Lament for the Queer Dead

Gone away into the night
Gone away into the ground
Gone away into the fire
So many gone

Ashes flying on the wind
Ashes scattered on the sea
Ashes turned into the earth
So many gone

 Empty house and empty bed
Empty room and empty town
Empty sky and empty arms
So many gone

 Falling down a well of grief
Drowning in a sea of despair
How can love begin again
So many gone

 Oh I can see you now standing with the others
On the deck in the blue and purple twilight
And we hold each other close on a ship of many lovers
And we talk hand in hand before you go
I can see the faces there many ages many colors
And they all gaze far away into the evening
There are friends there that I know and so many many others
And they're eager for their journey to begin

 Some have come there with their loves and some have come alone
They all embrace in the light and in the shadow
And we say our farewells with our arms around each other
And you tell me I will see you again
And you tell me I will see you again

 I am happy for you then
On your journey to a home
But when I wake all that I know
Is you are gone

 I can dream you in that place
Laughing smiling healthy and strong
But when I wake all that I know
Is you are gone

 Some days tears are all I have
Some days anger and despair
And some days dreams are all I have
Since you are gone

 So fly away my love on the violet ship of beauty
Fly away through the night into the morning
Oh fly away my love on the silken purple sails
Fly away through the darkness to the dawn

 Oh fly away my love on the violet ship of beauty
Fly away through the night in the morning
Oh fly away my love on the silken purple sails
Fly away through the darkness to the dawn

 Fly away into the night
Fly away into the stars
Fly away into the dawn
To lovers arms
To lovers arms

Lyrics: Sparky T. Rabbit

Tune: Greg Johnson and Sparky T. Rabbit

From their 1983 album Lunacy: Hand of Desire

 

Photo: Macha Nightmare

Shown (L-R): Steven Posch, Sparky T. Rabbit, Wren Swart