Lyrics – The Boneyard

East London Cemetery Sign
East London Cemetery Informational Sign

From Swallows’ In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

The Boneyard

DATE: Monday, February 23, 1891
LOCATION: East London Cemetery
Plaistow, London

A coal sky
Frames her hollow face
Pale with sorrow
Bloodless, paper skin

Through sheets of rain
See her dancing
In the boneyard
To a sad lament

Road through the East London Cemetery
Inside the East London Cemetery

A bell tower
Composes eulogies
Keeping time
To all the dead hearts

At midnight’s stroke
A raven croaks
Another light grows dim
On the East End

Calling out from the end of the world
Reach to you from the end of the world

On the hollow wind
A melody climbs and falls
Aria from the great divide
A chorus grows
Voice upon voice
A third, a nine
Haunted words
Form a ghostly rhyme

Nightingale
Lying spread eagle
Ripped from stem to stern
In the mud and rubble

A swell mob
Beats a pounding rhythm
In the cobbled streets
Near the convent halls

Through the Swallow Gardens
To the Crown and Seven
Seek oblivion
In a glass of gin

Feel the walls breathe
Hear them rasp and wheeze
Taste the pestilence
In the thick air

Calling out from the end of the world
Reach to you from the end of the world

Calling out from the end of the world
Reach to you from the end of the world

© 2013 Crandall

Performers:
Jeff Crandall – Vocals, Piano
Toni Tinetti – Vocals
Aaron Kerr – Cello
Laura Harada – Violin
Justin DeLeon – Toms, Cymbals
Brett Hansen – Electric Guitar, Lap Steel
Tyson Allison – Electric Guitar

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