Necrologies

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Published © 2019 by Scarlet Stories, All Rights Reserved

Music by Scarlet Stories
Lyrics by L.M. van den Berg

Scarlet Stories is:

Bram te Kamp – guitar & acoustic guitar
Lisette van den Berg - vocals
Carmen Raats – guitar
Tim Kuper - drums
Maarten Grimm – bass
Sophie Ansems - violin

www.scarletstories.com
Contact: scarletstories.music@gmail.com

“Necrologies” is a tribute to all animals and humans who suffered or died by the greed of others. It acknowledges their battle, struggle or innocence. The songs tell stories about their suffering or how they died. Our stories show the dark side of humanity and are soundtracks to emotions, injustice, murder, but also beauty and innocence.

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released September 19, 2019

“Them as can do has to do for them as can't.
And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
- Granny Aching in 'Wee Free Man' door Terry Pratchett -

Music by Scarlet Stories
Lyrics by L.M. van den Berg

Recorded and engineered by Joost van den Broek and Jos Driessen at Sandlane Recording Facilities
Produced by Joost van den Broek & Scarlet Stories
Mixed by Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam mastering (www.amsterdammastering.com)

Samples downloaded from www.freesound.org, licensed under the attribution license (A) or Creative Commons 0 (CC0) license:

Sample ‘Thailand jungle cicade’ in ‘Prologue: Scarlet Stories’ by Greencouch (A)
Sample ‘Dark ambient underwater’ in ‘Vingt mille lieues sous les mers’ by Bulbastre (A)
Sample ‘Scream spear submarine’ in ‘Vingt mille lieues sous les mers’ by Thanvannispen (A)
Sample ‘Wind blowing on top of Kitt Peak mountain (USA)’ in ‘In Blood and Limbs and Gore and Clay’ by Felix.blume (CC0)
Sample ‘Forest in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina)’ in ‘The Gallows Tree: Part II & Part III’ by Felix.blume (CC0)

Samples of whale sounds in ‘Vingt mille lieues sous les mers’ from freesoundeffects.com
Drone in ‘The Gallows Tree: part I’ by Than van Nispen tot Pannerden

Artwork by Jelle Steenhuisen
Album booklet design by Djerri Nuijen

Scarlet Stories would like to thank: all people who supported us in our crowdfunding campaign, our families & partners, Than van Nispen tot Pannerden, Joost van den Broek, Jos Driessen, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Ria & Gerard van den Berg, Djerri Nuijen, Lori Linstruth, Taz de Hoogh, Marcela Bovio, Irene Jansen, Eric Hazebroek, Marjan Welman, Ivo van Dijk, Little Devil Bar Tilburg & crew, Jip van Kaam, Jelle Steenhuisen, Nick Bökkerink, Eva Brunklaus, Dynamo Eindhoven, Richel van Halteren, Darius van Helfteren, Arnout Leene, Roxanne de Buijzer, + Bidi +, Ron van Hal, Jack van Dongen, Hans Verschoof, Sebastiaan Donders, Paul Guldemond and Rob Scholtens.

Our album was made possible by:

