Song For A Lost Cause

Artist
James Bell
Released
2013
Genre
Modern
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“”And I may not possess their angelical powers …”

History

I wrote this song about someone (who shall remain nameless) whose life seemed to be going to shit at the time, but whom I felt powerless to help. The good news is that they managed to get it together and are now doing just fine. That happy ending was sadly not granted to the person I chose as the central metaphor for this song. Someone whom Mark Twain described as “by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” Although, that said, I suppose it depends on whether you believe in an afterlife, and therefore what constitutes an ‘ending’.

Lyrics

1.
She sits in the darkness alone and afraid
As her strength starts to weaken and hope starts to fade
When clear through the wall of her tears
The face of St Michael the Warrior appears

And he says you know that I also have lived by the sword
Defending my land in the name of my lord
And your friends fell around you and spears pierced your gown
And now guards surround you and chains hold you down
But remember as all of these blows hit their mark
I will watch over you as you wander your way through the dark

2.
And as she sits waiting for trial to commence
Denied any council to aid her defence
Clear through the cloud of her fears
The face of St Catherine the Scholar appears

And she says you know that I also have lived by the word
And seen my words twisted, inverted and slurred
By courtrooms of men who deceive and evade
For you fight just like them and you make them afraid
So speak boldly to every insidious remark, and
I’ll watch over you as you wander your way through the dark

3.
As light stings her eyes and as tears streak her cheeks
As hours become days and as days become weeks
And as weeks become months become years
The voice of St Margaret the Martyr she hears

And she says you know that I too faced a violent end
For refusing to break and refusing to bend
And you know they will bind you and burn you alive
But I’m here to remind you your deeds will survive
And on that day you join us, and as you embark
We will watch over you as you wander your way through the dark

4.
And amongst the inquisitors some would remark
If these venerable saints had appeared in the dark
Well then why did they not get involved
In the light when one word and the matter’s resolved?

But I think that today I can see why they chose to withhold
It’s painful to do and it feels cruel and cold
But sometimes you just can’t interfere with the plot
You must watch it unfold whether you like it or not
And I may not possess their angelical powers

But as everything crumbles I’ll hold out a spark
As you fumble and stumble your way through the dark
I will watch over you like the saints did for Joan of Arc

Credits & Copyright

Written in November 2004 and recorded in 2013 by James Bell. Released in November 2013. Remastered in November 2017. (C) & (P) House of Lyra.  All rights reserved.