Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Klaus's picture



Liner Notes: 

Song # 2 of my personal Thursday's Feast. For this song, I chose one Edgar Allan Poe as my collaborator. First four verses of Annabel Lee. I changed his "lyrics" a bit to make it more singable. Hope it's ok, Edgar. Smile

When I did this it sounded ok, I mean the way the melody and chord goes. Now it sounds a bit awkward and strange. But that's a good thing in a way...



It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


metalfoot's picture

The darkness to the melody befits the Poe-try here. I like what you've done here a lot! Awkward and strange? Perhaps a little but that's a hallmark of Poe's writings-- a hint of weirdness and darkness underneath all.

atitlan's picture

This really cool. The delivery and chords are a little out of norm in places - a bit folk-y. I'm slightly put in mind of Christopher Lee's song in 'The Wicker Man'.

cindyrella's picture

I am such an Edgar Allen lover already and yes, I think he'd approve-so much! I do too!

barbara's picture

I love it!! I wasn't familiar with fingerpicking Klaus before now; very nice! Those sustained notes work like an additional drone pattern, a place to rest, and your voice is strong and vibrant and deep; it grounds the story. The interlude was a wonderful surprise, a refreshing bit of flourish in a somewhat heavy song. These chords are like my home court, and it's wonderful to hear what you've done with them!