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I wrote the music in Woodland Hills when I was 17. It was simply called “Books” and had one lonely verse. In this, the second of four versions, I mastered the art of self-mockery. You can detect some of that now as I write about it. But really, some of it is quite funny even if not ultimately singable.



When I was little boy books brought me great delight,
till stricken with the strange conviction I was born to write.
Destined to be a classic! Most likely to succeed!
A sword of light through dark ages, my destiny fulfilled
But, sister when I cut myself
both blood and ink were spilled.

A musketeer of litra-cheer must always keep his cool,
though office blocks and traffic jams do challenge him to duel.
What kingdoms he’s conquered wielding his pen:
Touchet! (the Mystery of Man). En gaurde! (His False Belief).
Nurse, I’m badly wounded.
Please, administer relief!

By riverside or roadside I would calmly gaze
and read just what I wanted to. Thus would I spend my days.
The waters were so soothing. The cars so far away.
The skies so wide and splendid at the ending of each day.

Come writer’s cramp or drowsiness, an author keeps his vow.
He respects his deadline and his deeply furrowed brow.
He doesn’t stop to wonder if he’s wasting his time.
The pen more mighty than the sword! (I took those words to heart)
Babe, I sacrificed my life
in the name of art.

words and music: David Nigel Lloyd


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Pat Meehan: roto toms, vibulele.

DNL: guitars, vocals.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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