The Malgaard Suite

We owe a debt of thanks to two dedicated Comus fans, Dwars and Leo S, for this interpretation of the lyrics for Malgaard. Before the lyrics themselves, we thought it would also be useful to give Dwar’s introduction to the interpretation in his own words. We also felt that some readers might enjoy seeing how Dwars and Leo collaborated on creating the interpretation, so their collaborative document with their commentaries is available to view as a Google document here.

Dwar’s Preamble:

‘This is my latest interpretation of the lyrics from the sole extant recording of the first section of the Malgaard Suite. It was put together using interpretations from Bobbie, Leo, and my own listening using the digital restoration of the recording (which I used to also attempt to split the instrumental and vocals with AI) I put together. While the lyrics may not be entirely accurate, I believe most of them are consistent with Roger Wootton’s description of the story in the introduction to this track on Out of the Coma.

From what I could gather from the lyrics – in detail the story is essentially a love triangle between the fair maiden, Malgaard the Ogre Warlock, and another aspiring lover who is the narrator of most of the first person lyrics. 

The protagonist along with his colleagues desperately attempts to hide the maiden away from Malgaard, who finds her anyway due to her spirit being detected by both the protagonist and the warlock. He attempts to beguile her spirit to make her love him. She does not take it well and attempts to escape. However, it is in vain, and Malgaard, who is quite upset, imprisons her body within an ice shell in a lake.

The protagonist attempts to rescue her, and although he breaks the cursed ice shell that contained her body, the warlock may have wisped her spirit away and still has it in his possession by the end of the first part. The protagonist wishes for Malgaard to pay for what he has done and likely goes after him in the second part.

Some comments and annotations have been made about the lyrics. Of course, this is still open to interpretations’.

The lyrics:

Serene, she shimmers, shine sheen, and a shimmer, bright light, he sighs

‘neath your gleam, I’m a glimmer, me a dream, I’m much grimmer a sight

Warm shafts of her glory radiated towards me and she goes

With a sigh (Don’t worry or fear)

Went too high (Our parting is near)

And when, with her foot upon its prey, bore her life away

Weak she lay, spirit ebbed each day (x2) (Cherish our meeting, don’t mourn the past,)

Weak she lay, spirit ebbed each day (x2) (Lonely we may be, yet dream a love)

We buried her deep ‘neath the chill of the ice-frozen ground! (Cherish our meeting, don’t mourn the past,)

After we’re torn away, strangle me through the dark clouds!  (Cherish our meeting, don’t mourn the past,)

Grave decay in our hearts were made,

She shrouds my blazing memory blank

She flies, in the presence of the dark,

Her voice weaves pulsing patterns behind my eyes

Her voice weaves pulsing patterns behind my eyes

Distorts the twisting torture in disguise

Warps the contoured vortex out of sight

The carving bolts asunder through the skies

Hovering her phantom spirit visible to him and me

She’d ring all the bells for life tonight, she’d keep up her love, she’d surely die

Malgaard the magician in his ogre dominion of Ebon,

For he will be covered in jealousy, with her passion’s coming destiny

Straight from the mountain

From playing with luck in the fountain

Chatting and gloating and leering we lo

Dominion of Malgaard from Ebon

Chilled blue is our peace,

The murky swampland reeks, (Who could hear a sound, from the marshy ground x2)

Alight the mire to see (With heart aglow, with heart aglow x2)

Through the mist the sharp blue sea heralding the barren lair

I wake to find ropes that tightly bind

He lead a horse on a crooked course

Past dale and farm with all alarm

No sorrow when, tomorrow then

Praying more things grow

Reach heaven snow 

Leave more aglow

Praying more things grow

Reach heaven snow

Leave more aglow

Praying more things grow

Reach heaven snow

Leave more aglow (x7)

Black gates, lock the secret of ages,

Hold thy fate, the electric sky rages

Still we wait, as the door gapes asunder

Through the work of the ancient gods

She steps from the rocky cliffs, a danger spot with the grey cliffs over her, a distant overhang

The Earth regardless starts shuddering, the feeling from a daze meets Malgaard’s sudden gaze

His voice, like thunder ‘cross the everglades

He rises from the gate, a chill wind generates

Naïve to think you could betray the king

Her love the wicked take, she lies beneath the lake

She lies beneath the lake, she lies beneath the lake

She lies beneath the lake!

Condition my captivity

Lady claims my date now and it’s tonight

Aware to liven her ‘fore it’s too late

So I might head to her domain

Her enveloped in white winter’s throes,

I come upon the lake, clearly she’s not dead

Her image fades, an ambiguous fate

And I might head to her domain

Ice incarcerate, surface impregnate, shine or desecrate

Splintering the shell,

Conjurer create, surface radiate, form disintegrate

Shattering the shell

Ice incarcerate, surface impregnate, shine or desecrate

Splintering the shell,

Conjurer create, surface radiate, form disintegrate

Shattering the shell

Can you hear, all that fire

In my heart, and need

Gathering

Oh I know nothing that’s quite undying

She grace her tomb, ice carnal womb

I break the surface, shatter the curse, her body exhumed

The spell disperses with a conjured ripple, hope consumed

And all the birds have flown

From the skies, to my eyes

Flying far away

He cannot wait, Malgaard must date

Depravity, suffer to me

Or I know, I know I must die, alone

Straight from the mountain

From playing with luck in the fountain

Chatting and gloating and leering we  ‘lo

Dominion of Malgaard from Ebon

Who could hear a sound, from the marshy ground x2

With heart aglow, with heart aglow x2

Who could hear a sound, from the marshy ground x2

With heart aglow, with heart aglow x2

There stood before us a jewel from a time old

Long before the age of the ancient gods

The carving bolts asunder through a splay

Grim gates foreboding wonder, take me away