take this cold body
anoint his heirs
take a dollar for the crossing
from coins in his name

souls slight of coin, slight of name?
then i'll meet you at the back gate
and greet you just the same

tarry to my side
and we'll walk on
to where the frost of the dead king
weigh heavy on the vine

long it's been said
that the worth of a man be his woman
and his lands how he tends

Lyrics submitted by zoomlet, edited by beeeat

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    General Comment(chaos in a good sense :=) )
    leech3on April 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe I'm the first to comment on this song! Espers is my favorite contemporary band, but this song just totally blew me away. Acid folk at its best. I've never heard a "bad trip" song quite like this before.

    It starts of pretty normal, at least for this band, but between the 3 and 4 minute mark it gets absolutely insane. Probably the best organized chaos of any studio album I've heard. And what IS that instrument that starts around 6:20 and is one of the last to tapper off? It sounds like...I dunno, a distorted BAGPIPE or something (????). The instrumental second half is by far my favorite part, but the lyrics are typical of espers: vague and archaic, almost poetry.
    laguna20191on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe version i have of this song is 4: 39
    Ddaduttaon February 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the instrument on Dead King is a hurdy-gurdy. Real one, I mean. Not an organ grinder. I'm THINKING I read this somewhere, by the way, so I'm not actually sure if that's what it is or not.
    Elegnaimon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou sure those lyrics are correct?
    "the worlds of a man be his woman"
    "his lands have retainers"
    makes no sense to me, but i'm no native speaker.
    leech3on April 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBtw, how do you even try to discern what instrument starts when in that chaos?
    leech3on April 14, 2008   Link

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