12th March 2016

Kingdom Of Wessex

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The Kingdom of Wessex is one of the future settings in David R. Lee’s novel ‘The Road to Thule.’ This page presents writings that are part of that world but not necessarily included in ‘The Road to Thule’ or its prequel ‘Twisted Power.’

I’m reading the start of Chapter 1 of ‘The Road to Thule’ here.
From Chapter 3 here, and from Chapter 5 here.

The Wessex Songs
‘The Road to Thule’ has been called ‘Mad Max meets The Wicker Man.’ As with the latter film, songs are central to the atmosphere of the Kingdom of Wessex, and some of the lyrics of six songs appear in the novel.
Over the last year, some of these lyrics have had tunes and arrangements written for them.

Here are the full lyrics to the first song in the novel, which was the first to be given a tune, by Ian Read:
BEFORE THE WATERS CAME
1.
She lived in a tower of steel and glass
On the golden road of desire
The elf-lights flickered in her dress
Given life by a failing fire

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter,
In her heart was a hungry flame
She watched from the skies, the whole world in her eyes
Before the flooding came

2.
Her magic screen showed a billion lives
The world like a cat at her feet
She lived in a time which sunk and was lost,
When the waters covered the streets

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter,
In her heart was a hungry flame
She flew in a shining silver bird
Before the flooding came

3.
She breathed the scent of thousand lands
Their airs trembled in her breath
She loved the wide earth, its people and songs
Before the waters brought death

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter
In her heart was a hungry flame
She watched from the skies, the whole world in her eyes
Before the flooding came

4.
She took to herself who she wanted
I loved her more than my life
I lost my heart to the gold of her eyes
Before the waters brought strife

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter
In her heart was a hungry flame
She watched from the skies, the whole world in her eyes
Before the flooding came

5.
I knew that our love was forever
Stronger than sinew or breath
But I lost my love in the turmoil
Of the waters that brought London’s death

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter
In her heart was a hungry flame
She watched from the skies, the whole world in her eyes
And then the waters came

6.
Now we live on in the twilight
Of a world that is shrunken and poor
I mourn my lost love, as I know you mourn yours
For the waters took three billion more

Ch:
The Goddess of London’s daughter
In her heart was a hungry flame
She watched from the skies, the whole world in her eyes
And then the waters came