This is an original song in folk style that appears on the instrumental album Sugarloaf Licks. I am publishing what is a very basic acoustic version with vocal as a free track because the vocal is by Avanna, the Vocaloid and may interest people as a demo.
Recently a friend heard this and thought it was a real woman, which is encouraging for the robot singer community.
The lyrics were written first as a poem, and are published in full here,but the two last verses are omitted from the recording.
Child of the forest, with the flowers and the trees all around you,
Where will you go when no-one has a flock to drive?
You were free, a mountain rover
But the Summer is over,
Changes like an avalanche surround you–
Can a single tree survive?
I’ve seen you stand, when the candles of Christmas were glowing,
Still as a man of stone among the rushing crowds;
Once in early Spring I passed you
On your way to high pasture,
To the echoes and pure water flowing
By your shelter in the clouds.
All of the flocks that you brought down are peacefully sleeping,
All of your schoolfriends moved away or dead and gone;
There’s a farm that will receive you,
A soft bed to relieve you,
But you’ll never see your lover weeping
When you rise and carry on.
Last of the shepherds, with all that you own on your shoulder,
Maybe you have some savings or a place somewhere;
But you wear rough wool and leather
That have seen years of weather
And your face is like a craggy boulder,
Sunset red but lined with care.
released October 25, 2014
Vocal: Avanna (Vocaloid) ed. Paul Nash
Guitar: Paul Nash
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