Thursday, June 18, 2009

Doves

Doves.ogg Doves.mp3
I happen to like this one. A LOT. A better funeral song/memorial than “Funeral for a Friend”, in my humble opinion. Here's the thing: this song works for anybody with a shred of spirituality, even if you don't know what the lyrics are about. You can imagine that the doves are guardian angels, or animal spirits, or whatever works for you.


So what's it about? Willy had a neighbor who was a WWII vet. Used to work in the garden a lot, and there were a pair of doves that nested in the eaves of his house overlooking the garden. When the old man died, the doves disappeared and haven't been seen since.

When I got this it was four verses. I repeated the “doves” verse after William heard the first draft of the song. The thing that really makes it work is the 1st bridge that segues into the instrumental chorus, which is designed to remind you of birds in flight.

I just wish I could play or sing it well enough.


Doves
wmh (October 9, 2005)

The blind Minah bird, he mocks the dawn
Caged all day, still talks and sings a song
Deaf to morning, noon and night
Dreams of freedom and takes to flight

The doves don’t roost here anymore
Not now nor the year before
The nest abandoned while we sleep
Take perch in Eden then retreats

[1st bridge]

Seems paradise resides beyond the blue
Where there’s no substitute for the truth
Takes wing in disappearing light
And lets heaven’s eagle be the guide

[instrumental chorus]

The doves don’t roost here anymore
Not now nor the year before
The nest abandoned while we sleep
Take perch in Eden then retreats

[2nd bridge]

And if it’s truly all been done
What’s the use then to carry on
To pass the Rorschach test of life
To comprehend and just survive

[1st bridge]

For paradise resides beyond the blue
Where there’s no substitute for the truth
Takes wing in disappearing light
And lets heaven’s eagle be the guide

[instrumental chorus]

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