Silvan Lullaby

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Chris says: Silvan Lullaby is a song that I came up with a worryingly long time ago, on the premise of writing a guitar line that actually sounded like a lullaby; 3/4 time and a fairly relaxed rhythm, and boom, mission accomplished. Until, of course, it gets heavy and then it's less of a lullaby and more of a big epic lead guitar line. :P

On the subject of the events of Silvan Lullaby... I actually wrote the lyrics for this one, which explains why they rhyme and probably aren't quite as intellectual as Martin's lyrics usually are. :P Nevertheless, they tell the story of a nameless girl lost in the forest near sundown. Once twilight sets in, she is chased and hunted by invisible beings who are engaged in a kind of macabre procession, blowing horns and wooden instruments as they pursue the girl. Towards the end of the song, she takes refuge inside a hollowed-out tree and falls asleep, frightened and alone; however, when she awakens, she finds herself in another world, having been transported there by the 'Night Folk' while she slept. With the story, I was playing on what I believe is a folk belief in some more remote parts of the world- that of 'racing the sun', with the idea that once the sun sets you're entirely screwed. In this case, the screwing comes in the form of a "haunting tune" played by the invisible pursuers; a song which has the power to steal your life away if you listen to it. Pretty brutal, I reckon. :P Also, I was partly thinking of the forest of Mirkwood from Tolkien's stories while writing- that idea of a forest full of lurking evil and mysterious creatures living between the trees was a pretty captivating one, and something that I wanted to explore.

lyrics

The light that shines on golden leaves
Flickers softly through the trees
Lost, she trembles, scared and alone
Deep in the forest and far from home

Now, as the light slowly fades away
The night-folk can dance without fear of the day
Their instruments play a most fearful song
A silvan lullaby, to those who don't belong

She runs in fear, afraid for her life
The sun descends, into the twilight
The night-folk pursue her, their horns baying long
A hollow tree gives respite from their song

Now, as the verdant darkness holds sway
The night-folk can dance, without fear of the day
Their instruments play the same haunting tune
A silvan lullaby that foretells your doom

Interlude and Solos

Now, as I climb from this hollow tree
My ears are opened to the sounds of the sea
Avalon is calling, its wings do me caress
The silvan lullaby has taken my last breath

credits

from Monuments, track released December 10, 2010
Lyrics: Chris Mole
Music: Chris Mole/Elliot Sinclair/Catherine Williams

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Founded in early 2006 during a wintry excursion to the Peak District, Northern Oak have been spreading their unique brand of flute-heavy progressive folk metal across Sheffield and the rest of the UK ever since.

Our music sounds like Jethro Tull played by extreme metal fans with an appreciation for everything from Pink Floyd to Emperor.
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