MUSIC TRACK REVIEW – Songs I love, and why. Damaris by Patrick Wolf


Artist: Patrick Wolf

SONG: DAMARIS from the album: The Bachelor

LISTEN TO THIS!!

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Or just listen and look at various photo of the artist in this “video“:

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There are many track reviews from this artist I plan on writing, but I’m starting with this song which is one of my top favorites from him.

This is the explanation behind the meaning of the track, take the time to read it, it makes the song that much more understandable and powerful.

It’s based on a real life tragedy, as described on another site:

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“The song was inspired by a visit to a graveyard in Brede, a southern English town where most of Wolf’s ancestors are buried: “There are about 80 graves there from my family, and in the corner, under the shade of a tree, there was this small wooden cross with ‘Damaris’ on it.”

Inquiring at the church, Wolf was given a leaflet recounting its history, including the centuries-old story of Damaris’ ill-fated love affair with a vicar’s son. When the holy man forbade his son to marry a Gypsy girl, Damaris took her own life and assumed her quiet place in local history.

http://www.csindy.com/colorado/revolutionary-sweetheart/Content?oid=1371255
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The song is amazingly powerful, in the fact that’s it’s personally written from a family story/tragedy that obviously inspired Wolf to write it in the first place, but also as a universal expression of a love that you can’t have, and yet you struggle with everything you are to save it, a fact about living and growing that sadly many of us (some? all?) understand, or perhaps it’s a love you struggle to earn in the first place, or to simply have it be heard/received at all, which I think is closer to the purpose of the “singer” in this song, now mourning the girl he loved who is clearly gone* and yet he doesn’t want to give up…

…The entire song builds up beautifully, with the ending being SO DAMN MOVING, when it starts with “and now I kiss, I kiss the earth”**….such an expressive and emotional vocalist, this song couldn’t ask for a better one in my opinion.  Love how the song ends as the music dies down but the vocals continue, the human voice desperate to have this love “rise up” and live again***, beyond all logic and reason…to be together at last...because of the uncertainty we all have regarding death and losing those we love.****  Will we see them again?

it’s incredibly sad, but poignant.

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LYRICS:

black rain
floods the downs
ferrets burrow
moles make mound
’round your bones
deep underground*
but nobody knows
nobody knows
how I wait for you
Summer, Spring
Autumn, Winter here
perishing

gypsy, stray
bleak orphan
no one could say
the land you came from
but deep in my arms
you belonged
but nobody knows
nobody knows
how I wait for you
Summer, Spring
Autumn, Winter here
perishing

my god damned Damaris
killed with last kiss
god damned Damaris
I loved you
god damned Damaris
killed with last kiss
god damned Damaris
I loved you, I loved you

god damn these tears
and this religion
thought I was more
than just my father’s son
who says in limbo
be where you’ve gone
but nobody knows
nobody knows****
here I wait for you
Summer, Spring
Autumn, Winter here
perishing

(wait for me)

my god damned Damaris
killed with last kiss
god damned Damaris
I loved you
god damned Damaris
killed with last kiss
god damned Damaris
I loved you, I loved you

I loved you

and now I kiss, I kiss the earth**

oh rise up, rise up, rise up now
from the earth***

and I smash my fist, into the earth

oh rise up, rise up, rise up now
from the earth

(rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up
rise up, rise up, rise up, rise up)

black rain floods the downs
the black rain, black rain
black rain floods the downs
the black rain, black rain

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