Elizabeth Zharoff - The Mourning Tree (from "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture")

from Song Cycle: The History of Video Games by Materia Community

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Curry's score resonates deeply with me and to be able to arrange one of my favorite pieces from it is a dream come true! It already had lyrics, but I felt Ashley could tell a more complete story which depicts a woman grieving over the loss of her husband and then being reunited with him in death. It is a bittersweet ending but one that brings peace that they may once again be reunited forever.


I passed the day
at the mourning tree
where the river's sorrows
run deep.

And all at once
a host of birds did
settle and nest around me.

In their song
I heard your song;
I heard the bomber's drone.

Beneath those birds and
the swaying wheat, I
heard you coming home.

Oh my love,
where did you fly?
After you came home
to me?

Like the night jar
you left me here
to nest in the mourning tree.

Oh my love,
where did you fly?

Flew away with my heart.

All my birds
have flown away,
died, or disappeared this day.

Like the daylight,
darkness has
overwhelmed me.

Haunting silence
tells me that I
am alone.

I've passed my days
by the mourning tree
where all I loved
suffered and died.
Then all at once
I heard you call.
You finally
came back for me!

Now I will take thy hand
to be your bride and then
leave thine life behind.


from Song Cycle: The History of Video Games, released November 4, 2016
UPC 00191061943112
Ⓟ 2016 Materia Collective LLC

Elizabeth Zharoff: Vocalist
SonikBuster: Lyricist
Jessica Curry: Composer
Joel Everett: Piano
Josh Barron: Arranger

• "The Mourning Tree"
Jessica Curry (Composer)

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