Hist! - the sonorous orchestral ambience and the
arabesque-slane'd ballerina,
Her wee feet in an alacritic maelstrom-twirl,
And the dust-hurl with her tears blendeth - Egad! this quagmire;
Pasteth her unaptly apt feet to the stage:

Like the wither'd rose of the luciferous Eden
By the mummer'd-masquerader espied vigilly and mockingly,
His behesting visage, tho' ruddily mummer'd 'tis -
Embower'd and eddying oft and eft gloam by gloam,

Her sweetness ne'er cloy - further! further! -
His scratching and dallying hollow-hearted eyes
Her breasts and vestal heart caress,

And like the dove and bird of prey leapeth she aerily,
Whileas the orchestra playeth on travailingly;

And like the dove and bird of prey leapeth she aerily,
Whileas the orchestra playeth on travailingly;

His one and sole swath
With the pizzicato'd ensemble blendeth -
And her umbral foetal scream -
As the song climaxeth
And slowly
Dieth
away...


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The Masquerader and Phoenix song meanings
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    General CommentOne of their best works. The music is exquisite and matches the lyrics perfectly. To me this song tells the story of a Ballerina that is pregnant and is being watched by the one who impregnated her while she performs, probably he's a noble or something, he sleeped with her but doesnt care about here at all, that would explain her crying. At the end of the song she dies maybe from labor complications
    Darklighton August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't help but to think of Phantom of the Opera when I hear this (ie. Erik watching Christine sing). It does say that the one that spied was "mummered" or masked. However, it sounds like he kills her in the end and her screams are drowned out by the music...
    rhennaon June 04, 2007   Link

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