The Elegiac Repose

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2017
Released 2017
Nine songs of grief, mourning, and loss. Valentine Wolfe's newest effort fuses soaring female vocals and brutally distorted double bass, combining metal, classical, and dark ambient music.
  • 04:14 Lyrics
    Sin Eater

    Sin Eater 

    I am your sin eater 
    Peccata mundi est 
    Such little sins, Such lovely lies 
    And every horror’s mine 

    I am your sin eater 
    I feast upon your lies 
    You cannot hide what lies inside 
    I taste your every crime 

    Memento mori 

    I am your sin eater 
    You’ve never hurt so good 
    To shed the mess, leave pain behind 
    Inching towards the sublime 

    I am your sin eater 
    For each dark thought you have 
    For every rage you hurl at me 
    It hurts me every time 

    Memento mori 

    I shall eat your filth 
    I shall make you whole 
    I can give you peace 
    Through the pawning of mine own 

    Memento mori

  • 05:05 Lyrics
    Taphophilia

    Taphophilia 

    Beyond the veil
    Mystic shadows
    What’s waiting for me
    Poets speculate
    Religions claim to know
    Is there a formula
    Some arcane secret
    Pertaining to this fear
    Unknown places
    How they scare us
    The secret places
    Covers up the cracks 
    Inside
    Who will forget me
    When I’m gone

    Don’t grieve for me 
    Don’t weep for me 
    Find some Beauty in this Death 

    Inside this gloom
    Tainted shadows
    Are waiting for me
    Saints pontificate
    Religion cannot know
    Forgotten formulas
    Ritual sacrifice
    Binding up our fear
    Encasing madness
    And it will scare us
    It will bleed us
    Will you cover up
    Will you protect me
    Who will forget me
    When I’m gone

    Covered by the dark 
    Need a candle 
    To light the way for me 
    Will I need to pray 
    To understand this pain 
    Or have these stories 
    Been subversion 
    A beautiful lie 
    How to get out 
    Will I need to pray 
    Will you take away 
    A single story 
    From this tragedy 
    Who will forget me 
    When I’m gone 

    Don’t grieve for me 
    Don’t weep for me 
    Find some Beauty in this Death 

    Don’t pray for me 
    Don’t pray for me 
    Find some Beauty in this Death

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Sorrow for Eternity

    Sorrow for Eternity 

    The sun is setting in the sky 
    The curtain closing on the stage 
    The door is swinging shut at last 
    Sorrow for eternity 

    The void is growing larger 
    This void inside of me 
    No palliative will fill it 
    No love can dull the pain 

    Like a black hole it’s eating 
    All the best parts of me 
    Stumbling towards eternity 
    An empty sea envelopes me 

    Rage and sorrow swirl around 
    Fighting for control 
    My mind and heart grow numb 
    As I know no help will come 

    Beyond this realm I see and hear 
    Where fairy tales abound 
    Entreaties vomit from my lips 
    Each one goes unanswered 

    The sun is setting in the sky 
    The curtain closing on the stage 
    The door is swinging shut at last 
    Sorrow for eternity

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    Porcelain Creature

    Porcelain Creature 

    Treacherous little cracks 
    Villainous twisting cracks 
    Tracing the lie inside 

    Before the healing can begin 
    Something has to break 
    When you think that you are whole 
    But then you find a crack 

    As one crack leads to another 
    You trace that lying path 
    Until the whole facade collapses 
    Then where will we be? 

    But I could have sworn that I was whole 
    Better off than most 
    At least that is what I thought 
    Not I’m not so sure 

    Porcelain creature 
    So beautiful 
    Will you shatter? 
    Will you hold? 

    Before your story can be told 
    I will need some little gift 
    Something you won’t even miss 
    What it is, I think you’ll guess

  • 05:09 Lyrics
    Melancholy Is the Devil's Bath

    Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath 
    Best taken in the full light of the moon 
    Once submerged you’ll never be the same 
    Each new day a living misery 

    Melancholy is the Devil’s Bath 
    Try to walk in the left hand path 
    Only then will you be set free 
    From this life of wanton misery 

    I don’t know where these thoughts come from 
    A tiny crack has let so many through 
    I can never push them all back 
    Now I have to live with my mistake 

    You were gone but I can’t blame you 
    All this pain lies at my own door 
    Even if I heard the knocking 
    I was far too lost in the fog 

    Nothing really could have prepared me 
    Some pains cannot lead to relief 
    Some things once they are broken 
    Never can be made whole

  • 12:41 Lyrics
    Death and the Maiden

    Death and the Maiden 

    This story begins with your funeral 
    Wreaths and mourning ribbons 
    Bedeck the coal black horses 
    The cortege rides in silence 

    Until the gray fog descended 
    Not a sound was heard 
    Nor did a whisper shatter 
    The stillness of your shroud 

    And then the strains were felt loud 
    A mournful plaintive chant 
    Choirs like ravens fighting 
    Scratching upon mine ear 

    A maiden wept at your funeral 
    A maiden beheld by Death 
    Her tears of grief sweet perfection 
    Death marked her for his own 

    Years burned away as pages thrown to flame 
    Each bitter season bringing fresh defeat 
    The maiden diminished every hour 
    Death marked her for his own 

    Alone and scribbling at his desk 
    Asylum walls have locked him in 
    In his dreamworld he is free 
    He bends his mind back to the page 

    The sacred page 

    Wilt thou go with me, sweet maid, 
    Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me 
    Through the valley-depths of shade, 
    Of night and dark obscurity; 
    Where the path has lost its way, 
    Where the sun forgets the day, 
    Where there's nor life nor light to see, 
    Sweet maiden, wilt thou go with me! 

