John Talos' Canon

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This song (which is a follow-round) is written to match the dance of the same name, (which is also a follow-round, but in dance rather than music).


Lines of passion do I craft;
If my gentle words offend,
Dared I drink a deeper draught
That which injures might yet mend.
Though indiff'rence I pretend
My spaniel heart you may perceive
Fawning at your fingers' end.
He who loves is doomed to grieve.

A ring of mist and moonbeam drawn
Glimmers on the velvet glen,
To fade forever with the dawn,
And vanish out of mortal ken.
On spidersilk and starlight then,
I tread the dance I dare not leave
From joy to fear and back again.
He who loves is doomed to grieve.

Silken-soft the dancers go
Light as milkweed on the air
And their lightest kiss to know
Triumph is, and black despair.
Silver-sweet and feral-fair
Loving looks in dance deceive.
Step among them if you dare
He who loves is doomed to grieve.

Passion's pledge I dare not make.
Never word our hearts may link.
I may touch, but never take;
Kiss the cup but do not drink.
Shadows fall as dark as ink
And darker eyes enchantments weave--
Trembling on passion's brink
He who loves is doomed to grieve.


from Under The Gripping Beast, released October 1, 1997


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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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