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The Cross-Roads



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Once more a poem by Henry Lawson
This one is perhaps close to the heart.
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The Cross-Roads Poem by Henry Lawson
Music Franciscus Henri
BMG / Albert Music

Once more I write a line to you’
While darker shadows fall;
Dear friends of mine who have been true,
And steadfast through it all
If I have written bitter Rhymes,
With many lines that halt,
And if I have been false at times
It was not my fault
To Heaven’s decree I would not bow
And I sank very low –
The bitter things are written now,
And I must let them go.
But I feel softened as I write:
The softer spirit springs,
And I am very sad tonight
Because of many things
The friendships that I have abused,
The trust I did betray,
The talents that I have misused
The gifts I threw away
The things that did me little good
And - well my cheeks might burn-
The kindly letters that I should
Have answered in return.
But you might deem them answered now,
And answered from the heart;
And injured friends will understand
‘Tis I who feel the smart,
But I have done with barren strife
And dark imaginings,
And in my future work and Life
Will seek the better things.
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Uploaded: Nov 07, 2016 - 08:51:33 PM
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2016 - 08:51:33 PM Last Played: Feb 15, 2017 - 11:01:33 PM
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Philip18 said 141 days ago (November 7th, 2016)
The Cross-Roads
Moving poem and sensitive performance. Gentle guitar and warm vocal sit well with the other instruments you use. I like it a lot!
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Franciscus_Henri said 138 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Thanks Phil
took this one back to the more "conventional"
The words are deep so didn't wan the music to "get in the way"
Daugrin said 140 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Hannah Companion
The mine yer working here is still high grade ore. The Lawson pieces fit together, the production supports each outing perfectly.
Thanks for sharing yer work with us here.

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Franciscus_Henri said 138 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Lawson the forgotten poet
He is more remembered for the classic Oz ballad..I find his personal reflection far more inspiring. He was a sensitive, troubled man.
richard13 said 140 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Absolutely beautiful
A wonderful, poignant poem sung by your incredibly warm, intimate articulate voice over a stunning low-key backer (I love the subtleties of the accompaniment) make this a real gem. Like Philip, I like it a lot. Thank you.
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Franciscus_Henri said 138 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Thanks for listening
a poignant poem indeed!
Like I said in my notes..very close to what I have felt some times.

Warren Smith said 139 days ago (November 9th, 2016)
Measuring things up
Music and poem nicely matched .. and delivered with the an appropriate nuance of melancholy. When one examines the past and isn't happy about the way things measures up .. all you can do is vow to do better in the future.
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Franciscus_Henri said 138 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Thank you Warren
You're rightit's a long and winding r.....
Doug Somers said 139 days ago (November 9th, 2016)
I like how you capture a sense of a private performance. This one is very well sung with much feeling and vocal control throughout. A most satisfying listen!
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Franciscus_Henri said 138 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Thanks Doug
The poem was there and I just had to do it.
paul f. page said 137 days ago (November 11th, 2016)
...is top drawer!!!
Your sensitive rendering of this poignant lyric and the gentle accompaniment are just perfect and so very pleasant to hear this morning. Bitter-sweet, to be sure, but so sensitively portrayed. I was especially taken at around 1:55 when you suddenly modulated to a higher key. That provided the perfect "lift" right there. So satisfying. Beautiful song. Beautiful performance of it.
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Franciscus_Henri said 136 days ago (November 12th, 2016)
Thank you Paul
Thank you so much for your praise and compliments.
I always appreciate your comments and insight into other musicians music.
PeterB7858 said 135 days ago (November 13th, 2016)
The Cross-Roads
Subtle, sensitive performance and arrangement, Franc. Lawson's poem is deeply reflective and self-judgemental but, luckily he see's a light at the end of the tunnel. You have captured the mood perfectly. Wonderful work. Thanks.
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Franciscus_Henri said 135 days ago (November 13th, 2016)
Thanks Peter
I prefer his reflective work to the more popular ballads of the Bush
There was a lot going on there.
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