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The Miser's Will I: The Cartographer's Tale

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This is the first song from The Miser’s Will, a series of interlinked songs that share a story and some musical ideas.

There were basically two ideas that drove these songs along. One was the desire to write a set of songs I could actually play live, just me and my guitar. I’m a singer songwriter used to performing as a solo acoustic act, but with Spinning the Compass I foolishly composed a set of songs that were very hard to play in that manner. The Miser’s Will is an attempt to rectify this...

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And I'll confess, I didn't know what I would find
I drew these maps, but I didn't make the marks that you see
Follow, follow said the letter and so I did
And I'll confess, I didn't know what I would find

Drawing maps should lead you so far astray

Hello my love look what I found
Hidden in a hole in the ground
I dug these metal claws out of the earth and I don't know why

I'll confess, it's strangest tale I have heard
I received this map, with instructions to follow and dig.
Dig dig dig, is what it said and so I did,
And now I'm bound to take what I found into town

Drawing maps shouldn't lead me so far astray

Hello my love look what I found
Hidden in a hole in the ground
They're brass and gold and leather too
Dead yet somehow feel alive
I dug these metal claws out of the ground and I don't know why

Are you the one who sent for me?
The will's executer?
Are you the one who wants these claws,
Are you the man I seek?

Put down the gun, I did as you asked
Put down the gun please

Drawing maps shouldn't lead you so far astray

Goodbye my love, cos what I found
Hidden in a hole in the ground
Has cost me everything that I hold dear
Cost me everything that we shared

Goodbye my love, where I go now
Is not shown on any map
I return to you if only I could
If only I knew the way

I dug those metal claws out of the ground and I don't know why.

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from Ironbark (2016 expanded edition), released May 23, 2016

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Tom Slatter London

A latter-day Victorian street-theatre barker with a guitar promising tales of mystery, imagination, ‘orrible murders and bloody great waving tentacles’ is how Tom Slatter has been described. Since 2010 he has been scaring audiences with five albums and numerous EPs of storytelling songs. ... more

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