The Elegiac Repose

by Valentine Wolfe

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released August 26, 2017

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Valentine Wolfe Greenville, South Carolina

Two morbidly fascinated musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.

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Track Name: Sin Eater
Sin Eater

I am your sin eater
Peccata mundi est
Such little sins, Such lovely lies
And every horror’s mine

I am your sin eater
I feast upon your lies
You cannot hide what lies inside
I taste your every crime

Memento mori

I am your sin eater
You’ve never hurt so good
To shed the mess, leave pain behind
Inching towards the sublime

I am your sin eater
For each dark thought you have
For every rage you hurl at me
It hurts me every time

Memento mori

I shall eat your filth
I shall make you whole
I can give you peace
Through the pawning of mine own

Memento mori
Track Name: Taphophilia
Taphophilia

Beyond the veil
Mystic shadows
What’s waiting for me
Poets speculate
Religions claim to know
Is there a formula
Some arcane secret
Pertaining to this fear
Unknown places
How they scare us
The secret places
Covers up the cracks
Inside
Who will forget me
When I’m gone

Don’t grieve for me
Don’t weep for me
Find some Beauty in this Death

Inside this gloom
Tainted shadows
Are waiting for me
Saints pontificate
Religion cannot know
Forgotten formulas
Ritual sacrifice
Binding up our fear
Encasing madness
And it will scare us
It will bleed us
Will you cover up
Will you protect me
Who will forget me
When I’m gone

Covered by the dark
Need a candle
To light the way for me
Will I need to pray
To understand this pain
Or have these stories
Been subversion
A beautiful lie
How to get out
Will I need to pray
Will you take away
A single story
From this tragedy
Who will forget me
When I’m gone

Don’t grieve for me
Don’t weep for me
Find some Beauty in this Death

Don’t pray for me
Don’t pray for me
Find some Beauty in this Death
Track Name: Sorrow for Eternity
Sorrow for Eternity

The sun is setting in the sky
The curtain closing on the stage
The door is swinging shut at last
Sorrow for eternity

The void is growing larger
This void inside of me
No palliative will fill it
No love can dull the pain

Like a black hole it’s eating
All the best parts of me
Stumbling towards eternity
An empty sea envelopes me

Rage and sorrow swirl around
Fighting for control
My mind and heart grow numb
As I know no help will come

Beyond this realm I see and hear
Where fairy tales abound
Entreaties vomit from my lips
Each one goes unanswered

The sun is setting in the sky
The curtain closing on the stage
The door is swinging shut at last
Sorrow for eternity
Track Name: Porcelain Creature
Porcelain Creature

Treacherous little cracks
Villainous twisting cracks
Tracing the lie inside

Before the healing can begin
Something has to break
When you think that you are whole
But then you find a crack

As one crack leads to another
You trace that lying path
Until the whole facade collapses
Then where will we be?

But I could have sworn that I was whole
Better off than most
At least that is what I thought
Not I’m not so sure

Porcelain creature
So beautiful
Will you shatter?
Will you hold?

Before your story can be told
I will need some little gift
Something you won’t even miss
What it is, I think you’ll guess
Track Name: Melancholy is the Devil's Bath
Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath

Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath
Best taken in the full light of the moon
Once submerged you’ll never be the same
Each new day a living misery

Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath
Try to walk in the left hand path
Only then will you be set free
From this life of wanton misery

I don’t know where these thoughts come from
A tiny crack has let so many through
I can never push them all back
Now I have to live with my mistake

You were gone but I can’t blame you
All this pain lies at my own door
Even if I heard the knocking
I was far too lost in the fog

Nothing really could have prepared me
Some pains cannot lead to relief
Some things once they are broken
Never can be made whole
Track Name: Death and the Maiden
Death and the Maiden

This story begins with your funeral
Wreaths and mourning ribbons
Bedeck the coal black horses
The cortege rides in silence

Until the gray fog descended
Not a sound was heard
Nor did a whisper shatter
The stillness of your shroud

And then the strains were felt loud
A mournful plaintive chant
Choirs like ravens fighting
Scratching upon mine ear

A maiden wept at your funeral
A maiden beheld by Death
Her tears of grief sweet perfection
Death marked her for his own

Years burned away as pages thrown to flame
Each bitter season bringing fresh defeat
The maiden diminished every hour
Death marked her for his own

Alone and scribbling at his desk
Asylum walls have locked him in
In his dreamworld he is free
He bends his mind back to the page

The sacred page

Wilt thou go with me, sweet maid,
Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me
Through the valley-depths of shade,
Of night and dark obscurity;
Where the path has lost its way,
Where the sun forgets the day,
Where there's nor life nor light to see,
Sweet maiden, wilt thou go with me!

Maiden wilt thou go…?

Where stones will turn to flooding streams,
Where plains will rise like ocean waves,
Where life will fade like visioned dreams
And mountains darken into caves,
Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me
Through this sad non-identity,
Where parents live and are forgot,
And sisters live and know us not!

Maiden wilt thou go…?

Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me
In this strange death of life to be,
To live in death and be the same,
Without this life or home or name,
At once to be and not to be -
That was and is not -yet to see
Things pass like shadows, and the sky
Above, below, around us lie?

Entreaties have stopped up his tongue
A tremor at the sight of her
One last glimpse, his final wish
Alone at last now he can die

White becomes her
Pale laces flutter
Vestments chosen to endure
Craven kisses
Torn from her red lips
Hotter than a thousand stars

Death will come for you, maiden
Faster than a raven’s wing
Sadder than a lover’s lie
And when it comes, it will last forever

Gather your rosebuds
Hide from the light
There is not safety within these shadows
Ave Maria

So she prayed the maiden’s prayer
But no answer did she receive
No surcease for her sufferings
As the nights grew colder

The stars shone ever dimmer
Her prayers grew choked on her lips
They turned to roses in her mouth
She learned to savor the taste

So bitter yet beautiful
Black night opening to her
She reveled in the mystery
She could taste the velvet promise

The maiden grew more lovely
Eyes wide open to the dark
Now trusting in the knowledge
The shadows draped around her

Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me
In this strange death of life to be,
To live in death and be the same,
Without this life or home or name,
At once to be and not to be -
That was and is not -yet to see
Things pass like shadows, and the sky
Above, below, around us lie?

Maiden wilt thou go….?

The maiden and Death intertwined at last
Forever to lie as one
Breathing in the other life
Within your silken coffin

Years burn away as pages turn to flame
Stories changing before they can be told
Will you who have ears listen to my tale?
Will you unlock these mysteries?

This story ends with your funeral
Wreaths and mourning ribbons
Bedeck the coal black horses
The cortege departs in silence
Track Name: Prospero's Farewell
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have’s mine own,
Which is most faint. Now, ’tis true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardoned the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell,
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
Track Name: Last Kiss
Last Kiss

Last kiss
Soft touch
Gentle storm
Heralding

Shadowy
Billowing
Mind is caving in
Changes without end

Shadows cannot enter
The places I have built for you
Hide with me
Escape this world
We won’t have to say goodbye
Never ever say goodbye
Hide with me
Escape this world
We will never ever have to say goodbye again

What if time is slipping by?
Rushing past me at full force
Like the grains of sands that slip
Through the fingers of the poet

What if I was not the one?
The one to beat your demons back
I failed you
I let you down
Still you let me stay by you
Still you held me in the dark
You helped me
To find my way
Who will ever help me find my way out of here now?

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