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Long Funeral


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mrattue

 Genre: Ballad

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Song 9 of 10 North of the Humber

When the island of Lindisfarne was deemed too exposed a place to house the important relics and treasures of the monastic house long established there, the monks bore them off in a coffin and wandered for forty years trying to find them a new permanent home. Eventually, they settled on a loop of the River Wear, which has an island feel, where the great cathedral of Durham now stands.
The coffin contained the head of St Aidan, the complete remains of St. Cuthbert, his golden cross, and the Lindisfarne Gospels, among other oddments. St. Cuthbert’s body has remained at Durham ever since, and his cross is displayed there, along with a copy of the famous Gospels. The original is at the British Library.
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Lyrics
Long Funeral

Oh, last night i dreamed, i was walking,
By a damp and a chill riverside,
When slow through the rain,
Came a funeral train,
And i asked for whose passing they sighed?

Oh we carry the load,
Of a dear brother’s bones,
And a cross and a book,
They replied,
In search of their home,
We’ve been years on the road.

But surely, said i, in the stillness,
Why so long, on the road from afar?
A dead man sleeps near,
His homestead so dear,
Why travel so far as you are!

Oh, we lost our home when,
The dragonkeels and men,
Did burn and destroy
Lindisfarne.
We took what was left,
The treasures so blest,

But who, do you bear, in the casket,
What man could be worth such a thing?
And what sort of book,
And the cross that you took,
Are so precious to you, if i ask it?

Oh, dear is the man,
And dear is the book,
Of Lindisfarne famous,
Forever,
We seek for their rest,
A place to be blest.

But how will you know, where the place is?
And how can a dead man decide?
So dark is the road,
And heavy the load,
So slow your weary old pace is.

One day you’ll see,
A great church will be,
Where Cuthbert will found,
A new island,
One day my friend,
Our sufferings will end.
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Comments: 36
Fans: 12
Plays: 46
Downloads: 43
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Mar 26, 2011 - 12:33:11 PM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011 - 12:36:57 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 03:58:29 PM
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Comments
neilh79 said 2251 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Long Funeral
.. Again this doesn't fail in its job, another lovely track, really well presented. Your tone never ceases to amaze me. Well done mate........ Is stonehenge the last in the series lol??
mrattue said 2251 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Thanks, Neil!
i can see i'm going to have to come up with a song about Stonehenge sometime soon!

Thanks for listening

Marc
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Reggie_Pole said 2251 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Humber 9
So sombre. Beautiful accompaniment. The dialog lyrics make for an excellent story. But it was just a dream. Quite evocative. Also appreciate the snippets of history.
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Thanks, Reggie!
Glad this one didn't let you down. It's a pretty amazing story in itself, so it rather casts its own spell. It is very satisfying to find the end of the tale at a place like Durham Cathedral, at the shrine of St. Cuthbert.

Cheers now

Marc
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papag said 2251 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
A funeral for a head
what a tale...I love the instrumentation and your vocal delivery. Nice job.

thanks for the download
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
You
are more than welcome!

It is a nice feeling to perpetuate this great story in a small way.

Thanks for your interest,


Marc
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RAVENS said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Lovely
Your music always has an interesting story behind it. Beautiful vocals, as always. The clarity of your recordings are really terrific.

RAVEN ;-)
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Hi Dani!
Thanks for listening! Really glad you liked it.

i don't know how the recording comes through so well. i just sort of switch the stuff on and bang it out, to be honest!

Thank you for your encouragement once again. Gold dust to an old muddler like me!


Marc
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alackbass said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Long Funeral
Wow! That's some story! Another "everything old is new" gem! As always your guitar playing is tasteful and provides the perfect foundation. Great vocal. Precise and clear. I love the additional instruments, particularly the flute.
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Thanks, Andrew!
Always great to get your view, particularly when it is this favourable!

i'm particularly happy that i seem to have gotten the mix about right this time; it makes such a difference and it is definitely something i am just beginning to learn about.

Cheers for listening

Marc
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craighalkett said 2250 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Long Funeral
Wonderful story and really good vocals I just love listening to your music thank you for posting
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Hi Craig!
Glad you liked it. i am surprised a song about a funeral is going down this well!

Cheers for listening and thank you for the comment. It such great encouragement.

Marc
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michaeljayklein said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Job well done...
Beautifully executed and delivered Marc--one of my very favorites from you thus far!
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Hi, Michael!
Was going to invite you to listen to this one when i commented on your latest heartwarming piece, but then i decided you might not want to go to a funeral!

