Odes to Melancholy

Lyrics

1. Mist on the Road

mist on the road
ragged and cold
feeling so old
mist on the road

the rain and the wind
know where I've been
my every sin
the rain and the wind

the town I left behind
forever fills my mind
and love was never blind
mist on the road

cry on the hill
breaking my will
world standing still
the cry on the hill

knife in my wound
dawn breaking soon
cry of a lone loon
knife in my wound

the town I left behind
forever fills my mind
and love was never blind
mist on the road

never return
forever yearn
watching her burn
mist on the road

mist on the road
ragged and cold
feeling so old
mist on the road

2. Coralie

Coralie
her eyes were ocean blue
her hair the golden hue
of falling autumn leaves
the dying autumn trees
they knew that we were true
now they will help me through
my Coralie

in the morning sun
I've wept and now I'm done
beneath a pale blue sky
I'll laugh as they go by
the birds ready to leave
they know not how to grieve
they know they'll come again
though maybe not quite when

Coralie
her eyes were ocean blue
her hair the golden hue
of falling autumn leaves
the dying autumn trees
they knew that we were true
now they will help me through
my Coralie

as the sun goes down
the wind is still around
the stars light one by one
remind me of nights gone
when Coralie and I
embraced the autumn sky
I'll say at last farewell
to autumn's binding spell

Coralie
her eyes were ocean blue
her hair the golden hue
of falling autumn leaves
the dying autumn trees
they knew that we were true
now they will help me through
my Coralie

3. Green to Locker

I'm setting sail
I'm going away
where life won't find me
or light of day
I'm setting sail
from where I met her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

driven out
not by decree
but by this heart
that torments me
I'm driven out
from where I loved her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

trapped in a storm
in the eye of the calm
my back is aching
rope burns my palms
trapped in a storm
since when I left her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

I curse the wind
that tore her from life
eye on the horizon
still grasping the knife
I curse the wind
that tore me from her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

the salty sea
will clean the sand
but it won't wash away
the blood on my hands
the salty sea
will take me from her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

I'm setting sail
I'm going away
where life won't find me
or light of day
I'm setting sail
from where I slew her
from Fiddler's Green
to Jones's Locker
to Jones's Locker

4. No More Trees

remember me?
I held you close
under the leaves of that old tree
gave you my heart
carved it in the bark
of that old forgotten tree

underneath
whispering leaves
we watched the starlit eve
before the rain
came and washed away
all the leaves from the trees

see the grass grow long
see the birds fly by
listen to their song
before they die

remember me?
I held you close
under the tree's leafless crown
resting our heads
on the ancient roots
before
before they cut it down

see the grass grow long
see the birds fly by
listen to their song
before they die

baby, hold me close
baby, take my hand
'cause what's going on
I just can't understand

remember me?
I held you close
under that old forgotten tree
but what about now?
where can we go?
'cause baby, there's no more trees

5. Moonchild

you came to me through the dark
you know you left your mark
deep in my heart
before you tore it apart
sweet moonchild

in the shade of a tree
you made love to me
in the moonlight
you were dazzling bright
sweet moonchild

maybe you smiled
I know your eyes were wild
your breath so fast
as time flew past
sweet moonchild

I heard you weep
felt your nails dig deep
you taught me to see
true ecstasy
sweet moonchild

lay down by my side
waiting for the tide
to come in again
and wash away all the pain
sweet moonchild

walked away through the dark
you know you left your mark
deep in my heart
before you tore it apart
sweet moonchild
sweet moonchild

6. Take You Away

you felt so cool
in the shade
your lips upon me
like a blade

your face so pale
beneath the moon
we'll be joined
oh so soon

lovers beneath a neon moon
lovers beneath a neon moon
lovers beneath a neon moon
tonight

what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
I'll die

I hate myself
for loving you
so many times
we've been through

you're part of me
I can't deny
without you
I'm just a lie

when you're with me, I drift away
when you're with me, I drift away
when you're with me, I drift away
and fly

what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
I'll die

my love for you is killing me
we're always one, I can't be free
but I need you just to survive
I never really was alive

my heart beats so fast
when you're not here
I feel my sweat
my cold fear

I lie alone
tortured soul
the hope I had
I've spent it all

but we were
lovers beneath a neon moon
lovers beneath a neon moon
lovers beneath a neon moon
tonight

what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
what will I do when they take you away?
I'll die

7. Song for a Thunderstorm

sitting here
listening to the rain
on the roof
watching the grey
of the sky
falling twilight
and evening's on its way

pounding rain
crashing thunder
but inside
the silence is to stay
so still
quiet as the night
and evening's on its way

a summer's day so warm
but lost in the storm
emotions wander endlessly
when the storm has gone
life will go on
but for this moment I'll remember thee

washed away
all of my pain
will be tomorrow
by light of day
but under dark
of thunderstorms
evening's on its way

a summer's day so warm
but lost in the storm
emotions wander endlessly
when the storm has gone
life will go on
but for this moment I'll remember thee

sitting here
listening to the rain
on the roof
watching the grey
of the sky
falling twilight
and evening's on its way

8. For the Parson's Daughter

waiting by the water
for the parson's daughter
moonbeams on the water
for the parson's daughter

innocence and laughter
for the parson's daughter
whispered oaths for after
for the parson's daughter

splashing by the water
for the parson's daughter
white silk stocks and garter
for the parson's daughter

strangled sounds of laughter
for the parson's daughter
blood drops on the water
for the parson's daughter

new lambs for the slaughter
for the parson's daughter
screaming by the water
for the parson's daughter

gravesite by the water
for the parson's daughter

9. Silver Linings

legends come
legends go
heroes are born
heroes grow old
but there's some things
you and I know
that last forever
for aeons untold

the greatest story
the longest tale
all have their end
they all have their day
but there's a story
that always goes on
after shields splinter
and swords rust away

skies of blue
skies of grey
starlight and sunshine
lightning and rain
among them all
bright as the day
silver linings
hearts of gold
silver linings
hearts of gold

come, darling
come, take my hand
follow my eyes
high up to the skies
the clouds may be black
but there's silver beyond
tonight it me rain
but tomorrow it shines

skies of blue
skies of grey
starlight and sunshine
lightning and rain
among them all
bright as the day
silver linings
hearts of gold
silver linings
hearts of gold

Notes

Cover artwork from openclipart.org.

All lyrics and music by Ben B. Bainton.

Recorded in March 2010 with Traverso, running on a Debian GNU/Linux system. My thanks go to the creators of these and all other works of Free Software.

Sounds created with a Korg N1R synth (played with a Kawai FS750 keyboard) and an LTD EC-1000 electric guitar (with a Roland Micro Cube amp). Vocals recorded with an old orange Luxor mike, bought, to my recollection, from a supermarket in the 80's.