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Another from the archives. This was based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", Act III, Scene 5. After the characters first consumate their love, Romeo lingers in Juliet's bedroom. Romeo claims to hear the song of a lark, signifying morning and Juliet tries to persuade him that what he heard was a nightingale.


Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day:
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear;
Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate-tree:
Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.


It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east:
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
I must be gone and live, or stay and die.

As you can hear, I didn't sing the dialogue from the play, but merely used that scene as the inspiration for the lyrics, trying to capture a lyrical sense of language, as well as the interplay between the two characters.
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The Nightingale

Rise not, my love
'Twas only the nightingale
Sings he the nightingale
'Til dawn wakes the lark

Fear not my love
For stars continue shining
Stars are only shining
When the skies are dark

Stay ye, my love
And give me warmth embracing
Lips not part embracing
We're lovers at night

Hear ye, my love
The song is not the nightingale
Claim ye not the nightingale
And dawn steals my right

Quickly my love
And hasten from my warm embrace
O get ye from my warm embrace
And flee into the dawn

Alone without my love
And wishing songs of nightingale
The morrow brings the nightingale
And with it loving one.
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thetiler said 4634 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
He Joanna
wow, a guitar picker! Nice arpeggios, like the romance of the tune. I am a
sucker for lyrics such as that.

Love the feeling that emanates from your soul. You have a such a
testimony with words. It's like you were born to be a lover of words. Love
the bringing out your talents in deed.

Thanks so much for sharing. Get playin That guitar!!!!
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drakonis said 4633 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
a ballad-like folk tune from you, with a very nicely played guitar! It is
such a pretty melody that it didn't seem to need a chorus, sounded great
as-is. Nice intimate singing, but a lot of room noise. Funny, but since
this is more of a dialogue, it sounded a little quiet with just you, it
sounded like you needed to have a Romeo there with you too... :)
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Joanna said 4633 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Tiler & Drak
Thank you, Tiler, you're such a great guy, and to get a compliment
from you on my guitar playing is too much for me to handle. As for
loving words, guilty as charged. I've always been that way and always
will be. From birth, as you said.

And thank you, Drak! There was a lot of room noise. Apparently, the
upstairs neighbors were blasting some music, among other problems. I
complain about it elsewhere on the tape. I believe the quote was, "The
neighbors are yomping on my head!!" As for the song, it would make a
nice duet, wouldn't it? Something to think about.
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MunichG said 4622 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Good lyrics, nice tune
I like the text and the way you sing it, like every word has a definite
meaning in relation to the whole piece. I can see what thetiler means, you
do have a connection with your lyrics. I've never tried to write lyrics and it
seems difficult to me, but you seem to do it very naturally. The emphasis
on pronunciation, accent and dynamics works very well too. Great!
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