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Crippled King

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An evil king who lives a life of luxury get's thrown into jail from where he watches the country plummeting into chaos. He then returns but even more vicious and out to punish his people who he feels mistreated him. I wrote this one with a middle rhyme or internal rhyming scheme (AABBA to be precise), which was cool to do. Might do that some more.
For the video I used footage from part 1 and 2 of the epos Ivan the Terrible (Иван Грозный or Ivan Grozniy) by director Sergei M. Eisenstein. Both movies are in the public domain.
I mainly used clips of a young Ivan, combined with other clips from this 3 hour saga. It was a long night. Great movies though, with a lot of beautiful shots and great acting.


I have ruled with iron hand
There ain't much I did not ban
But I fear that dawn is near
And a rising at hand

It’s despair this kingdom bleeds
And my servants who’ve tended to my needs
Fight the urge to sing their dirge
These are signs you see

Anger expelled me, made me flee
Living in wealth brought me to my knees
Strapped and tortured, stripped from my fortunes
And put in penitentiary

Hear my broken muttering
Stowed away I quietly sing
All hail
Your crippled king

Now there’s a new king called anarchy
His reign is painless but weakening steadily
On the shore of a civil war
I await their call for me

All hail

Now I’m back with iron fist
Trials so foul you wouldn’t believe existed
Now pray and hope as I take this rope
With which you bound my wrists

This is the day of reckoning
I’ll make you feel my sting
All hail
Your crippled king

All hail…


from Tales of Woe, released December 1, 2018


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Silas J. Dirge Amsterdam, Netherlands

Silas J. Dirge is the moniker adopted by songwriter Jan Kooiker. Combining an acoustic folk sound with Morriconesque guitars, he sings about everyday subjects like giving in to your black soul and having conversations with Death.

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