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Music To Accompany The Tale Of The Comet

Renaissance Live At Carnegie Hall

There are a number of songs that I associate with “The Tale Of The Comet.” One is called “Running Hard” by a rock band called Renaissance. My characters do a lot of running around in “The Tale Of The Comet,” and there is a strong element of trying to get back to “what used to be” at the heart of the story. Most of the characters, like Cameron and Susan, just want to get back to home and normality, but Kai-Tai wants “what used to be” in a much more darker sense. And for Chen-Soo getting back to “what used to be” only brings a feeling of dread. But no matter how hard they all run, their goal only seems to get further out of reach. And at the end of the story “the dark” certainly is coming down.

The second song I associate with the story is “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau. This is because the lyrics of the song have two voices which I feel represent Chen-Soo and her constant debates with her “other self,” particularly as it is the second and singular voice that becomes dominant in the end. Also the words, “But I lost your love, heart and soul,” have a significant meaning for Chen-Soo. And of course, she is constantly looking for love.

The final song I associate with the story is “I Think I Made You Smile” by Daniel Ward-Murphy. This is because this song is used on the Book Trailer for “The Tale Of The Comet,” and I feel it also represents Chen-Soo's reluctance to smile or show emotion that might get her noticed.

“Running Hard” can be found on the CD version of the 1976 double album “Renaissance Live At Carnegie Hall.” I still have the album on vinyl.

“Heart and Soul” can be found on the CD version of the 1987 album “Bridge of Spies.” It's the first track.

“I Think I Made You Smile” can be found on the 2008 CD album “Until the Morning Light” and is the third track.

Bridge of Spies Until the Morning Light

If you decide to buy either of these CD's try searching on Amazon.com or the usual search engines. If you want further information on Renaissance, try their original fan page at Northern Lights, or their website at Renaissancetouring.com, or again, try the usual search engines.

“Running Hard,” can be played by visiting the Music page of Renaissance's website here, it's the second track on the list. You can also play the live version on YouTube here. You can also play “Heart and Soul” on YouTube here. And (apart from playing the Book Trailer, which is only 30 seconds long) you can listen to the full track of “I Think I Made You Smile” by going to Daniel Ward-Murphy's website here, and selecting it from the Popular All Songs list. You can also play it on YouTube here.

The lyrics of “Running Hard,” “Heart and Soul” and “I Think I Made You Smile” are shown below.
 

Running Hard

Running hard towards what used to be
Losing ground in changes sliding endlessly
Reaching out for mirrors hidden in the web
Painting lines upon your face inside instead

Sounds so bad the music's flat on every line
Songs of blackened lace know you're dying all the time
Sounds so bad you let the music take your soul
Slipping through the day
Lose the only way you know

Running hard towards what used to be
Losing ground in changes sliding endlessly
Reaching out for things you want to see
Find reflections of insane reality

La la...

Running hard towards what used to be
Losing ground in changes sliding endlessly
Reaching out for shadows passing through
See the dark around is coming down on you

Song & Lyrics Copyright © Renaissance 1976

Heart And Soul

Something in the moonlight catches my eye
The shadow of a lover goes dancing by
Looking for a little bit of love to grow, so
Give me love, give me heart and soul
You never let me cross to the other side now
I'm tied to the hope that you will somehow
Hard on the heels of something more
But I lost your love, heart and soul

The tear in my heart as you walk on by
I feel so low and your head is high
Everything you do convinces me more, please
Give me love, give me heart and soul
Looking to the day when I saw your face
I wasn't in the running, I wasn't in the race
You move in a way that I've known before
Now I want your love, heart and soul

Tired eyes, tears that dried
On the bed, on the pillow, where the love has died
A turn of the key, through the door you go
Don't look back, to hurt me more
Everything you said was to the point
Can't you try to

Give a little bit of heart and soul

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Must I beg you



Walking on the water, walking on the air
That was the heart of the love we shared
Do you keep secret left untold
Can't give love, heart or soul
I used to have a lover with a Midas touch
I turned to gold but he turned to dust
Left me for another, I turned to stone
Now give me love, heart and soul

Tired eyes, tears that dried
On the bed, on the pillow, where you told your lies
A turn of the key, my blood runs cold
Don't look back to hurt me more
Everything you did just said it all
Can't you try to

Give a little bit of heart and soul

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Must I beg you








Give a little bit of heart and soul

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Must I beg you



Give a little bit of heart and soul

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Must I beg you



Give a little bit of heart and soul

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Must I beg you










More than an ocean

Keeps us apart

I feel a tearing in half of my heart




Leaving you ain't easy now
Loving you's the harder part
You never want me for myself
Now I've needed you right from the very start

Oh won't you even try to

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul
And don't you make me beg for more
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit of heart and soul

A walk on the water

Is all that I need

But miracles are not happening




Living in a fantasy
There's never any room to breathe
Hoping every waking hour
You'll turn around and say that we can start

Oh won't you even try to

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul
And don't you make me beg for more
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit of heart and soul

Somehow, I lost my way
Looking to see something in your eyes
But love will never compromise
Now this is the politics of life, yeah!

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul
And don't you make me beg for more
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit, little bit

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul
And don't you make me beg for more
Give a sign, I need to know
A little bit, little bit

Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of love to grow
Give a little bit of heart and soul
And don't you make me beg for more
Give a sign, I need to know, whoooah!
Give a little bit of heart and soul
Give a little bit of heart and soul

Song & Lyrics Copyright © T’Pau (Carol Decker & Ron Rogers) 1987

I Think I Made You Smile

I was there in the morning, a tick on the wall
The sweeter the face, the sweeter the fall
I was kissing a window, my breath on the pane
Gone in a moment again

All these thoughts will fade away
But oh for now I think I made you smile
Oh for now I think I made you smile

Now I am dreaming but not being fair
There's blood on your ribcage and red in your hair
A typical thinker with a life in your mind
All these shadows redefined

All these thoughts will fade away
But oh for now I think I made you smile
Oh for now I think I made you smile

All these thoughts will fade away
But oh for now I think I made you smile
Oh for now I think I made you smile

Now I long for your dawning, and I hope for the day
A beautiful meaning, is faded to grey
I sing for the ashes, sing for the rain
Smile if you want to, or complain

All these thoughts will fade away
But oh for now I think I made you smile
Oh for now I think I made you smile

Song & Lyrics Copyright © Daniel Ward-Murphy 2008



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