Lament to Dixie

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    Just a good pianist to "Starry Starry Night" the music I'm setting to my tentative lyrics. Don't ask the youtube pianist anything , I didn't get permission! Sentimentalists of the time could never have such an introspectively romanticist work like these, so I find that interesting, plus any thoughts on other lyrics please.

    Take me Home Sweet Sunny South
    without bigotry toward the South,
    Gone With The Wind may be the place,
    but then remembrance has a new place.
    0:35
    Every memorial, song and dance,
    just uncaring riffs of a theme,
    the Northerner hears a Slave so happy, to look Away to a land o' white Cotton
    all feeling is truly forgotten.
    0:55
    Just a Grand Old Flag,
    A Yankee Doodle dandy,
    One Republic Indivisible, Under Christian God,
    A Star Spangled Banner
    What rights did any fight against freedom,
    lest it be misconstrued.
    And no one listens now.
    1:35
    a Home Sweet Home,
    All the world sadly do we roam,
    Valiant Conscripts against Rome's Ceasar,
    a home is not the land of all,
    Andrew proved the states a Nation not a British Colony,
    Stonewall held these States unaltered,
    Michael proved to not mess with children and drugs.
    We trade these to get our asses on the bus.
    2:14
    Do we understand, what they tried to say to us,
    President Davis got a third of mankind killed,
    then said two-thirds the militia is Absent Without Leave
    a Civil War between rowdy CiviLians is what Lincoln says to us!
    We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, say us today.
    2:46

    Scotland looks proudly over the sea,
    the Lone Star looks for a friend,
    British cannon can't break South Carolinan tree,
    Tennessee's son, father , and spirit, consubstantial,
    together in free character and unity,
    John Knox writes Alabama's unending constitution,
    Under a Reformed Almighty God,
    Democracy is scarcely as costly as you.
    3:30
    The Empire State full of enthusiastic Yankees, every one,
    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory their whole work undone!
    Woodrow Wilson held Robert E Lee's mighty hand!
    A Lost Cause of Chivalry, Knights, and Maiden's fair.
    Grandfather's beaming family coloring tales
    what might best he wish to forget.
    Sweet Magnolias and blurred visions, Gone With the Wind.
    A Veteran's pension to memorials in a partial memory.
    Perhaps we'll remember now.
    4:11
    Fear John Brown's raiding hordes.
    Robert Lee's justice is a fleeting dream,
    when sweet Virginia Belle can leave without warning.
    Scottish Stonewall Jackson's Way is buried with his Cross and Blood Stained Banner.
    Ranks on collars and feelings on sleeves.
    Sure a Victor's dream, if not, at least,
    it was a Starry Starry Night.

    Verse 1]
    Starry, starry night
    Paint your palette blue and grey
    Look out on a summer's day
    With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
    Shadows on the hills
    Sketch the trees and the daffodils
    Catch the breeze and the winter chills
    In colors on the snowy linen land


    [Chorus]
    Now I understand
    What you tried to say to me
    And how you suffered for your sanity
    And how you tried to set them free
    They would not listen, they did not know how
    Perhaps they'll listen now

    [Verse 2]
    Starry, starry night
    Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
    Swirling clouds in violet haze
    Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
    Colors changing hue
    Morning fields of amber grain

    Weathered faces lined in pain
    Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand



    [Chorus]
    Now I understand
    What you tried to say to me

    And how you suffered for your sanity
    And how you tried to set them free
    They would not listen, they did not know how
    Perhaps they'll listen now

    [Bridge]
    For they could not love you
    But still your love was true

    And when no hope was left in sight
    On that starry, starry night
    You took your life, as lovers often do
    But I could have told you, Vincent
    This world was never meant for one
    As beautiful as you

    [Verse 3]
    Starry, starry night
    Portraits hung in empty halls
    Frameless heads on nameless walls
    With eyes that watch the world and can't forget
    Like the strangers that you've met
    The ragged men in the ragged clothes
    The silver thorn; a bloody rose
    Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow




    [Outro]
    Now I think I know
    What you tried to say to me
    And how you suffered for your sanity
    And how you tried to set them free
    They would not listen, they're not listening still
    Perhaps they never will
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018

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