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Idris sings Idris

telefan with MultiTrack DAW on September 26, 2012 23:04

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    I came across a poem by Idris Davies (Welsh poet, teacher, miner)and thought the words felt so powerful that it would be interesting to try to put them to music. Idris Davies worked with me, and this is the result. Idris does the vocal, acoustic, and slide. I came cam up with the basic track.

    Idris Davies (6 January 1905 – 6 April 1953) Welsh Poet.

    A Victorian Portrait

    You stood behind your Bible 
    And thundered lie on lie, 
    And your roaring shook your beard 
    And the brow above your eye.

    There was squalor all around you 
    And disaster far ahead, 
    And you roared the fall of Adam 
    To the dying and the dead.

    You built your slums, and fastened 
    Your hand upon your heart 
    And warned the drab illiterate 
    Against all useless art.

    And you died upon the Sabbath 
    In bitterness and gloom, 
    And your lies were all repeated 
    Above your gaudy tomb.

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