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Nathan gave me a rough sketch of the music for this song, and I wrote the words to go with it. For the inspiration see Song of Songs 3:1-4 and 4:11. -- AD

This art song best represents a true collaborative effort: I presented Alexander a song rescued from the garbage heap. After Alexander wrote me some new lyrics I adjusted my music to fit his poetic masterpiece. -- NF


I woke alone, wrapped up in darkness;
my love, my pearl, you were not there.
Your lingering scent like myrrh and cinnamon
hung like an echo in the air.
And I sought the one my soul loves.

I stepped out stumbling into the hushed city,
the furtive world before the dawn.
I asked a watchman if he had seen you;
his words were empty; I went on.
And I sought the one my soul loves.

A few steps further, I saw you standing;
glad silence swallowed my alarms.
Your hair was jeweled with gems of dewfall,
which fell like kisses on my arms,
wrapped around the one my soul loves.

I led you back into the warm room
and held you close till all was bright.
Your teeth are milk, your lips are nectar,
your scent a cloak of deep delight
wrapped around the one my soul loves.


from Before Dawn, released October 29, 2011
Music by Nathan Fivecoate
lyrics by Alexander Dove


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Alexander Dove Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexander Dove is a songwriter, poet, and composer, who also plays in the traditional Celtic folk group Dòrain. Alexander Dove is used or more-or-less solo or self-directed work, regardless of genre. Published writings are under the name Alexander Dove Lempke. ... more

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