Song: Of Secret Things

Discovered WillemWillem’s upload and instantly liked it. My singing isn’t polished but he did say “sing whatever comes to their minds”. I went looking for inspiration in the public domain records. The first three stanzas were entirely from William Seymour’s “When Beauty Came to You” while I took two lines from E. H. Visiak’s “Lamps and Lantern” for the chorus.

OF SECRET THINGS
Of Secret Things
by Ivan Chew.
2010 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0). Uses samples from Quark (working title) by WillemWillem.

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LYRICS: OF SECRET THINGS
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* If Beauty came to you,
would you know her grace,
could you in your shadowed prison
View unscathed her face?

* Stepping noiselessly
As moving moth-wings, so
Might she come suddenly to you or me
And we not know.

* Amid these clangs and cries,
Alas, how should we hear
The shy, dim-woven music of her sighs
As she draws near,

[CHORUS]
We drank our wines
And danced our dreams
We sang the songs of lonely kings
Chinese lanterns, paper globes+
Dragon Gods in tissue robes+

We rode the beam up to the moon
And watched the jasmine flowers bloom.
Tea cups, gold pins, silver rings
Of love, of life, of secret things

[BREAK]
She kissed me when she said good-bye

Inspired/ Remixed from poems in the Public Domain (archive.org):
* “If Beauty Came to You” by William Kean Seymour (1887 – 1975);
+ “Lamps and Lanterns” by E. H. Visiak (Edward Harold Physick, 1878 – 1972).
See http://ia341317.us.archive.org/2/items/miscpoetry00chesuoft/miscpoetry00chesuoft.txt

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