Glad you got something out of it.

Cheers now

Marc
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Narad said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Long Funeral
Somber and melancholic ballad transfigured by the serene and clear outspreading of your voice. Beautiful and soul-stirring contrast !
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Hi Harald!
Glad you found it moving. i suppose it is a dark image, but ends with a great cathedral, so there is that contrast in the story, between the sombre present and glorious future. It is remarkable that the people who carried that coffin kept faith for all those years.

Cheers now


marc
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MarkHolbrook said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
History
through music is what you should have named your MJ account! Very cools!
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Thanks, Mark!
One more song, and then it back to more personal stuff, though i don't know, perhaps i should continue to occupy this little historical niche at MJ! People seem to appreciate a little historical perspective.

Cheers for listening

Take care

Marc
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dave_b said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Long Funeral
Nice melody and changes tell an interesting story. Well sung, and nice picking.
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Hi Dave!
Thanks for trying this one. The title is a little off-putting, isn't it?

Glad it hit the spot.

Still no luck publishing the book!

Cheers now

Marc
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SmokeyVW said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
recording
excellent song, lyrics and performance, the recording and mix are nice and clear

thanks
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mrattue said 2250 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Thank You!
Thanks for listening and leaving a good review!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Marc
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PeterB7858 said 2249 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Great job...
Hi Marc. You do a great job putting this tale into song here. Your lyrics are very descriptive. Your vocals are very assured in this too. Like the arrangement. Warm regards, Peter.
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mrattue said 2249 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Hi Peter!
Thanks for giving this one a go, despite the rather off-putting title!

Sounds like the mix is just about right for this one. Very encouraging, to say the least!

Thanks for listening,

Marc
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magnatone said 2249 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Long Funeral
Hi Marc - what an incredible story, so perfectly done! you're a real gift to MJ - so glad you're here!
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mrattue said 2249 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Hi Karen!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. i am sure MJ has been more of a gift to me than the other way round, but it means a lot for you to say so!

Take care

marc
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Toveco said 2247 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Long Funeral
what a beautiful music, well played and sung
wonderful lyric
I really love music from Island.
Lovely picture to.

Tom/
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mrattue said 2247 days ago (March 30th, 2011)
Hi Tom
Thanks for giving this one a try and leaving such a positive review.

The setting for the music is the North East of England, but there are pretty pro-celtic there anyway!

Cheers now


marc
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JBurns said 2246 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
songs and poems
I enjoyed your tale very much. Years ago I frequented SCA bardic circles because I was in a folk duo. Your tale brought me back to those campfires listening to people sharing songs and poems. Thanks for your post!
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mrattue said 2246 days ago (March 31st, 2011)
Camp Smoke
i like the old fire. Woodsmoke is so evocative. Unfortunately there was just larking around on camps i went to, with no-one brave enough to even bring a guitar, let alone sing anything!

Glad it brought back good memories for you.


Cheers now and thanks for listening,


Marc
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KCsGROOVE said 2244 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
sweet, sad song...
An interesting way to bring historic events to our attention, Marc!
The flute is beautiful
Enjoyed!
KC
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mrattue said 2244 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Hi Cees
It must have been pretty hard for the guys who had to carry the coffin for forty years, but i was hoping to convey the glorious and inspiring end to the story of St Cuthbert, who had nearly as interesting a life dead as he did whilst living!

Should have made it cheerier, i suppose!


Marc
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CounterHarmony said 2235 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Beautiful guitar
Loved the guitar in this one...really really great tune. When the -flute?- comes in at 0:40 seconds, it really sets the track off.

Awesome!
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mrattue said 2235 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Cheers!
It's surprising that there's an audience for a song with this sort of title, but that's MacJams for you! People will find something worthwhile in anything here.

Really appreciate you stopping by and i'm glad it was worth it for you!

Cheers now


marc
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SerenaS said 2171 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
Well presented
The minstral style you chose for this story is perfect. Our local School was called St Cuthbert's and I never knew the story at all. Thank you.
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mrattue said 2169 days ago (June 16th, 2011)
No problem!
Glad to revive an old tale for you!

Thanks for listening,

Marc
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Name: Marc Rattue
Location: Warminster United Kingdom
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Forty something (just!), reclusive, seafaring latecomer, up until a year or so ago a writer of poetry, but more recently moved into music, having found that the production of songs was possible with a minimum of talent with the aid of modern technolo... [see more]

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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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