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Lyr Req: The Vampire (Keith Marsden)

04 Sep 10 - 05:57 AM (#2979764)
Subject: Lyr Req: The Vampire, Keith Marsden
From: Dennis the Elder

Can anyone supply me with the words of "The Vampire" by Keith Marsden please?
The song is featured on Cockersdale's "Prospect Providence" and on "Picking Sooty Blackberries"
I would also be interested in anyone's views as to the thinking behind the words. It is a beautiful song, and does not seem to follow the normal meaning of the word "Vampire" perhaps it is referring to a less than "nice" young lady!


04 Sep 10 - 07:30 AM (#2979818)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vampire Keith Marsden
From: raymond greenoaken

I've a feeling it might be Keith's setting of the Kipling poem of that name...

"a rag and a bone and a hank of hair..."


04 Sep 10 - 08:39 AM (#2979842)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vampire Keith Marsden
From: Reinhard

Yup, the song is credited on Prospect Providence as Rudyard Kipling / Keith Marsden.


04 Sep 10 - 08:42 AM (#2979845)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vampire Keith Marsden
From: MoorleyMan

Will be PM'ing you Dennis.
No need to trouble further...


07 Sep 10 - 03:48 PM (#2981752)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE VAMPIRE (Rudyard Kipling)
From: Jim Dixon

From Barrack Room Ballads and Other Poems by Rudyard Kipling (New York: T. Y. Crowell & Company, 1899), page 242:


THE VAMPIRE
THE VERSES: AS SUGGESTED BY THE PAINTING BY PHILIP BURNE-JONES.

A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care),
But the fool he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the years we waste and the tears we waste
And the work of our head and hand
Belong to the woman who did not know
(And now we know that she never could know)
And did not understand.


A fool there was and his goods he spent
(Even as you and I!)
Honor and faith and a sure intent
(And it wasn't the least what the lady meant),
But a fool must follow his natural bent
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the toil we lost and the spoil we lost
And the excellent things we planned
Belong to the woman who didn't know why
(And now we know she never knew why)
And did not understand.


The fool was stripped to his foolish hide
(Even as you and I!)
Which she might have seen when she threw him aside—
(But it isn't on record the lady tried)
So some of him lived but the most of him died—
(Even as you and I!)

And it isn't the shame and it isn't the blame
That stings like a white-hot brand.
It's coming to know that she never knew why
(Seeing at last she could never know why)
And never could understand.


07 Sep 10 - 05:59 PM (#2981838)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vampire (Keith Marsden)
From: Desert Dancer

The painting by Philip Burne-Jones. (Can't find a real color image.)


07 Sep 10 - 07:40 PM (#2981911)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vampire (Keith Marsden)
From: Dennis the Elder

Thanks all, for the excellent information.
There are some areas where Keith's work varies from the original, but certainly I have the gist of it, the differences I can amend.
Dennis