Ascent, Maarten van Andel, Rijk van Andel, Bennie Alfrink, Wijnand Bakker, Giedith Balmer, Merel Bechtold, Jacqueline Beekman, Ron van Beijnen, Arne van der Ben, Rogier Berben, Ria & Gerard van den Berg, Berry, Bart van den Beuken, Tijs Bliek, Benjamin Bloemendaal, Cees & Mieke Bloemendaal, CJ & Hanneke Bloemendaal, Herold Boertjens, Marcela Bovio, Kunstloc Brabant, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Jos Brands, Piet Brouwer, Victor de Bruin, M. G. de Bruin, Linda & Mario Buijk, Roxanne de Buijzer, Fam. de Buijzer, Alan Capinpin, Carlos Celis, Bradley Crombie, Eline & Luca, Peter de Laaf, Jeffrey Deboo, Harko Dekker, Ton Dekkers, Ivo van Dijk, Radina Dimcheva, Dir & Cindy, Jelle Dop, Johnny van Doremalen, John Emmen, Ellen & Rick Fentross, Ab & Petra Figee, Simone Fileni, Thomas Gaertner, Paul Gebhard, Twan van Geel, Guido van Gelderen, Toon van Gerven, Hans Grimm, Laura Grimm, Liesbeth Grimm, Rob Grimm, Sarban Grimminck, Edwin Groenenberg, Lasse Groeneveld, Patrick & Annemarie Golverdingen, Hanneke Gudden, Peter Guzzardo, Harrie de Haas, Katinka van der Harst, Eric Hazebroek, Rien Heinsbroek, Michelle Henriquez, Leo & Mariëtte Hermkens, Bart Holthuijsen, Paul Hoogerwerf, Nadieke Hoting, Thijs Houdijk, Micky Huijsmans, Bernhard Illy, Irene Jansen, John Jacobs, Erik de Jong, Ruud de Jong, Judith de Lange, Hans & Els van Kaam, Fred & Els te Kamp, Dorina Kappatou, Sid van Kastel, Jan Willem Ketelaers, Jeffrey Klumper, Ronald Kok, Paul Kok, Youval Kuipers, E & D Kuper, Andrea Lena, Anrico van der Linden, Marja & Jos Meens, Jeroen Meijer, Johannes Menzel, Peter Mreijen, Majolijn Mutters, Okke Nijdam, Than van Nispen tot Pannerden, Simone Nociaro, Rob van Noort, Djerri Nuijen, Grada & Paul Nuyen, Jeroen Opgenoort, Partouf, Patrick Post, Klaas Prakken, Samantha Proverbio, Katja Remmerswaal, Nico Rijkens, Roel, Michel Ronner, Mark Rozendal, Astrid Rox, Ramona Sahetapy, Laurent Schleck, Volker Schmidts, Patric Schoenaker, Rob Scholtens, Menno Schouten, Edwin Schouwenaar, Hendrik Schroeder, Said Schutte, Sébastien Scoppettone, Ronald van Selm, Anthony Serafino III, Harald Simon, Kateřina/Katka Sloupová, Maartje Smedts, Sonja Snoek, Theo Spaans, Jan Speelman, Marc Suters, Ian Sutherland, Debby Terpstra-Gerritsen, Kelly Thans, Hugues Timmermans, Martin Tsvetkov, Shirley de Vaan, Martien de Veer, Henry Verbaandert, Marleen Verheul, Amber Vermue, Mijke Visser, Erik de Vos, Phil Vossen, Maarten de Waal, Wouter de Waal, Wendy-Jane, Jacqueline Wetterene, Claus Wilhelmi, Clemens Winklmaier, Bert de Wit, Niek Wolters, Dirk Wouters, Marjolein Zaagman, Robert Zant, Dian Zijlmans, all guests at crowdfunding kick-off party 20th October 2018, Little Devil Tilburg and many more (anonymous) supporters, friends, family and fans!

De realisatie van dit project is mede tot stand gekomen door een bijdrage uit de impulsgelden van Provincie Noord-Brabant & Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds en door advies van Kunstloc Brabant. - www.bkkc.nl/financiering

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Track Name: Prologue: Scarlet Stories
You hunted, gunned and broken
Forsaken, raped, betrayed, unspoken
Wronged, supressed, muted, ill-gotten
Cut and hanged, hurt and forgotten.

Through script and melody
Forever in our hearts and praised be
Commemorated in these necrologies
Here written are your scarlet stories
Track Name: The Tell-Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart

While the old man slumbers,
A shimmer in the dark is cast upon the bed
In a sickening desire, infatuated longing
To witness the vulture’s eye in the light’s shed

Oh, but never the eye is opened
Biding his time, night after night
Watching sweet ignorance, vanity rising
Feelings of triumph and might

Conceited chuckles disturb the silence
The innocent man awakes from repose
In mortal terror he shivers
An unseen shadow of death lingering close

“Who’s there?”, the old man cries

But no answer returns
Then, a dim ray of light pierces through the darkness
Shining right upon the damned eye,
for which the madman so yearns

Oh, the beating of his heart increases
Rising and rising, beats in the night
He who’s been waiting
Can’t take it no longer
Feelings of terror and fright

One shriek in the night,
And it’s all over...

Stone dead body,
Breathing nevermore
Cutting up the corpse in pieces
Placing them carefully under the floor

Men of justice, alarmed by the shriek
Are brought to the chamber of the deed
But do not find what they seek

Then the madman starts to hear
A sound like the old man’s heartbeat
Foaming and raging, he screams:
Villains, I admit the deed!
Track Name: Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers
Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers

A heart, pure and full of wonder
Turned cold and dark and wished to flee
To stay forever undiscovered
And remain hidden 20.000 leagues under the sea

The whispers of a monster roaming the sea
Lead many men to search for an answer offshore

But not all was what it seemed
For this cetacean was built of steel not bone
Commanded by a captain
Who'd left the world and had created his own

Despite the Captain’s riches
They couldn't lift his spirit, grave and dark
His manic hatred of oppression
Had left him with a heavy mark

Revealing treasures hidden to the orbs of night and day
Countless spectacles for the eyes to see
Uncovering secrets of the sunken world
But the Captain's heart remained a mystery

