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monkey boy
03-12-2004, 05:46 PM
This is a bit I wrote a while back with an Irish tenor in mind. life and death issues but I hope 'tis appropos of St. Paddy's day - mb

My name is McMonk and I come from Kildee
and of recent I'm troubled by Eternity
so with hands at my back and my back to the bar
I'll sing you this song while young Meg plays guitar.

One night I awoke from a horrible dream
where around me the fell faceless ban sidhe did scream
and I woke in a sweat and a terrible fear
that my time was but short and the end draweth near.

Now I am a fit man of vigor and strength
and my lifespan's but half of its natural length
but the doom of the dream left me thinking instead
of how I'd comport myself after I'm dead.

I ceased other labor so I could take pains
to discover what's best for my mortal remains
My soul I must trust for I have no control
over where it goes next once I lay in the hole.

In this civilised land in a civilised age
some facts I uncovered did bend me to rage
For you can't have your body laid clean in the ground
without a steel coffin and concrete around.

How can you go back to the place where you came
when you're locked in a box with a stone for your name
I'd rather be feeding the roots of a tree
than vaulted in concrete for eternity.

I had a bleak thought of the whole human race
one by one passing on and still taking up space
For what further use is the vessel you've saved
why hold from the earth what the earth freely gave.

I'm left with one choice and I'll freely choose fire
if I can't have the ground I will take to the pyre
Like Youngblood before me I'll pass through the flame
and trust to my loved ones to carry my name.

My smoke will rise up and be took for my shade
and like mist in the sunshine I slowly will fade
My ashes to blow at the weathercock's whim
if I land in the water I'll have one last swim.

Now my throat is all parched and my tune has gone flat
and I'll trust ye leave copper in sweet Megan's hat
I'm all for a pint and a taste of the pure
and I'll sing no more dirge of the one thing that's sure.

laleesh
03-13-2004, 02:21 PM
wonderful!!! several extremely clever spots in this one, mb!

it's rather difficult though to get us (my mother thinks i'm one, so leave it alone) catholics to consent to the flame; we have to have a "place" for our dutiful families, to visit, clean, paint and pay for all their mortal lives until they move in!


you should see my mother's facial expression when i mention cremation! mine or, worse, hers!!!

LOL!
:)
laleesh

dreammagic
03-13-2004, 04:00 PM
This is lyrically excellent - could definitely hear this being sung in a traditional Irish melancholy vein. Highly evocative.

Phil

Hawk
03-13-2004, 06:22 PM
:D Love it!

monkey boy
03-13-2004, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by laleesh
wonderful!!! several extremely clever spots in this one, mb!

it's rather difficult though to get us (my mother thinks i'm one, so leave it alone) catholics to consent to the flame; we have to have a "place" for our dutiful families, to visit, clean, paint and pay for all their mortal lives until they move in!


you should see my mother's facial expression when i mention cremation! mine or, worse, hers!!!

LOL!
:)
laleesh thanks Lala - I'm an old Catholic boy meself and understand :) No reason you can't go up in smoke and still put a stone in the churchyard!
mb

monkey boy
03-13-2004, 09:21 PM
Originally posted by dreammagic
This is lyrically excellent - could definitely hear this being sung in a traditional Irish melancholy vein. Highly evocative.

Phil thank you Phil - if I was a singer I'd sing it meself! :)
mb

monkey boy
03-13-2004, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by Territorial Hawk
:D Love it! thank you Hawk! :)
mb

Yalith
03-17-2004, 11:55 AM
I agree--It's definitely got a musical quality to it.

monkey boy
03-17-2004, 02:42 PM
thanks, Yalith-Galadriel :)
mb

Yalith
03-17-2004, 02:51 PM
:) You're always welcome.
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