"The Conqueror Worm"
album _The Raven_
(Lou Reed, 2003)

written by Lou Reed

Young Poe:

        Lo! it's a gala night
        A mystic throng bedecked
        Sit in a theater to see
        A play of hopes and fears
        While the orchestra breathes fitfully
        The music of the spheres

        Mimes, mutter and mumble low
        Mere puppets they, who come and go
        Disguised as gods
        They shift the scenery to and fro
        Inevitably trapped by invisible Wo

        This motley drama
        to be sure
        Will not be forgotten
        A phantom chased for evermore
        Never seized by the crowd
        Through they circle
        Returning to the same spot
        Circle and return to the selfsame spot
        Always to the selfsame spot
        With much of madness and more of sin
        And horror and mimic rout
        The soul of the plot

        out are the lights
        out all
        And over each dying form
        The curtain, a funeral pall
        Comes with the rush of a storm
        The angels, haggard and wan
        Unveiling and uprising affirm
        That the play is the tragedy, "Man"
        And its hero the Conqueror Worm

        {D...   (drone)

* 1st and 6th string downtuned to D

*1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2B -----
 3G -----
 4D -----
 5A -----
*6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)

transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)