument
    And drums upon a plastic path.
    The brave men and women (?) to God
    And famous to all of the ages wrath.

    Sang:
    "Do you love me?
    Will you remember?"
    The snow falls above me.
    Around the hand, the rerounders.
    The event is in the hand.

    Oh God.

    Beneath a patch of grass
    Her bones the old Dutch master hid
    Will (?) to bias
    And the ancient disguise,
    Would the scholars surmise,
    Was a mother and kid.

    In turn with other daughters,
    In dirt in other potter's fields,
    Above them parades mark the passing of days
    To parks where pale colonades arch in marble and steel.

    Where all of the twenty-thousand attending your foot fall,
    And the cost of (?) died for her lost in the idling bird calls,
    And the records they left are cryptic at best
    Lost in obsolescence.
    The text will not yield, nor x-ray reveal
    With any fluorescence
    Where the hand of the master begins and ends.

    I fell, I tried to do well but I won't be
    Go tell the one that I love to remember and hold me
    I call, I call for the doctor,
    But the snow swallows me whole with la flurry of water,
    And the event lives only in print.

    He said:
    "It's alright,
    And it's all over now,
    And (?)
    Is built unfastened
    The boy was known to show unusual (?)"
    And called a boy
    "This older man confounding (?)
    In whose employ contaminant (?)

    Always a standard
    To which the wise and honest so may repair,
    To which a hunter,
    A hundred years from now, may look and despair
    And see with wonder
    The tributes we have left to rust in the parks
    Wearing red her hair
    Stood up and to siege on purring mitchell depart ()

    For the Western front where I walk.
    My God.
    (?)
    God.
    I will the hunter to decipher the start,
    And what lies, I know, the city is dark

    So look and despair.
    Look and despair.
    Last edited by Andrew; 10-15-2012 at 01:30 PM.

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    That's one of the best Joanna songs I've heard. Can't wait to hear an official recording.

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    keeping the lyric discussion/deciphering going here

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    and it sounds like all our lives Kari's Avatar
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    !!!! The super high notes are craazy.

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    HOLY SHIT IT'S INCREDIBLE

    It sounds like nothing I've ever heard from her before, which has me SO excited for a new album.

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    That's so Shakespearean... Canoodlefish's Avatar
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    Who else uses "obsolescence" in a song?

    Can't wait for her new album too. Three-CD again?
    "Never build a dungeon that you cannot get out of."

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    ^ She also used "fluorescence," and then "phosphoresce" in Diver's Wife. It's like she was writing and thought, "Wow, all these similar-sounding words would be awesome in songs."

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    That's so Shakespearean... Canoodlefish's Avatar
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    This has been on repeat since this morning! Someone referred to Ozymandias in youtube, no wonder "Look and despair" rang familiar; that was one of the poems we had to analyze back in my undergraduate years. Ah how I miss it...
    "Never build a dungeon that you cannot get out of."

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    ^ The first line does sound like she's saying, "The cause is Ozymandian..."

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    That's so Shakespearean... Canoodlefish's Avatar
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    Her fourth album and she's tackling politics?
    "Never build a dungeon that you cannot get out of."

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    The song seems to be about John Purroy Mitchel.

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    I love the new song, I'll probably listen to it over and over all day!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    ^ The first line does sound like she's saying, "The cause is Ozymandian..."
    Could it be "The course is Ozymandian"? I don't actually hear her saying "course", but I think it would fit in with the lyrics at the beginning.

    I hear this in some of the missing parts:

    "It's alright,
    And it's all over now,
    And (?)
    Is built unfastened
    The boy was known to show unusual daring"
    And called a boy
    "This older man confounding (?)
    In whose employ contaminant (?) proceed to join force

    So we all raise a standard
    To which the wise and honest so may repair,
    Black Diamond finally confessed

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    If you haven't been following the milkymoon thread, here're the lyrics as we have them currently:

    The cause is Ozymandian.
    The mapa sacro continent
    is sanded and bevelled,
    the land lone and levelled
    by some unrecorded and powerful hand

    which plays along the monument
    and drums upon a plastic bag.
    The brave men and women, so dear to God
    and famous to all of the ages' rag,

    sang:
    "Do you love me?
    Will you remember?"
    The snow falls above me.
    Around the hand, the rerounders. (?)
    The event is in the hand of God.

    Beneath a patch of grass, her
    bones the old Dutch master hid.
    Well, I swear Tobias
    and the angel disguise
    what the scholars surmised was a mother and kid

    interred with other daughters
    in dirt in other potters' fields.
    Above them, parades
    mark the passing of days
    through parks where pale colonnades arch in marble and steel,

    where all of the twenty-thousand attending your foot fall
    and the causes they died for are lost in the idling bird calls,
    and the records they left are cryptic at best,
    lost in obsolescence.
    The text will not yield, nor x-ray reveal
    with any fluorescence
    where the hand of the master begins and ends.

    I fell, I tried to do well but I won't be.
    Go tell the one that I love to remember and hold me.
    I call, I call for the doctor
    but the snow swallows me whole with ole Florry Walker
    and the event lives only in print.

    He said:
    "It's alright,"
    and "It's all over now,"
    and boarded the plane,
    his belt unfastened;
    the boy was known to show unusual daring.
    And, called a “boy”,
    this older man confounding Tammany Hall
    (In whose employ
    King Tamanend himself preceded John’s fall).

    So we all raise a standard
    to which the wise and honest so may repair,
    to which a hunter,
    a hundred years from now, may look and despair
    and see with wonder
    the tributes we have left to rust in the parks,
    swearing that our hair stood on end
    to see John Purroy Mitchel depart

    for the Western front where my work might count.
    O mercy! O God! (?)
    I will the hunter to decipher the stone
    and what lies under. The city is gone.

    So look and despair.
    Look and despair.
    (?) denotes a line that is particularly unstable here.
    Last edited by Andrew; 10-16-2012 at 04:15 PM.

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    and it sounds like all our lives Kari's Avatar
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    she's seriously one of the best writers out there. Those lyrics alone are just incredible.

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