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The Maple's Lament
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April 23, 2012 - 10:37 am
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A friend of mine at work introduced me to this song. It is about a fiddle. I am pretty sure there are YouTube videos, but I can't access them right now. violin


The Maple's Lament

(Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music)
From "Restless Rambling Heart" (Flying Fish 406)

When I was alive the birds would nest upon my boughs
And all through long winter nights the storms would 'round me howl
And when the day would come, I'd raise my branches to the sun
I was the child of earth and sky, and all the world was one

But now that I am dead the birds no longer sing in me
And I feel no more the wind and rain as when I was a tree
But bound so tight in wire strings, I have no room to grow
And I am but the slave who sings, when master draws the bow

But sometimes from my memory I can sing the birds in flight
And I can sing of sweet dark earth and endless starry nights
But oh, my favorite song of all, I truly do believe
Is the song the sunlight sang for me while dancing on my leaves

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April 23, 2012 - 11:43 am
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Nice poetry, understood best by those who know violins.  A little sad. Thanks, dionysia!

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April 23, 2012 - 12:12 pm
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Pretty sad, and knowing how wood is aged before being used in violin, I would say it's an undead violin lament tongue

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov


April 23, 2012 - 5:19 pm
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Perhaps I should add - the friend at work that told me about the song used to be a forester, so he caused the lament of many a tree in his day.

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April 23, 2012 - 6:28 pm
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How sad! We owe it to the trees to make our violin wood hear bird song again,
So get practicing on those E strings!!

This guy can do a bird song,.....

I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

April 24, 2012 - 5:59 am
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Nice! Like the shifting excercise. FiddlerMan showed similar one in vids about shifting positions. This one is much more difficult. From I pos -> to ALL the othersduncecapdrooling.

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