Grief deepens the sorrow of the Captain
When a loved one is taken once more
Igniting anger and desire
To revenge what’s been lost before

After his murderous act,
The angel of hatred is woebegone
No longer cares for the worldly things
And says farewell to the moon and sun

Grief deepens the sorrow
Track Name: The Gallows Tree: Part I Lullaby
The Gallows Tree: Part I Lullaby

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Fury unleashed
Bodies cleansed within

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Desolate field
Where birds no longer sing

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Mourned by none
Silenced heroines

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Scorched shrouds
All laid to waste and ruin

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
The price you paid
For someone else's sin
Track Name: The Gallows Tree: Part II The Price You Paid
The Gallows Tree: Part II The Price You Paid

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Fury unleashed
Bodies cleansed within

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Desolate field
Where birds no longer sing

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Mourned by none
Silenced heroines

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
Scorched shrouds
All laid to waste and ruin

Blackened bark
Charcoal skin
The price you paid
For someone else's sin
Track Name: In Blood and Limbs and Gore and Clay
In Blood and Limbs and Gore and Clay

She stands and watches
Over the gruesome plains of greed
While their pitiful bodies crawl forth
She mourns their vicious creed

On top of the world she rises
But few will heed her call
In their thirst for fame and glory
They’re blinded for the fall

In the dirt they fight their battle
Their clawing erodes the soil away
In the serpent's burrow,
Their bodies squirming
In blood and limbs and gore and clay

For eons now she stands and watches
Saving those who hear her call
But millions of souls stay deaf and blinded
She just can't save them all
Track Name: Dust
Dust

Dust, little clouds of dust
Swirl and twirl
To the North, to the South
East and West
Tiny specks of earth
Fill the sky
Climb up and up
Gently, swaying, to each a different side

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Whirling, back their way
From whence they came

In the sunlight they sparkle
Twinkle, twinkle, little stars of dust

Little flakes
In a sea of red
They sink, they float
From brown to scarlet
Running down the stream
As tiny ships they sail
To the North, to the South
East and West
Little flakes
In a sea of red
Following the floods
They spread and wash away
Track Name: Craving
Craving

A longing has come over me
Something I have never dared to feel before
It mingles and infects my every thought,
makes me beg for more

It’s been there all along
But I never felt this way before
Seeing you do the things you do
Makes me want to crave it even more

Craving
To touch you
Craving
To feel your skin
Craving

To rip it into pieces
Commit this delicious sin

It sure feels good inside
To have something to long for
I must somehow express this craving
for it makes my heart feel so sore

It’s been there all along
But I never felt this way before
Seeing you do the things you do
Makes me want to crave it even more

Craving
To feel you
Craving
To hold you tight
Craving

To smash you up to smithereens
Commit this delicious crime
Track Name: Nostalgia in a Closed Mind
Nostalgia in a Closed Mind

Empty eyes stare into nothing
Wrinkled hands cold and lifeless
Locked up inside, but cannot explain
The world he used to know

A ghost of long ago
Reflections envisioned in his mind
But no words to describe
The world he used to witness

Visions of a forgotten past
Appear so real to him
So unreal to him
And no one seems to remember
And no one seems to recall

The ticking clock only increasing
the distance from the life he used to live
and no one seems to remember
The ticking clock only increasing
the distance from the life he used to live
and no one seems to recall

Only nostalgia
Track Name: Living, Breathing, Yesterday
Living, Breathing, Yesterday

Like selling oxygen
Or clouds of dust
In their delusion
And their bloodlust

Forget what is important
Thinking they would find it here
Ritual malevolent
Laws of riches they adhere

Destroyed for promised gold
Vanishing all that can be sold

Dismembered body
Left to decay
Business bloody
Breathing; Living; Yesterday

Forget what is important
Thinking they would find it here
Ritual malevolent
Laws of riches they adhere

Destroyed for promised gold
Vanishing all that can be sold
Track Name: Epilogue: Necrologies
Epilogue: Necrologies

Is now the world in chaos?
No hope for those who seek
So many of us ploughing on, for nothing
It’s ashes what we reap

Is now the world in chaos?
No hope for those who seek

The ones who died and suffered
Or kept alive as cocoons of void
Preyed upon by others
How did their death bring you hope?

The ones who died and suffered
Or kept alive, cocoons of void

Necrologies, necrologies

You hunted, gunned and broken
Forsaken, raped, betrayed, unspoken
Wronged, suppressed, muted, ill-gotten
Cut and hanged, hurt and forgotten

We have the knowledge and the might
How can you not see?
We’ve watched their bloodied bones
Turn into misery

Praised be to those
whose lives you took before
May their stories never be forgotten
And be told forevermore

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