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Andrew
10-15-2012, 11:51 AM
The Diver's Wife already has a thread so~


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cRuPSf2Zh34

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

Andrew
10-15-2012, 12:31 PM
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 (;l)

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.

Gale
10-15-2012, 12:54 PM
That's one of the best Joanna songs I've heard. Can't wait to hear an official recording. <3

Andrew
10-15-2012, 02:28 PM
keeping the lyric discussion/deciphering going here (http://www.fromamouth.com/milkymoon/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=830&sid=8920e3da53e058548a71c0e8956c64d7)

Hannah.
10-15-2012, 05:48 PM
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.

Canoodlefish
10-15-2012, 06:30 PM
Who else uses "obsolescence" in a song? ;l

Can't wait for her new album too. Three-CD again?

Ryan
10-16-2012, 12:36 AM
^ 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." ;l

Canoodlefish
10-16-2012, 04:10 AM
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...

Ryan
10-16-2012, 04:20 AM
^ The first line does sound like she's saying, "The cause is Ozymandian..."

Canoodlefish
10-16-2012, 05:00 AM
Her fourth album and she's tackling politics? ;l

Ryan
10-16-2012, 05:03 AM
The song seems to be about John Purroy Mitchel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Purroy_Mitchel).

May H
10-16-2012, 10:31 AM
I love the new song, I'll probably listen to it over and over all day!


^ 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,

Andrew
10-16-2012, 11:42 AM
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.

Stone
10-16-2012, 02:26 PM
I'm not crazy about the new song, but that doesn't worry me because that always happens with Joanna. Very excited for a new album! Is there a tentative date or any other info?

Andrew
10-16-2012, 04:26 PM
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