The Wordsmith

from Bless The Wind by Ivan Drever

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This song was written five years ago as a poem, and was supposed to stay that way until some friends persuaded me to write a melody for it.


Battered weary, tired and torn
All the king's soldiers, the flowers and thorns
Hardened by battle and throw away dreams
Once bitten twice shy, like a king or a queen
Only the lonely sing their songs
Covered in glory, now all on their own

All the king's horses and all the queen's men
All the young dudes couldn't quite fathom when
All of the flowers were planted in spring
So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king

All kinds of heroes that ride in the rain
All kinds of hard men, feeling no pain
Kind hearted strangers are handing out love
Poppies on green fields strewn from above
Warmongering mongrels barking at war
Package and posted, straight to your door
Hand written poems maybe ready to sing
So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king
Lead filled balloons that fall straight to the floor

Congressional leaders can't chase any more
Cupboards with cocktails that burst at the seams
More rude awakenings in the middle of dreams
Half hearted reasons for not showing up
Drowning his sorrows from a big yellow cup
Clutching at moonbeams and what they might bring
So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king


from Bless The Wind, released September 1, 2011


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Ivan Drever Inverness, UK

Ivan Drever hails from Orkney in Scotland, he has recorded a host of albums both solo and with other performers. Having worked with the Knowe O’ Deil and as a solo artist, Ivan joined Wolfstone in 1990, their work saw them perform worldwide. Ivan’s songs and tunes have been recorded by an impressive list of artists. ... more

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