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"Ô Jeanne, sans sepulcre et sans portrait, Toi qui savais que le tombeau des Héros est le Coeur des Vivants"
André Malraux

Oh Jeanne, jamais jeune
Why do thoughtless children skip past your ashes
On vile ground where you were singed from life
By beasts of monumental nothingness?
These same apes who would again alight you
Deflower your grace with horrid modernity
Why did I come here?
I see them laughing
I see them screaming
Pulling taut the angry ropes, they encircle you in the dark of night
Oh sure it is night, so they need only see their shame in the flicker of flames
Flames that lap at your feet
Their god needs no virgin flesh
And did you realize then
That he never spoke to them?
Not one word
I heard the many birds crying, as they cry for you now
Your history resounds in the sanctity of trees—
The sticks and brambles they gathered to finish you,
As the wind whipped through the vieux marché
“Burn the heretic,” they thunder.
Burn their fears
And no wonder
580 years later, you’re still burning
And they haven’t moved at all.


from Give Me Your Alchemy, released December 12, 2013
Lyrics, Vocals and Backing vocals: Ryan Wildstar
Additional Vocals: Stathis Caucheteux
All Music Written and Performed by: Jacen Touchstone
Composition & Arrangement: Jacen Touchstone and Ryan Wildstar
Recorded and Mixed by: Jacen Touchstone
Mastering: Critical Monkey and Jacen Touchstone



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Ryan Wildstar Seattle, Washington

Ryan Wildstar has again joined forces with composer Jacen Touchstone for their second, full length album. Their first release, City of Brittle Stars pairs Wildstar's poignant style of lyrical poetry with Touchstone's lush and intricate atmospheres, creating a haunting theatrical exploration into the uncharted territory of spoken-word music which few artist have traversed with such eloquence. ... more

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