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Divining the lyrics of ‘Malgaard’
When we decided to include the only extant – but very poor quality – recording of the Malgaard Suite on Out Of The Coma, Bobbie spent some hours trawling through the track trying to discern the lyrics, many of which remained indecipherable. Roger had entirely forgotten what he had written, and he had long since lost any written-out version.
We printed Bobbie’s incomplete version in the booklet that accompanied the album, and said that we would be very pleased to hear if anyone could divine anything further.
Recently Leo S. contacted us. He had been attempting that very task! He wrote that;
During the final part of Malgaard, I believe there is a segment in which words can be discerned: “An ancient god” (which parallels the black gates segment of the lyrics)
and sent the following;
“There stood before us ?????
??????? age of an ancient god
The carving bolts asunder through the ?????
Grim gatesforeboding/forebode ?????”
“She breaks her tomb, ice carnal womb,
I break the surface, shatter the curse, her body exhumed
The spell disperses with a ? conjured ripple, all hope consumed”
“He cannot wait, Malgaard must date ?????? suffer to me”
His voice, like thunder ‘cross the everglades
?She dashes/launches from her plate? A chill ???? generate
Naive to think you could betray the king,
Roger read through Leo’s suggestions, but sadly, after such a long time, he couldn’t say with any certainty if they were right.
Many thanks to Leo S., though, for a valliant and much appreciated attempt. We like to think that he got them right!