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Autumn: A Ghostly Reprise

from The Hardship Diaries by Dave McPherson

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This song was originally on 'The Grand Odyssey of the Whale & the Barnacle' under a different title but I really loved the tone & emotion of the song so I added it to 'The Hardship Diaries' at the last minute. It is possibly the darkest sounding song on the album.


The bird's cry is that of a beautiful song.
Broken shards of myrrh beneath it's weathered talons.
Spring dawns, the freshly plumed phoenix spreads it's wings & glares at the inviting skyline.

Wading through the waters of resilience.
Whilst you drown in a quandary of ambivalence.
The bravest sailors discard doubt to the fathoms below.
Rise to the surface to those hopeful shores you know.
You cannot forgive & I cannot forget.
So we commit our love to the depths of regret.

Beautiful puzzles under amaranth skies.
Hearts with muzzles & a ghostly reprise.
I wear no disguise, I wear no cape.
I wish to survive, not to escape.

I used to believe only in you but now my belief resides in me.
No more metaphors, no more cryptic wars, we'll never again share a key.


from The Hardship Diaries, released April 10, 2011
Written & performed by Dave McPherson.
Programming by Dave McPherson.
Produced & engineered by Mike Curtis.


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Music |ˈmyo͞ozik|
1 the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

Music is my life. An oft-used cliché yet nonetheless true for me. I've devoted most of my existence to exploring it in every way & in turn it has enabled me to travel the world & meet new friends all over.

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