"The Valley Of Unrest"
album _The Raven_
(Lou Reed, 2003)

written by Lou Reed


        Far away far away
        Are not all lovely things far away?
        As far at least lies that valley
        as the bedridden sun in the luminous east
        The paralyzed mountains, the sickly river
        Are not all things lovely far away?
        Are not all things lovely far away?

        It is a valley where time is not interrupted
        Where its history shall not be interpreted
        Stories of Satan's dart
        Of angel wings
        Unhappy things
        Within the valley of unrest

        The sun ray dripped all red
        The dell was silent
        All the people having gone to war
        Leaving no interrogator to mind
        the willful looting the pale past knowledge
        The sly mysterious stars
        The unguarded flowers leaning
        The tulips overhead paler
        The terror-stricken sky
        Rolling like a waterfall
        over the horizon's fiery wall
        A visage full of meaning

        How the unhappy shall confess
        As Roderick watches like a human eye
        While the violets and lilies wave
        Like banners in the sky
        Hovering over and above a grave
        As dew drops on the freshly planted eternal dew
        Coming down in gems
        There's no use to pretend
        Though gorgeous clouds fly
        Roderick, like the human eye has closed forever
        Far away far away

        Roderick, whatever thy image may be
        Roderick, no magic shall sever the music from thee
        Thou hast bound many eyes in a dreamy sleep
        Oh tortured day
        The strains still arrive
        I hear the bells
        I have kept my vigilance
        Rain dancing in the rhythm of a shower
        Over what guilty spirit to not hear the beating
        To not hear the beating heart
        But only tears of perfect moan
        Only tears of perfect moan

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