"The City In The Sea" as written by and Robin Staps....
Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone

Lo! a strange town, lying alone
Death has reared himself a throne
Far down in the west
Where the good, bad, worst, and the best have gone to their eternal rest
There, shrine and towers:
Death has reared himself a throne

Time eaten-towers that tremble not
Resemble nothing, nothing that is ours

Down, down in that town, shall settle hence:
Hell, rising from its throne, no earthly moans,
Shall do it reverence

No rays from heaven coming down
On the long night-time of that town
But light from the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free
Up domes, up spires, up kingly halls,
Up fanes, up Babylon-like walls

No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happy seas
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene
But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave - there is a movement there!
As if the towes had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide;
Aquiescently beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie
The waves have now a redder glow
The hours are breathing faint and low
And when, amid no earthly moans
Down, down in the town shall settle hence,
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence

Down, down in that town, shall settle hence:
Hell, rising from its throne, no earthly moans,
Shall do it reverence

Three opens fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol's diamond eye
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed
So blend the turrets, shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air
While from a tower in the town
Death looks down

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The waves have now a redder glow
The hours are breathing faint and low
And when amid no earthly moans,
Down, down in that town shall settle hence:
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence

Far down within the dim West
Where the good and the band and
The worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest

Waves have now
A red glow
Hours breathe low
No men moan




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    General CommentA rearrangement of the Edgar Allen Poe Poem titled "The City in The Sea". These lyrics are why I created a songmeanings.net account.

    This is a totally amazing piece of work on the parts of both Poe and The Ocean, listen to it and be awed.
    heyitsmikeon March 11, 2008   Link
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    Song FactAs @heyitsmike commented this is a rearrangement of Edgar Allen Poe's "The City in the Sea" poem. The poem tells the story of a city ruled by a personification of Death using common elements from Gothic fiction.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    sokornyon January 25, 2016   Link

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