    Maiden wilt thou go…? 

    Where stones will turn to flooding streams, 
    Where plains will rise like ocean waves, 
    Where life will fade like visioned dreams 
    And mountains darken into caves, 
    Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me 
    Through this sad non-identity, 
    Where parents live and are forgot, 
    And sisters live and know us not! 

    Maiden wilt thou go…? 

    Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me 
    In this strange death of life to be, 
    To live in death and be the same, 
    Without this life or home or name, 
    At once to be and not to be - 
    That was and is not -yet to see 
    Things pass like shadows, and the sky 
    Above, below, around us lie? 

    Entreaties have stopped up his tongue 
    A tremor at the sight of her 
    One last glimpse, his final wish 
    Alone at last now he can die 

    White becomes her 
    Pale laces flutter 
    Vestments chosen to endure 
    Craven kisses 
    Torn from her red lips 
    Hotter than a thousand stars 

    Death will come for you, maiden 
    Faster than a raven’s wing 
    Sadder than a lover’s lie 
    And when it comes, it will last forever 

    Gather your rosebuds 
    Hide from the light 
    There is not safety within these shadows 
    Ave Maria 

    So she prayed the maiden’s prayer 
    But no answer did she receive 
    No surcease for her sufferings 
    As the nights grew colder 

    The stars shone ever dimmer 
    Her prayers grew choked on her lips 
    They turned to roses in her mouth 
    She learned to savor the taste 

    So bitter yet beautiful 
    Black night opening to her 
    She reveled in the mystery 
    She could taste the velvet promise 

    The maiden grew more lovely 
    Eyes wide open to the dark 
    Now trusting in the knowledge 
    The shadows draped around her 

    Say, maiden; wilt thou go with me 
    In this strange death of life to be, 
    To live in death and be the same, 
    Without this life or home or name, 
    At once to be and not to be - 
    That was and is not -yet to see 
    Things pass like shadows, and the sky 
    Above, below, around us lie? 

    Maiden wilt thou go….? 

    The maiden and Death intertwined at last 
    Forever to lie as one 
    Breathing in the other life 
    Within your silken coffin 

    Years burn away as pages turn to flame 
    Stories changing before they can be told 
    Will you who have ears listen to my tale? 
    Will you unlock these mysteries? 

    This story ends with your funeral 
    Wreaths and mourning ribbons 
    Bedeck the coal black horses 
    The cortege departs in silence

  • 04:08
    Softly Shall You Sleep
  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Prosperos Farewell

    Now my charms are all o'erthrown, 
    And what strength I have’s mine own, 
    Which is most faint. Now, ’tis true, 
    I must be here confined by you, 
    Or sent to Naples. Let me not, 
    Since I have my dukedom got 
    And pardoned the deceiver, dwell 
    In this bare island by your spell, 
    But release me from my bands 
    With the help of your good hands. 
    Gentle breath of yours my sails 
    Must fill, or else my project fails, 
    Which was to please. Now I want 
    Spirits to enforce, art to enchant, 
    And my ending is despair, 
    Unless I be relieved by prayer, 
    Which pierces so that it assaults 
    Mercy itself and frees all faults. 
    As you from crimes would pardoned be, 
    Let your indulgence set me free.

  • 04:43 Lyrics
    Last Kiss

    Last Kiss 

    Last kiss 
    Soft touch 
    Gentle storm 
    Heralding 

    Shadowy 
    Billowing 
    Mind is caving in 
    Changes without end 

    Shadows cannot enter 
    The places I have built for you 
    Hide with me 
    Escape this world 
    We won’t have to say goodbye 
    Never ever say goodbye 
    Hide with me 
    Escape this world 
    We will never ever have to say goodbye again 

    What if time is slipping by? 
    Rushing past me at full force 
    Like the grains of sands that slip 
    Through the fingers of the poet 

    What if I was not the one? 
    The one to beat your demons back 
    I failed you 
    I let you down 
    Still you let me stay by you 
    Still you held me in the dark 
    You helped me 
    To find my way 
    Who will ever help me find my way out of here now?

Our Email List...won't you join us?

Upcoming Manifestations

  • Sep 29
    Monsterama,  Alpharetta
     
  • Oct 5
    Hughes Main Library,  Greenville
     
  • Oct 19
    Greenville Hughes Main Library,  Greenville
     

Other web presences

YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/user/TheValentineWolfe Twitter -- https://twitter.com/Valentine_Wolfe Instagram -- http://instagram.com/officialvalentinewolfe/ Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/valentine.wolfe CD Baby -- https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ValentineWolfe

Join us on Spotify