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The Miser's Will IV: The Engineer

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What’s it about?

The previous songs were about the executor of the will collecting various weird body parts and then having them assembled. Here we see why as he reads the will to the miser’s mourning relatives.

What’s going on musically?

This is was such fun to write. There are callbacks and reprises from every other song in this, building up to the 4/4 version of the Cartographer’s Tale chorus as the miser’s sinister purpose is revealed.

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I woke in this workshop
Vision pink around the edge
handcuffed to this workbench
I'll do as I'm told
The Man in black has me working all night long

Claws made of metal and leather.
Soil and rust to be cleaned off.
Handcuffed to this workbench I'll fix what I'm told to fix.
The man in black has me working oh so hard

The last chance I have of staying alive
Is if I can assemble these pieces
The executor he keeps me alive
But he keeps my mind in pieces.

I remember flowers I remember my lost love
What her name could be escapes me now
Among the things I'm dreaming of

I have welded steel to flesh and fed it electricity
There are brains in jars and men with scars
Of the things i forget I've seen.

The last chance I have of staying alive
Is if I can assemble these pieces
The executor he keeps me alive
But he keeps my mind in pieces.

They keep me awake
They keep all the lights on
However I cry out
They keep all the lights on
All the lights on

The last chance I have of staying alive
Is if I can assemble these pieces

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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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