The Cracking

from by Dante André-Kahan

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A tune about the irreversible turn taken by Western civilization after The First World War. I first realised this as something to write about after seeing some of Mervyn O'Gorman's early autochrome photography experiments with his daughter Christina, which made me wonder what made her world so different from mine, the answer being in the song. The writing for more instruments was actually taken from one of my favourite progressive rock singer-songwriter's more folky side projects, using a lot of Mellotrons; however, I went for the more intricate writings that can be done with the real thing.

lyrics

Today I tell of the aftermath
Men destroying, doing that thought impossible

Every time the ash becomes
Concrete we choke out
The world with which we are
Unsatisfied

Plastic in our bodies
We will never stand tall
Thanks to the spyglasses
You can watch it all

Watch society ravaged at the
Age of nineteen fourteen
Watch us never be able to
Sew the seams

Watch the children cry for things that they
Never before have seen
Watch us never be able to
Unhear the screams

We'll likely never walk again, our world does scorn repair
Only time will tell
But nothing could stop it, we could only watch in despair
As the brave lark fell

Hell has touched us
In our dying sleep
In the fists of our future
We do not even weep

You can feel it in the way we move
And pay our due fares
You can feel it in the sick and dying
Clothes we wear

Watch us become bent beyond belief
Watch us never again breathe a sigh of relief

We'll likely never walk again, our world does scorn repair
Only time will tell
But nothing could stop it, we could only watch in despair
As the brave lark

We'll likely never walk again, our world does scorn repair
Only time will tell
But nothing could stop it, we could only watch in despair
As the brave lark fell

credits

from Spring EP, released June 27, 2017
Vocals (Mezzo-Soprano) - Cassidy Stahr
Vocals (Soprano) - Margaret Lingas
Samples - Marvin Thiele
Pianoforte - Aya Robertson
Clarinet - Alyshia Joinson
Cor Anglais - Anna Betuzzi
Bassoon - Jesse Dwyer
Violin - Natalie Dzbik, Amy-Lynne Toth
Violoncello - Olivia Brotzell, Felina Gossmann
Contrabass - Dave Riedstra
Guitar, Cajón, Egg Shaker, Tambourine - Dante André-Kahan
Written 2015, recorded 2015-2017

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