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lyrics

Huge moments of surprise that leave you wrecked.

The wreckers on the old black Cornish rocks
(when there was no moonlight, and hard storms
pushed the waves and winds to treachery)
would light their lamps to lure the ships ashore
and ships, who thought that they were safe and lights
were there to guide them home, would run aground,
all hands lost and stolen by the cold sea.

To share the good times is to share the bad times.
To share the joy in the fine-wine-times
is to drink the wine down to the bottom of the glass
where things are bitter
I will not ask for any glass to pass from me.
There are no accidents. (Or possibly there are.
But things happen because of their nature
and there is no arguing with nature
for she is wise and innocent and cruel
and rage and hurt and pain and blood are hers.)
So we build rituals of mourning and acceptance
to walk us through the nights of tears and pain.

(But nature lost a daughter, who remains
six seeds of pomegranate dead today.)

Three things I send you. First I send these words
that you may use them as a pool of ink
to see yourself reflected, or see another in, to see far-away things, so you do not forget to dream.

And then I send you pain, a small pain,
to whisper to your pain and keep it company.

And last I send a smile, that it might serve you well
and you may hold it in a time when smiles are scarce.

Remembering the moonlight on the water.

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from Signs of Life, released April 28, 2023
Words by Neil Gaiman, Music by FourPlay String Quartet

Produced by Lara Goodridge, Josh G. Abrahams, Justin Tresidder and FourPlay

Recorded by Justin Tresidder at Sony Music Studios, Sydney
Additional Engineering by Adrian Breakspear

Mixed by Justin Tresidder at Hydrofunk HQ, Mullumbimby

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FourPlay is an indie rock band that just happen to be a string quartet.

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