Lyrics – The Boneyard

East London Cemetery Sign
East London Cemetery Informational Sign

From Swallows’ In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

The Boneyard

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

DATE: Monday, February 23, 1891

LOCATION(S): East London Cemetery, Plaistow, London; The Crown and Seven Stars Public House, Whitechapel, London

SCENE: The funeral for Frances Coles was originally planned for Monday, February 23, which turned out to be a rainy day. Thousands of mourners turned up at the cemetery anyway only to be disappointed to find that the funeral date had been moved to Wednesday, February 25. Later that evening, the only witness to her murder retires to the Crown and Seven Stars Public House on Royal Mint Street to reflect on the visions of Frances he has been experiencing all day as a vigilante group intent on capturing Frances Coles’ killer gathers outside a convent near Swallow Gardens where Frances Coles was murdered two weeks earlier.

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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