This is a musical ghost story. Part one sets the ghostly scene while part two features a poem by Christina Rossetti. She was the sister of the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Alternative/Goth ? well, you decide...
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March 05, 2015
Story behind the song
I've read quite a few 'Steampunk/Goth novels over the last few years. In fact, Big Sleep's first 'Albertropolis' musical adventure story was set in motion and recorded way back in 2009. Prior to that, I'd never though about creating 'Steampunk' music. So, as you can see, it's an ongoing theme for me.
This was song originally a Big Sleep song called, 'A Haunted Picnic Table'. After re-writing all of the first section lyrics, only the original vocal melody and very few of Tony's original lyrics remain;(in this Major Snagg version at least).
'When I Am dead My Dearest', by Christina Rossetti.
When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me, With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale, Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight, That doth not rise nor set,
Happily I may remember, And happily may forget.
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