Diary of a song Pt 2

The Diary of a Song Pt.2

A Gothic Australian Folk Song?

I'm on a bus, travelling between Inverloch and Toora in South Gippsland on my way to board a boat, a cruise around Wilsons Promontory to get close up to the nearby seal islands and the magnificent Skull Rock.

It is early, the sun is shining and as so often happens with some free time and brain space I am thinking about words and melodies. I have some words to begin with, something with a with a hint of defiance:

'Let me die before my children...'

I like this line, it is strong, and what parent wants to pre decease their offspring?

'On the wind my ashes fly...'

Who wants a proud monument or stone of remembrance in a cemetery?

Australia's colonial history has done a lot of forgetting or deliberate wiping away of this continents human history. But it is something that has occupied fair chunks of my imagination and this is where this song is coming from and where it's going to.

And so to the melody.

The music player in my mind kicks in with a cool tune going with the words but... here is where obsession kicks in.

I'll go over and over a tune until I've worked out where it's from, and if not a rehash, what it resembles, (which is almost better because in my reasoning I think it lessens the chance of being blindsided by the later realisation of an unconscious copy.)

I have to be satisfied it's original enough to labour over lyrics.

But I already know where this melody is from.

It's 'Wayfaring Stranger'.

One of the great songs that's survived the centuries.

One of those melodies that's like the hills. It's always been there and generations have harnessed it's beauty.

It's public domain and I'm tweaking it by using a different chord structure thinking in my pride I'll make it my own.

This satisfies me, for now.

So, I have a title hook and main lyric: 'Where the Curlew Cries'.

I have the chorus mapped out and an overall theme and feel.

It's like a gothic Australian folk song.

Is that a well worn genre?




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