"Sweet William (part 2)" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
I was born with this story, it's older than I
And yet you when you hear it you'll know in the sky
In the wind of your knowledge, In the cut of your jib
That the fibre of wind is as new from my lip
As was ever and more and ever will be
'Til the union we face casts us finally free

For we in the love of an earth-bidden dance
Stand enthralled of that, which from heaven, perchance
Lets us move with the gifts we were given in grace
And smile in the arms of Sweet William's embrace

William's wanderings took him abroad
Showed him the lay of the searcher's long road
To the place he stood now 'neath the black laden sky
And the crook of his father had brought fortune nigh
Read the sign where he looked, Not the bull, nor the bear
Nor a burly red lion, or the tortoise and hare

For we in the love of an earth-bidden dance
Stand enthralled of it, which from heaven, perchance
Lets us move with the gifts we were given in grace
And smile in the arms of Sweet William's embrace

The end of the world was the name of the inn
Said fair William farewell to the world and its sin
Its sin

Full balmy was the winter air
All wet with what might die
A wishing well, the ocean bear
A millpond in his eyes
A glance to see from whence he came
For William with a landlocked turn
Vermin what he stood to lose
The skin-shot snakes and earthy worms

His boots trod soft inside the inn
His greeted all was here
Abrasive lowly nods came back
Then bent toward their beer
They must know I thought Willy now
They've seen me come from miles
The thought was struck as whisky poured
And barmen gave all smiles

Then followed this a curious thing
The eldest of the host
Sang softly where he sat and drank
To love a worthy toast
His song was of a stranger
Summoned for his rope
In all would be to set us free
His song was strong and bold,
It went

For we in the love of an earth-bidden dance
Stand enthralled of that, which from heaven, perchance
Lets us move with the gifts we were given in grace
And smile in the arms of Sweet William's embrace

I was born with this story, it's older than I
And yet you when you hear it you'll know in the sky
In the wind of your knowledge, In the cut of your jib
That the fibre of wind is as new from my lip
As was ever and more and ever will be
'Til the union we face casts us finally free


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"Sweet William" as written by John Patrick Vivian Flynn

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  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI really got no idea what the first missing word could be, I coudn't find anything that sounds right...
    But the word missing in the fifth stanza is probably "mob"?!

    I always thought the exclamation was "pray now" rather than "right know", but it could be both. I am unable to hear it clearly.

    (There's a "put" to much in the last refrain.)
    dassindgeschichtenon June 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust some corrections... though, naturally they're pure guess...
    I thought the missing word is "swoon" .. "cried willie who swam in a room full of swoon" ... in some way it makes sense, some very off way... and later, "'it's not what i came for' cried will with disdain for the din and the clamour of CORSETS undone" ... and the shout vocals are "put it down" and then "pick it up."
    I also think it's "still the fiddle blithely sung"
    I'm not listening to the song right now, so everything could by entirely wrong... The first verse after the first shout vocal, I hear "no heed to desist .... who had seen all for naught."
    There's a few other questionable lines/words, but I've not thought as to what they could be... Thanks for posting everything. It helps immensely.
    NooneofConsequenceon July 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOh, and here is the link to support my previous claims:
    Recording the audience in Seattle, WA for the exclamations in this song.
    It starts around 30 seconds. He's hilarious, by the way.
    youtube.com/…
    beyesonfireon October 25, 2010   Link

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