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20 March 2008 @ 10:20 pm
Bonus Song of the Week - Marillion "Easter"  
As it's the season I thought I'd post a bonus this week! It's from Marillion's Seasons End album (1989).

Marillion - Easter (live)

This is a live version (there is no full length studio version streaming on the web) from 1999 and apart from about 20 seconds of banter at the beginning it's priceless.

Is this my favorite song of all time? It might very well be.

It begins with a gorgeous acoustic guitar melody with a brooding vocal mourning a mother's loss.

3:12 starts one of the most emotional guitar solos ever written which smoothly transitions into the second part of the song.

When I first saw Marillion live in 1992 at the Chance in Poughkeepsie I was waiting for them to play this as it was my favorite track of theirs and as I was soaking in Steve Rothery's amazing guitar solo and Pete Trewaves stepped on the bass pedals (4:09) I felt the wave of low end wash over me and tears started rolling down my face. A moment I'll never forget.

I could talk about this song for hours...but I'd rather just listen to it.

I can't embed the link as I've been doing, but click here and it will take you there:
Easter (live)

For a little history on the song, it was written "for the people of Ireland, caught up in a war in which they wanted no part. It's a prayer for peace."

Easter
A ghost of a mist was on the field
The grey and the green together
The noise of a distant farm machine
Out of the first light came
A tattered necklace of hedge end trees
On the southern side of the hill
Betrays where the border runs between
Where Mary Dunoon's boy fell

Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now can all of your hearts be free

Out of the port of Liverpool
Bound for the North of Ireland
The wash of the spray and horsetail waves
The roll of the sea below

And Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now can all of your hearts be free

What will you do?
Make a stone of your heart?
Will you set things right?
When you tear them apart?
Will you sleep at night?
With the plough and the stars alight?

What will you do?
With the wire and the gun?
That'll set things right
When it's said and done?
Will you sleep at night?
Is there so much love to hide?

Forgive, Forget
Sing "Never again"


For the official video (edit version of song, but still cool) filmed at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland - beautiful for its imagery if nothing else - click here:


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Steve Hogarth - vocals, keys
Steve Rothery - guitar
Mark Kelly - keys
Ian Mosley - drums
Pete Trewaves - bass, vocals

Explore more Marillion - see why they are one of the best bands on the planet:
Afraid of Sunlight (live)
The Great Escape (live)
Neverland (live)


 
 
 
my illusion of careless flight: Marillionwinterspel on March 21st, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
*happy sigh* One of my all-time favorite songs! :)
jigsawangel: pic#50786126jigsawangel on March 25th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
You got it right there....lovely and timeless!