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The Princess and the Clock

from Civilisation II by Kero Kero Bonito

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richtribeca I'm addicted to this song. I'm in NYC, I'm 58, I'm a musician (with perfect pitch so I'm so into your changes) and audio engineer (to even more enjoy the production, all the way down to that growling synth bass). Killer melody too. Wish the lyrics could be more easily understood, but I can deal. I'm addicted.
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KKB explain; “The Princess and the Clock" is the tale of a young explorer who is kidnapped while sailing the world, imprisoned at the top of a tower and worshipped as royalty by an isolated society. Trapped in her chamber, she spends years dreaming of escaping, until one day she disappears. A legend of our own invention, "The Princess and the Clock" was written before Covid emerged, though the long, lonely hours and escapist dreams its protagonist experiences will be relatable to many right now. It's a song for anyone who has ever felt trapped, lost and alone.”

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oh-oo-oh
high up in a chamber
she painted pictures of the land that made her
oh-oo-oh
shadowed by a clock face
the hands arrested at the time she came and
when she peered outside
she saw the birds so high
that she made a wish
to grow one day her own pair of wings

she sailed long from afar
to find herself in the world
when in the wind she heard and island call
and so she followed it and came ashore
on a beach with a crowd
("we waited here for you")
then a voice said it was true
"we all prayed for a princess
you're the one heaven sent"

oh-oo-oh
high up in a chamber
she painted pictures of the land that made her
oh-oo-oh
just to remember
for the memory got lost in the dark
oh-oo-oh
shadowed by a clock face
the hands arrested at the time she came and
though she showed the passing of the days
eternally a child she would remain

before she felt any fear
the air escaped into silence
she woke up lying in a gilded bed
with half a dozen maids around her
"we're keeping you safe
in a tall place
where you can see
all the land you lead for us by god's decree
hail to the girl
our queen"

as the nights ran
together blurring into years
her brushstrokes never disappeared

oh-oo-oh
high up in a chamber
she painted pictures of the land that made her
oh-oo-oh
just to remember
for the memory got lost in the dark
oh-oo-oh
shadowed by a clock face
the hands arrested at the time she came and
though she showed the passing of the days
eternally a child she would remain

until one day when a clatter rang through the hills
they found her gone and a smashed-open windowsill
a feather hung in the air
and the once stopped clock
was ticking on

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from Civilisation II, track released February 24, 2021

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