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Act One


by Hammill Peter. Buy album CD: Other Songs A - W


THE CHORUS The chorus has often an unenviable role to play,
often a distasteful task to perform;
summoned as witness to uncounted crime,
she's the silent accomplice of all,
then she turns and comments on the action.
She hears... observes, but must never betray her emotions
She moves, unseen, the characters oblivion of her presence;
a simple stage device.
She cannot hide, cannot take sides.
It his curse that she must stay and comment on the action...
A young man named Montresor lately received an urgent
letter from a dear friend of childhood,
Roderick Usher by name,
In which his friend begged him to come
with all speed to the family seat.
So, during the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day
in the autumn of the year,
when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens,
he had been passing through
a singularly dreary tract of country
'till he found himself,
as the shades of night drew on,
within view of the melancholy house of Usher
MONTRESOR: That must be the house.
There is no other within many miles.
But surely not... It's just an empty shell,
devoid of life;
a sterile outcrop of stone amid the mire.
But there can be no doubt, this is the house!
And yet it looks so dark, so forbidding , so dead.
That great crumbling facade,
windows just like vacant eyes
that peer upon the stagnant,
glistening blackness of the lake...
I have never seen anything like it!
The gloom, the rotting dankness of the place...
It must be my imagination,
the darkness and the cold...
Yet still, far beneath the plane of thought
and quite against my will,
my heart begins to tremble
in mad anticipation of the House
and I am forced to recognise
a consciousness of fear;
a cold and senseless fear,
nameless, formless, chilling to the bone...
No, it's just the leaden air that makes me
forget myself, the weather and the dusk.
This must be all that sets my teeth on edge
and the hairs at the nape of my neck to attention.
And what of his sister?
This does not speak of her
but I understand she, too, lives with him
here in the House of Usher,
home of the family for five hundred years or more.
It's a strange place, a strange house,
an even stranger clan;
all either saints or mad,
not an ordinary man among them;
geniuses all...
But, all time-honoured as it is,
the Usher race has put forth no enduring branch.
And so from sire to son, from sire to son
the patrimony and the name have been passed.
Through all their ancestry no cousins,
aunts of bastards
disturb the singular symmetry
of the family tree.
Well then, so I am here; I have come;
and it is too late, to dark to run.
But what a chilling sight,
this palace crouching in the night...
Ah, there! A light!
I am awaited; I am expected;
I shall not disappoint my friend.
End of Act One



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  1. A Louse is Not a Home
  2. Act Five
  3. Act Four
  4. Act One
  5. Act Six
  6. Act Three
  7. Act Two
  8. Again
  9. Breakthrough
  10. Candle
  11. Central Hotel
  12. Child
  13. Comfortable
  14. Curtains
  15. Description
  16. Easy to Slip Away
  17. Empresss Clothes
  18. Faint Heart and the Sermon
  19. Ferret and Featherbird
  20. Film Noir
  21. Fireships
  22. Flight
  23. Fogwalking
  24. Forsaken Gardens
  25. German Overalls
  26. Given Time
  27. Glue
  28. Golden Promises
  29. Happy
  30. Hesitation
  31. His Best Girl
  32. I Will Find You
  33. Imperial Zeppelin
  34. Imperial Zeppelin (chris Judge Smith)
  35. In Slow Time
  36. In the Black Room
  37. Incomplete Surrender
  38. Jeunesse Doree
  39. Labour of Love
  40. Losing Faith in Words
  41. My Experience
  42. No More
  43. No More (the Submariner)
  44. Now More Than Ever
  45. Oasis
  46. Ophelia
  47. Out Oyster
  48. People You Were Going To
  49. Re Awakening
  50. Red Shift
  51. Reprise
  52. Rock and Role
  53. Rubicon
  54. Shingle Song
  55. Sign
  56. Sitting Targets
  57. Slender Threads
  58. Solitude
  59. Stranger Still
  60. Summer Song
  61. Summer Song (in The Autumn)
  62. Sunshine
  63. Tapeworm
  64. The Birds
  65. The Jargon King
  66. The Lie
  67. The Lie (bernini's St Theresa)
  68. The Spirit
  69. Thunder
  70. Time for a Change
  71. Time For A Change (chris Judge Smith)
  72. Time Heals
  73. Traintime
  74. Vision
  75. Whats It Worth
  76. Wilhelmina

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