I Built a Great Bridge

by @beacon @stephenwordsmith

Liner Notes

Ken: Every FAWM or 50/90, I need (in a visceral sense) to set some of the lyrics of @stephenwordsmith to music. When I read these lyrics (https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/1507), I just knew that it would fit my full on bardic sense with some sweeping vocals. I threw together this rough recording, as I just wanted to get something out before I left for a few days.
#ukulele #collab #guy_with_ukulele #acoustic_one_take

Lyrics

I [I] built a great bridge that went [iii] nowhere
Un[IV]sure if by [vi] chance or des[V7]ign
With [ii] sturdy foundations and [iii7] strongest intentions
And [IV] small inter[ii]vention di[V7]vine

It [I] rose in an arc like a [iii] seagull
With a [ii] tumbling tumultuous [V7] vault
And [ii] handsomely spanned every [I] hole in the land
Then it [ii] came, as if [IV] planned, to a [V7] halt

Yes, I [I] built a great bridge that went [iii7] nowhere
But I [ii] tell you it's [V7] nobody's [I] fault

I [I] built a great temple with [iii] one wall
To [ii] lift up the [vi] spirits with[V7]in
With [ii] visions so brave of a [iii7] chancel and nave
For for[IV]giving the [ii] gravest of [V7] sin

But [I] anyone seeking its [iii] comfort
Would [ii] find themselves tied in a [V7] knot
And [ii] certainly falter en [I] route to the alter
For [ii] wall-to-wall [IV] this place was [V7] not

Yes, I [I] built a great temple with [iii7] one side
But [ii] not cause I [V7] simply for[I]got

BRUDGE
And [ii] not every bud will [iii] become a red rose
And [vi] not every egg a white [iii] swan
A [I] seed if its lucky be[iii]comes a [ii] wild wood
But most are soon windswept and [V] gone
And [ii] not every effort be[vi]comes a re[ii]ward
And [ii] not every word becomes [iii] wise
And [I] not every listener will [iii] see the song [IV] through
Un[ii]til its untimely de[V7sus4]mise [V7]

I [I] built a great fire that soon [iii] sputtered
Though [IV] blazed for a [vi] moment so [V7] clear
And [ii] in that brave second the [iii7] kindler reckoned
Its [IV] light beckoned [ii] all to come [V7] near

And [I] keep yourself warm with the [iii] promise
Of [ii] something so brilliant to [V7] come
To an [ii] ear they would lend to a [I] hopeful old friend
Who'd [ii] stave off the [IV] cold and the [V7] numb

Yes, I [I] built a great fire that soon [iii7] sputtered
But in [ii] dying, was a beacon to [V7] some

Yes, I [I] built a great temple with [iii7] one side

Yes, I [I] built a great bridge that went [iii7] nowhere
But I [ii] tell you it's [V7] nobody's [I] fault



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I think this is the perfect treatment for this thought-provoking lyric. And it's so easy to listen to. Nice work.

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“It rose in an arc like a seagull” The way you sing this Beacon🎶sounds amazing! Sweet honey vocals singing Shakespearean words. Lovely collab!

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@nadine

The bard came and left us with a great insight. So happy that you decided to build bridges made of words and not of stone. They didn't went nowhere - That's for sure! I had to listen twice to get the meaning and the music both. Great collaboration!

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It's always interesting to listen to a performance of words one wrote oneself. There were a few feelings involved going into this one - frustration, mainly, with a bit of wryness and some self-reflection and insight. Your delivery, I think, emphasises the last of the three; it's the gentle wisdom that shines through in the piece.

Funnily enough, I also found myself losing the words in the performance. I think it's partly because the singer exudes more confidence than the lyricist regarding what's going on - I found myself carried softly along from start to finish, despite the fact that the song is all about things coming to abrupt halts.

Beautiful demo - thank you, as ever, for thinking of me.

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@gm7

Very deep lyrics and @beacon has woven his musically style to create a memorable piece of musically fabric.

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Bardic is definitely the word! And this is beautifully sung, fitting the lyrics perfectly. Nice collaboration!

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Such a brilliant marriage of music and lyrics creating a timeless gorgeous ballad. The poetic use of language is absolutely gorgeous and the beautiful melody is so wonderfully delivered by those lovely clear tender vocals. Love love love this!

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this is the pinaccle of words and music together. i had to listen twice, as i was so swept away by the singing the first time that i had to listen aagain to fully appreciate stephens inspired poetry, there are plenty of exquisite phrases throughout, but the bridge takes the prize for its wisdom,

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Thought provoking lyrics set to appropriately bardic music. The sentiment is witty and enlightening!

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Classic folksong feel to this in beacon's capable hands. A suitable setting for such strong syllables!