Dante's Prayer

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By Antigone on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 - 01:54 am:

    Dante's Prayer
    by Loreena McKennitt

    When the dark wood fell before me
    And all the paths were overgrown
    When the priests of pride say there is no other way
    I tilled the sorrows of stone.

    I did not believe because I could not see
    Though you came to me in the night
    When the dawn seemed forever lost
    You showed me your love in the light of the stars.

    Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me.

    Then the mountain rose before me
    By the deep well of desire
    From the fountain of forgiveness
    Beyond the ice and the fire.

    Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me

    Though we share this humble path, alone
    How fragile is the heart
    Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
    To touch the face of the stars.

    Breathe life into this feeble heart
    Lift this mortal veil of fear
    Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
    We'll rise above these earthly cares.

    Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me.....Please remember me.

By hydrozoa on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 - 04:43 pm:

    ecch. i hate that song.

    no offense.

    southern trees bear strange fruit
    blood on the leaves, blood at the root

    black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
    strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

    pastoral scene of the gallant south
    the bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

    the scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
    then the sudden smell of burning flesh

    here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
    for the rain to gather
    for the wind to suck
    for the sun to rot
    for the tree to drop
    here is a strange and bitter crop

    hailed far and wide as "billie holiday's personal protest against racism." i was really upset when i found out that she didn't write it.


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