Decameron Pieces

by The Rebel Wheel

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All chains are not equal, nor locks are shorn, From rings that burden people, common tyrant in household form. Walk to the church in morning, takes to her knee, heeding the witches warning: hollow Friar, false identity. He is waiting, he is watching, he is waiting, he is listening. Every door, yields to him, comes at night and has his whim. Man of cloth, man of stealth, comes inside and takes your wealth. Lock the doors! Seal it tight! Keep the prize safe within! I will watch, every night, I'll reveal all the sin! Mother, watcher of your children. Father, keeper of the light. Aid me , help me to discover, dark stain seeping through my life! I will hide unafraid! I will smite twisted cross! Seal my fate! Stay my hand! Keep it poised! Count no cost! Lock the doors! Seal it tight! Keep the prize safe within! I will watch, every night, I'll reveal all the sin! "Meanwhile every night soft as shadow, he comes in stealthily, comely and of feature bold his welcome presence in my bed. Foolish husband down below who hides among his shuttered doors pays a fee he'll always owe and never give his heart a pause. Half light in the muted glow he cast upon our earthly lives follow him into the deep jealous of his sequestered wife. Chains not made of steel but forged in the dark caverns of his fear, bound by lust and and greed he's gorged, tarnished the value of his years." Jailor caught in his own jail! Lock the doors! Seal it tight! Keep the prize safe within! I will watch, every night, I'll reveal all the sin! I will hide unafraid! I will smite twisted cross! Seal my fate! Stay my hand! Keep it poised! Count no cost! Now comes the true confession, unchain your heart. Recant this cruel obsession, facades and folly have torn apart.
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Day 9 Tale 6 Ride to the Inn where his love lies waiting: soon he will be with her there, under the roof where her family's keeping watch over their daughter fair. And then with his friend they arrive at the Inn as two weary travelers the charade begins. Then in the room while the parents sleep the first steals away to her side. Some cat in the night wakes her mother and she quietly gets out of bed. There's nothing to see so it's back to the room but she goes to the wrong man instead. As she feels the sweet breath warming her face, she sinks into the second friend's embrace. Just before dawn he leaves his loved one fair, but goes to the bed of the father in error. There in the dark he begins to confide his night to the one whom he lies beside. The mother can hear her husband's shouts and knows that she wasn't with him. Quickly she steals into her daughter's bed and loudly declares through the din: "I slept here all night in our daughter's bed, trust not a word that sleep-walker has said!" Out through the light the two strangers ride and vow to themselves to return.

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Songs The Rebel Wheel contributed to Musea's Decameron Project 2013-15

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released December 3, 2018

David: bass, guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals, mandolin, banjo

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The Rebel Wheel Ottawa, Ontario

Steeped in dark cinematic soundscapes and complex, turn-on-a-dime arrangements, The Rebel Wheel features a frenetic mix of rock aggression, complex compositions and unpredictable odd-meter vamps. Originally formed in 1991 as a fusion-based midi ensemble, the floating lineup has gradually focused on a modern, more performance-oriented, genre-blending Prog. ... more

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