Cassilda's Song

from by Philip Stranger

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One of my favorite books, The King in Yellow, contains the lyrics to a song about a mythical city referred to in the stories. Having always wanted to hear the music that would have accompanied these lyrics, I wrote it because, well, no one else was doing it. One of my favorite songs and, by the way, that is my sister singing her best with a severe head cold.

Guest Vocalist: Cynthia
Music: Philip Stranger
Lyrics: Robert W. Chambers (from The King in Yellow)


Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink behind the lake,
The shadows lengthen

In Carcosa.

Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies,
But stranger still is

Lost Carcosa.

Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in

Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead,
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in

Lost Carcosa.


from Cassilda's Song, track released December 11, 2006


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