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Old 23 January 2018, 09:46 AM
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Icon106 H.P. Lovecraft poem sung to the tune of Billy Joel's 'Piano Man'

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"Nemesis" is a 101-year-old poem that tells the haunting tale of a shadowy supernatural being beset by other ancient evil things. It's told in Lovecraft's recognizable way, where he says a lot of creepy things but doesn't actually tell you anything. What better replacement lyrics for Joel's jaunty song about some tavern performer?

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Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
I have lived o'er my lives without number,
I have sounded all things with my sight;
And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.

I have whirled with the earth at the dawning,
When the sky was a vaporous flame;
I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded, without knowledge or lustre or name.

I had drifted o'er seas without ending,
Under sinister grey-clouded skies,
That the many-forked lightning is rending,
That resound with hysterical cries;
With the moans of invisible daemons, that out of the green waters rise.

I have plunged like a deer through the arches
Of the hoary primordial grove,
Where the oaks feel the presence that marches,
And stalks on where no spirit dares rove,
And I flee from a thing that surrounds me, and leers through dead branches above.

I have stumbled by cave-ridden mountains
That rise barren and bleak from the plain,
I have drunk of the fog-foetid fountains
That ooze down to the marsh and the main;
And in hot cursed tarns I have seen things, I care not to gaze on again.

I have scanned the vast ivy-clad palace,
I have trod its untenanted hall,
Where the moon rising up from the valleys
Shows the tapestried things on the wall;
Strange figures discordantly woven, that I cannot endure to recall.

I have peered from the casements in wonder
At the mouldering meadows around,
At the many-roofed village laid under
The curse of a grave-girdled ground;
And from rows of white urn-carven marble, I listen intently for sound.

I have haunted the tombs of the ages,
I have flown on the pinions of fear,
Where the smoke-belching Erebus rages;
Where the jokulls loom snow-clad and drear:
And in realms where the sun of the desert consumes what it never can cheer.

I was old when the pharaohs first mounted
The jewel-decked throne by the Nile;
I was old in those epochs uncounted
When I, and I only, was vile;
And Man, yet untainted and happy, dwelt in bliss on the far Arctic isle.

Oh, great was the sin of my spirit,
And great is the reach of its doom;
Not the pity of Heaven can cheer it,
Nor can respite be found in the tomb:
Down the infinite aeons come beating the wings of unmerciful gloom.

Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
I have lived o'er my lives without number,
I have sounded all things with my sight;
And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.
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Old 23 January 2018, 03:31 PM
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OK, so he cheats by adding the tag line on each verse, and someone should explain the difference between an "abyss" and an "abscess"... Still, pretty well done.
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I caught that last bit, too, and thought that "abscesses of night" certainly sounded like something Lovecraft would write.

But the rest of it was so good that I can't hold a grudge over some dropped lines, oddly-sung phrases, or wrong words.
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Old 23 January 2018, 04:36 PM
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I can also hear it to the tune of "Iris" by the Goo-Goo Dolls.
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Old 23 January 2018, 04:49 PM
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I caught that last bit, too, and thought that "abscesses of night" certainly sounded like something Lovecraft would write.
Are they batrachian abscesses?
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Are they batrachian abscesses?
Rugose, at the very least. Possibly even squamous, in their hideous, yammering idiocy- no, no, we'll stop here.
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Old 24 January 2018, 01:54 AM
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There are times I freakin' love this board.
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