The Death of the King

by Josh Belville

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I wrote a few songs about a revolution, and came up with a loose storyline. This is the result. It's vaguely about a group of peasants led by a special man who overthrow the "conquistador" and cover the "king" in lye and leave him to die. I am releasing it in its current form because I don't plan to work on it any more.

This photo is of Marina Ginesta, a fighter in the Spanish Civil War.

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released January 1, 2014

Josh Belville - vocals, guitar, drum stuff
Pifie - classical guitar on "The Uprising"
Rose - background vocals on "The Uprising," vocals on "Elsie's Lament"

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Track Name: The Rebel Song (O Conquistador)
in the street tonight
we have a million
people working
loving you in the light
but now you're turning
shades of gray

i was privy to your faults
i knew all of your weaknesses
tried to take you down
but you were slippery

o conquistador
were you studying the stars?
before the morning breaks
you will rot behind bars

pitchforks and torches
we agrarians unite!
storm the castle gates
to take you by surprise

we have you bound by dawn
heads stuck on the pitchfork barbs
a new regime
will watch the sunrise!

chorus
Track Name: Nothing Less (The King's Conquest)
nothing less than perfection for me
i know where i'm going
and what i'm going to be

nothing less than all i see
is the kingdom i want
is the kingdom i need

and you will fall by my sword
you, you babbling horde
and i will rest surrounded
by your bones

i was born with the gods in my blood
descended from noah, held aloft from the flood

standing here, armor a-shine
i'll slice off your heads
and preserve them in brine

and you will fall by my sword
you, you babbling horde
and i will rest surrounded
by your bones

find the wood, burn the pyre
haul the dead on the fire
search the trees for runaways
here begins my reign

nothing less than perfection for me
i've built up an empire
on my way to the sea

nothing less than the world i decree
you'll kneel at my boots
you'll wash my bare feet

and you will fall by my sword
you, you babbling horde
and i will rest surrounded
by your bones
Track Name: Revolucione!
working off of your lands
we earn what we grow
i've toiled so long with these hands
i reap what i sow

my lungs are stumbling while breathing
we're dying so you can keep on living

you've put a knife up to our throat
you've tortured til the morning
in the river, bodies float
you've sent us all a warning

my lungs are stumbling while breathing
we're dying so you can keep on living

but revolution's coming soon
we build our forces by the moon
and we will seal your doom
revolution's coming soon

your home will be a prison now
the fear instilled in your heart
no more planting, no more plows
your ending is where we start

we rise to end our long oppression
your children will die before succession

chorus

revolution!
Track Name: The Uprising
[rebel leader:]
i was called by st sebastian
to keep the village free from harm
in flowing robes glowing halo
he took me gently by the arm

he spoke in whispers loud as earthquakes
and told me tales of men of war
of one in leather, dark and brooding
a man they called conquistador

and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free

i saw three ships on the horizon
sailing faster than the wind
i told my men to keep their guard and
be prepared for us to win

st sebastian, i will honor
all the secrets kept herein
for when their ships hit the seashore
we will tear them limb from limb!

and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free

and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free

[conquistador:]
mark this day the scourge was blown away
take no survivors we planned it this way

i am the end of what you think you are
and if you want to run you won't get very far

stand the archers! mount the horses!
sharpen your swords for the gathering horde
beat the breastplates! yell your battle cry!
cower in fear for soon you shall die!

and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free

[the lover is in parenthesis]
and i covered my eyes (and oh, my love)
and i could see victory (i wish you well)
your blood stains my armor (please one day)
as i set you free (return to me)

[rebel leader & conquistador:]
and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free

and i covered my eyes
and i could see victory
your blood stains my armor
as i set you free
Track Name: Elise's Lament
sweetie, let me bound you in a single tear
to keep with me right here
to keep away the fear

believe me when i say i love you so
i cannot let you go
this house is not a home

without you, without you
all the signs in the sky
all the men who have to die
make me blue, make me blue
without you

darling, all the men prepare for war
on a word you heard before
anyone came to our shore

please won't you hear me when i say
the past will go away
but i won't be okay

without you, without you
all the signs in the sky
all the men who have to die
make me blue, make me blue
without you
Track Name: The Death of the King
down by the water
under a crimson sky
self-deprecating
alone and covered in lye

i thrash, silhouetted
moaning a curse so vile
flesh separating
my ghost will be here a while

o how the world
looks so pretty here
fortress ablaze
cowered in fear

they sing to the moonlight
make love till the dawn
rebels be praised
and i, unwitting pawn

ohhhhh

my armor is melting
my eyes see no light
stumbling forward
i cannot give up the fight

a tyrant they called me
who ruled with an iron fist
but i gave my word
still they insist

oohhhhh

and here i die
alone in the meadow
these curses i cry
will fall to your feet
and grow

so beware
beware!

short inst

revolution!

we raise our spades
to his end of days
the lake shall be his grave

rebuilt in peace
we gather the pieces
and send him off to the waves

repeat ad nauseum