The Eld Oak Tree

by Garvath
(Bardfest 5111)
Garvath slings a highly polished maple lute off from over his shoulder.

Garvath softly says, "Good evening my friends."

Garvath softly says, "Tonight I am playing a song some of you have heard before."

Garvath softly says, "But since it is my favorite that I've written so far, you'll just have to suffer."

Garvath softly says, "And so, without further ado."

Garvath bows low, spreading his wings for all to see.

Garvath begins playing a quiet song on his lute.

Garvath sings softly:

    "I left my love 'neath an eld oak tree
      That's where she said she would wait for me "

Garvath sings softly:

    "Her favor clutched tightly in my hand
      As I went off to war in a far off land "

Using fancy fingering, Garvath embellishes heavily on a simple theme.

Garvath sings wistfully:

    "Day and night I see her face
      As I fight in this horrid place
      Night and day they all combine
      And dreams, the only peace that I find "

With a decrease in tempo, Garvath gives his soft melody the aspect of a soothing lullabye that makes forgetting the day's cares as easy as closing your eyes.

Garvath sings softly:

    "Through many moons we fought and died
      Never knowing the reason why "

Garvath sings sadly:

    "My friends all fell and I fought alone
      No thought of rest or of home "

Using fancy fingering, Garvath embellishes heavily on a simple theme.

Garvath sings wistfully:

    "Day and night I see her face
      As I fight in this horrid place
      Night and day they all combine
      And dreams, the only peace that I find "


Using a special technique, Garvath mutes the notes of the song, giving it a gentle softness.

Garvath sings jauntily:

    "Until the day when they set me free
      And I went home triumphantly "

Garvath sings jauntily:

    "Many leagues sped beneath my feet
      My love, my heart to greet "

Using fancy fingering, Garvath embellishes heavily on a simple theme.

Garvath sings happily:

    "Day and night I see her face
      As I walk through this horrid place
      Night and day they all combine
      And dreams, the only peace that I find "

Garvath adds a soft harmony to his melody, doing little to cheer the somber quality of the ballad.

Garvath sings sadly:

    "But my love, she did not wait for me
      She's married now with a family "

Garvath sings angrily:

    "That eld oak tree, it stands no more
      Burnt tribute for that whore "

Garvath makes a dramatic change in the song's dynamics, sweeping from soft to loud in a sharp crescendo then back into the middle ranges.

Garvath sings thunderously:

    "Day and night I see her face
      As I cry in this horrid place
      Night and day they all combine
      And death, the only peace that I'll find "

With strong fingers, Garvath increases the complexity of his chords, taking the song to new melodic heights.

Garvath sings softly:

    "And death, the only peace that I'll find."

With a final slow chord, Garvath allows the notes to hang in the air for a time before their final demise into silence.

Garvath bows low, spreading his wings for all to see.