Jest Of Tragedy

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JEST OF TRAGEDY

WHAT YOU WANT
AND WHAT YOU HAVE
DO NOT ALWAYS MASK WHAT YOU SEEK TO HIDE
WHEN DORMANT THE DANGER LIES
DO YOU KNOW THE COURSE YOU’LL TAKE
WHEN THE WINDS ARISE?
IT’S A GAME
WITHIN A PLAY
IT’S AN ACT AND THE SCRIPT WILDLY FLUCTUATES
IT’S A JEST
OF TRAGEDY
YOU CAN BET THE TRUE PLAYER WILL NEVER BE
TOO FAR AWAY
FROM THE FRAY
LENDING A HAND TO
THE WILLING HYPNOTIZED
THE JOKE IS LAID BETWEEN THE LINES

WILL YOU BREAK
BEFORE YOU DIVE?
WILL YOU THINK OF ALL THE THINGS YOU COULD HAVE DONE?
OR WILL IMPULSE LEAD THE ACT?
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE
UNTIL YOUR MIND
TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS
ABOVE THE STAGE
TILL DARKNESS SILENCES
THE APPLAUSE AND THE PRAISE
IT DEPENDS ON WHO WROTE THE LINE

THE SLOW HAND BURNS
THE TABLE TURNS
THE GLASS HITS THE FLOOR
THE WIND SLAMS THE DOOR
HISTORY UNRAVELS WITH THE FLIGHT OF CROWS
AS THE SIRENS CRY
THEIR CODE RED PLIGHT
SHADOW DANCES
ALONG THE FRACTURED WALL

WILL YOU STAND
TRUE AND PROUD
OR WILL THE CLAY FOOT OF TIME BREAK YOU APART?
WILL YOU DON AN EMPTY SMILE
AS THE COLD OF WINTER FREEZES YOUR TIRED SPINE
AS YOUR MIND
TURNS THE PAGES
AS THE PICTURES FLY
BEFORE THE EYE THAT COUNTS THE AGES?
IT DEPENDS ON WHO WROTE THE LINE

Music & lyrics Francis Voignier 05/11/2016
© 2016 US Copyright Office

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from Chasms & Echoes, released August 5, 2017
FV: vocals, guitars, bass & synths
Alejandro Del Toro: drums
Jack LeBlanc: trumpet
Marcel Broussard: sax

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Francis Voignier San Francisco, California

I started my first band in 1967 and never looked back. I moved from Eastern France to Paris and then London where I made my professional debut. I worked in NYC
as a sideman between 78 and 82 before heading for SF where I did 10 years in the trenches with more bands than I can remember. I now live in Arcata, California.
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