Lyrics – In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

Street scene illustrationDepiction of the crime scene

From Swallows’ In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

DATE: Friday, February 13, 1891
LOCATION: Royal Mint Street and Swallow Gardens, Whitechapel, London

Lamp smokes
Heart skips
Shoe falls
Locket slips

Cold eyes
Hard stare
Black night
Still air

Player on a deadly stage
Witness to a lustful rage
In the shadow of the seven stars

Last call of a nightingale
Sorrowful her plaintive wail
In the shadow of the seven stars

Frances Coles Illustrated Police News 21 February 1891
Illustrated Police News 21 February 1891

A body turns
A body stalls
A body lifts
A body falls

Seconds come
Seconds go
Sound fades
Movement slows

Player on a deadly stage
Witness to a lustful rage
In the shadow of the seven stars

Last call of a nightingale
Sorrowful her plaintive wail
In the shadow of the seven stars

Mortal fear
Shaking leaf
Cautious steps
Turn to flee

Newspaper Illustration of the murder site
1891 newspaper illustration of Swallow Gardens

A quiet voice
A halting plea
Time to run
None must see

Player on a deadly stage
Witness to a lustful rage
In the shadow of the seven stars

Last call of a nightingale
Sorrowful her plaintive wail
In the shadow of the seven stars

Player on a deadly stage
Witness to a lustful rage
In the shadow of the seven stars

Last call of a nightingale
Sorrowful her plaintive wail
In the shadow of the seven stars

© 2013 Nordby, Crandall

Performers:
Chris Bates – Double Bass
Jeff Crandall – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Organ
Justin DeLeon – Toms, Cymbals
Mike Nordby – Percussion
Toni Tinetti – Vocals

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