Out of the ashes

Out of the ashes

Marilisa's picture

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I wrote and recorded a series of three pieces for a friend's Unitarian service this week - this is the third one.

Lyrics: 

out of the ashes
comes the grief and comes the pain
the ruins still smoulder in the rain

out of the ashes
of what we couldn’t bear to lose
comes a world we’d never choose

and oh it will never be the same
it will never be the same

from the ruins and the rubble
from the ashes and the dust
the circle turns as circles must
and all we’ve ever had is trust
all we’ve ever had is trust

out of the ashes
comes a singing bird of fire
comes a quenching of desire

out of the ashes
comes the smallest shoot of green
to tell of wonders yet unseen

and oh who knew there was such beauty
who knew there was such joy

from the ruins and the rubble
from the ashes and the dust
the circle turns as circles must
and all we’ve ever had is trust
all we’ve ever had is trust



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johnstaples's picture

This is really beautiful! I love your vocals and guitar so much! "out of the ashes" is such a great hook/title!! And you cover the circle so well with the start being sadness and then turning to hope and promise! Really lovely work here!

dzd's picture

just lovely! really goes great with the other two as well Smile
Nailed this vocal! and the lyric is just amazing... the 2nd harmony sits so nice in this.....really nice job!
Have done your friend proud I'm sure!

standup's picture

I like verses that start with a common line, that's an important thing to remember to do now and then.

The harmonies are lovely.

I lke the juxtaposition of the phoenix image with "quenching", not what you associate with things on fire.

Ruins, ashes dust. Everybody can visualize what you're talking about.

katpiercemusic's picture

Music is a really intensely powerful part of these services. Years ago our church organist passed away. She was my friend and my mentor and my cheerleader. She was part of my non blood family. A woman I didn't know sang a song she wrote about the two of them getting older and spending time on Lake Erie. It stuck with me for years until I ran into that woman randomly at an open mic. We struck up a friendship. She sang the song for me. It was like having a piece of my friend given back to me. This song reminds me a lot of that. I just want to let you know that by writing this, you've probably given someone else that gift. I hope that's not too personal.

Marilisa's picture

Oh, that is a lovely story! Thank you for sharing, and for taking the time to comment on my pieces! I feel I need to clarify, though, as I didn't realise the ambiguity in my description - my friend is a trainee minister and was running a church service that I wrote the music for! Biggrin So not a funeral or similar. But her theme was all around the losses we are all experiencing in this time, so it all fits together one way or another...

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Classic folk sounds ... lovely guitar and vocals! Lyrics filled with great images and metaphors.

cleanshoes's picture

I've just listened to all three--what a lovely trio of pieces! This piece especially is so soothing and hopeful. It acknowledges the ruin and reminds us of the growth that can result (I like the "smallest shoot of green" line).