"The Dead Waltz" as written by and Benjamin P Cooper....
I saw your daughter yesterday
As I was idle on the porch
She slept-walked from your house down the walkway
As though she'd done it all before
And the moon was out

And in her gown beside the riverbed
She got down on her knees
And wrapped her long hair up in vines
And leaves, and branches and with the wind beneath her feet
Oh, she waltzed with the dead

And everything was bathed
In light white as milk
As the impossible began
She danced across the water's edge
But her feet, they didn't sink as though she flew

I ran out in the water
With a lantern in my hand
I was waste deep and shivering
I took her wrist and walked her in
I was loathe to interrupt her
But I had to get her home
If people were to see this
They'd gather up, raise hell and burn her alive

Don't you mind, don't you mind, she'll be fine
Tie a bell around her ankle
Before she lays down at night
And the sound of her footsteps
Will wake me in time
Don't you mind, don't you mind
I'll watch over her
As though she were mine


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"The Dead Waltz" as written by Benjamin P Cooper

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    General CommentI can't believe there aren't any comments for this yet!
    Such a beautiful song. I hate that it took me so long to discover this album-I was stuck on "Ghost" for a long time.
    I love the last part-

    "don't you mind, don't you mind
    she'll be fine
    tie a bell around her ankle
    before she lays down at night
    and the sound of her footsteps
    will wake me in time
    don't you mind, don't you mind
    I'll watch over her
    as though she were mine"

    One of my favorites on this album, besides "Always Gold" and "Ghost Towns".
    sushicat0on March 22, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAll of the songs from Radical Face's Family Tree trilogy (roots, branches, and leaves) tell the intertwined stories of a single family's history over the course of a few hundred years. This song in particular tells the story of Abigail and a man named Tom (described as "simple" and referenced in the later songs Always Gold and Crooked Kind).

    I don't have the full details, but, due to some of the imagery that Ben sings about my belief is that Abigail has some kind of supernatural powers, and that Tom, upon witnessing them, decides to protect her, instead of have her accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake.
    SephNiteon June 05, 2015   Link

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