The Ranger and The Cleric

from by Jim Griffin

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Origins and corruptions of a mythic story-cycle


(i) Thoughts Combine (0’00’’)

(ii) The Ranger and the Cleric (4’41’’)

The Ranger and the Cleric
Observed their home of
Eighteen years
From a far-off hilltop
In the forest
Where to them
The light had first appeared

“The village looks peaceful
And contented
Oh but we can hear the march of time”
And silence descended on the clearing
As the thoughts of both combined

Has dug his restless claws in us
Oh it’s like they always said it was
No-one ever thought that it was true.

And gently
The slightest sound behind them
As the cloak of green was rearranged
A cough and then an introduction
The exchange of very famous names

And then the Prophet told them of
The visions she had seen
The birth of a legend
Behind that shield of green
Of adventures ending in the stars
Beginning in the dust
Of the things that could never happen
And the things that must

Has spread her gilded wings for us
Oh it’s like they always said it was
No-one ever thought that it was true

(iii) The Visions of the Prophet (8’00’’)

(iv) Agent Provocateur (11’11’’)

A figure in a tavern
In the northern icy wastes
Clutches to a letter
For the three he now awaits
Soon his mission will be done
And he can ride for home
But although with him the tales’ begun
To this day he is unknown

Some say:
A mage disguised in horsehair
Some say he was
A God made man on earth
Some; a simple farmer’s son
Who toiled between the stones
Planting seeds from which his crop
Of epic tales was grown
Some say there was no messenger
Just a single word
Whispered to the Ranger
But the Ranger misheard


It’s like they always said it was
No-one ever thought that it was true
But it was true.
It was now.

(v) In a single word they were bound to begin and never end (15’41’’)

Fragment #1 [unnamed; original source; cat. no. MU-RC-7001] (16’46’’)

(vi) Gentle Deeds of Charity (17’22’’)

Fragment #2 [“Exodus to the stars” cat. no. MU-RC-7209] (20’09’’)

(vii) Tellings [Interrupted] (20’37’’)

Fragment #3 [unnamed; original source; cat. no. MU-RC-7005] (25’37’’)

(viii) Re-tellings (26’11’’)

(ix) Ancient Memories from beneath the Pillars of Creation [containing passages from the cosmic canon - original sources lost] (28’25’’)

This was the last tale
You told me
With the
Saddest eyes
I ever saw
"Beneath the Pillars of Creation
Which fell so many years before…"

I could feel your words
I felt your words
Tumbling down on me

"The Siege of Oort,
The Flight of Nameless Things
Through Phosphorescent
Ancient Halls"
Space expands
Through the fragments
Of the stories I have heard

I could feel your words
I feel your words
Slipping away from me

I forget so much it scares me
And sadly people most of all
A life of floating pieces haunted
By the saddest eyes I ever saw.

The saddest eyes I ever saw
Were yours

(x) Into the future but not into the past [disputed provenance] (35’39’’)

(xi) Vanishing Point [corrupted partial remnant] (38’22’’)

Book of gentle deeds;
Record of our cosmic lives
Paladin and Priest
Who dreamed, starry-eyed
Oh these stories
Contained within are
Messages for
All our times
We hope they travel
Through uncorrupted lines

O don't forget us…


from The Ranger and The Cleric, released February 25, 2015
Written & Performed by Jim Griffin



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