Ballads of Living and Dying

Fifty Five Falls

And I say to the day, why you drop down to die,

with fifty five falls, and seventy skies.

And I say to the say, why this Ballad of Brine,

with Mayflower May, and her monocled eye

Oh, Where she lies, gently close her eyes.

Oh, where she lies, gently close her eyes. Oh damn July!

Oh, I had a friend, I remember her well,

with sad little hands, and a sad sickle cell.

Oh, I had a friend, her ship sailed away,

t’was fifty five falls ago to this day.

Oh, where she lies, gently close her eyes.

Oh, where she lies, gently close her eyes. Oh, damn July!

 

And I say to the day, why’d you drop down to die.

With fifty five falls, and seventy skies.

And I say to the day, why this ballad of brine,

with Mayflower May, and her monocled eye.

 

Hay Tantos Muertos – pablo neruda

Hay tantos muertos
Y tantos malecones
Que el sol rojo partia

Hay tantos muertos
Y tantas cabezas
Que golpean los buques

Hay tantos muertos

Y tantas manos
Que han encerrado besos

Hay tantos muertos
Y tantas cosas
Que quiero olvidar

 

Stallions

Mother, the stallions are running wild.

Save me your evil thoughts of mind.

Lord, I try my best to save you from your mind.

Mother, the table’s dressed in white.

Save me your evil thoughts of mind.

I try my best to save you from your mind.

 

Undertaker

I was your undertaker, and I was your highway girl.

I was your bitter taste of every other world.

You wake in the maddening morning.

You wake in the fire light twirl.

You wait for your funny dancer,

from every other world.

And I was your undertaker.

I was your ivory girl.

I was your bitter taste of every other world.

I wait for the trains to ride me back

to some highway world.

I wait for the trains to ride me back,

to some other world.

 

Box Of CedarĀ 

Seven winters past and gone,

I once was young and I once was strong

Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

 

Six fine times I felt my knees

buckle to your sweet release

Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

 

Five times tried to conjure you,

a letter or a note or clue

Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

 

And I’m gonna tell everybody I know

that I’m glad to see you

And I’m gonna tell everybody I know

that I’m glad to see you

even though you’re comin home in a Box of Cedar

 

For four year you courted I

your raven hair your brittle bride

Shanaddee

 

Three more times I tried to find

A lover to match your sweet kind

Shanaddee

 

And I’m gonna tell everybody I know

that I’m glad to see you

And I’m gonna tell everbody I know

that I’m glad to see you

even though you’re coming home in a Box of Cedar

 

One am I to fill these rooms

and wake each morn to the drone of doom

Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

Seven winters past and gone

I once was young and I once was strong

Shanaddee

 

Bird Song

If I call your name at midnight

oh, you would not be there

If I call your name at midnight

oh, you would not be there.

You said my name so sweetly,

oh the one time that you called

oh you said my name so sweetly

that I took my clothes all off

Oh, the birds are calling

and I do not believe for me

Oh, the birds are calling

and I do not believe for me

Yes I do not believe for me

 

I thought I saw you walking

with your trenchcoat in the rain

Yes I thought I saw you driving

down the streets past me again

 

Yes I drank the table under

and I drank your bitter wine

Yes I drank the table under

and I drank your bitter wine

 

Oh the bells are ringing

and I do not believe for me

Oh the bells are ringing

and I do not believe for me

yes I do not believe for me

 

I walk on every Monday

with your memory so clear

yes I walk on vagrant runways

and think of how your near

 

Mayflower May

Without a lover, without a friend

Without a savior, without a friend

Without a lover, without a friend

Mayflower walked away, away towards the air

 

And if you see her, call out her name

And if you hear her, out in the rain,

Mayflower May belle, May was her name

 

Without a lover, without a friend

Without a savior, without a friend

Without a lover, without a care

Mayflower walked away, away towards the air

 

And if you see her, call out her name

And if you hear her, out in the rain,

Mayflower May belle, May was her name

 

Days of Rum

She knew you in the time,

she was young and yearned to die.

She’d gaze at the light

in the corner in the night.

 

And the men would come to her

in the dead of old winter.

In the doldrums it was fine

to touch her body and her mind.

 

singing “dum, ditty dum, days of fun, days of rum”

singing “dum, ditty dum, days of fun, days of rum”

 

Scarlett in the wine, raise the bloody vine

oh she knew you in the time

she was young and yearned to die

but the roses never came

she was just some winter rain

and in her bed she lay

and she dreamt of a dying day

 

Singing “dum ditty dum, days of fun, days of rum”

singing “dum ditty dum, days of fun, days of rum”

 

Virginia

The waves against the folds of my face

as I start to drown.

Oh the waves rush against the folds of my face

as I start to drown,

Oh Virginia, Virginia, die

 

In winter the water will wash up above the water side

In winter the water will wash above the water side

 

Oh Virgina, Virginia, Virginia die

With rocks in your pockets you walk up above

the waterside

With rocks in your pockets you walk above

the waterside

Oh Virgina, Virgina, Virginia dies

The waves rush against the folds of my face

as I start to fall

oh the waves rush against the folds of my face

as I start to fall

 

Oh Virgina, Virginia, Virginia falls

 

Annabel Lee- Edgar Allen Poe

It was many and many a year ago
In a kingdom by the sea
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee

And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me
I was a child and she was a child
In this kingdom by the sea

But we loved with a love that was more than love
I and my Annabel Lee
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me

And this was the reason that, long ago

In this kingdom by the sea

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee

So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me
To shut her up in a sepulcher
In this kingdom by the sea

It was many and many a year ago
In a kingdom by the sea
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee