Merlin and Vivian

from by Garth East

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This is the 'true' legend from the old English stories of King Arthur. It is about the ill fated adventure of the (perhaps too Yang) magician Merlin with his (more powerful and perhaps too Yin) sorceress lover Vivian.


On a rock in a lake at a castle square
I met a young maiden dancing there
We spoke butterflies
that forgave our lies
And we danced in the heather
I know not where

I followed her there
so she followed me here
She said that her name was Vivian
Vivian dear won't you come away
far away with me

We sent glistening spheres
through streams so clear
Held their telltale lanterns green
we woke the woods with Chinese chimes
Chasing Moondust for the Queen

Travelling through in a wooden shoe
we stopped along the way
A note for me was pinned to a tree
so I read what it had to say

Your love to trust is your love that stays
away from the secrets you don't betray
Stay alive then you'll stay inside
Your mind and the music
that you have made

I looked at my lady and she looked at me
to the note we paid no heed
We sailed upstream through bright leaves green
'til my true love said to me

Merlin dear may we stop here
I fear that you don't love me
All secrets we share
you are aware
That there's one that I long to see

For I have heard from the learned bird
'twas you who won Dundee
By a secret with a power to lock a man
Alive in a rock or a tree

'Tis true fair maid by a power not mine
I brought these things to pass
But if I tell you the charm you could do me harm
Please trust my love alas..

(repeat Chorus)

But Merlin did tell the forbidden spell
which Vivian did repeat
His love betrayed
Merlin spent his days
Locked in the trunk of a tree


from In the Forest, released April 15, 2001
Words and Music by Garth East



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Garth East Victoria, British Columbia

If the gifts of nature are called "natural resources" then I guess music is also a natural resource.
I have been living and loving and learning about all kinds of natural resources since I was a young boy here on the west coast of Canada. The strength of the land and the water that connects us all depends on how well we are able to "sing in this land"- and how well we can respect the whole. ... more

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