FARTHER THAN THE SUN
Words & Music: Caroline Lavelle
Strung in the wind I called you, but you did not hear; you’re a plant that needs poor soil and I have treated you too well to give up flowers Oh I have been too rich for you. Farther than the sun from me, farther than I’d have you be, And I go north, I get so cold My heart is lava under stone; You are not worthy, you are not worthy. With your calculating eyes spinning figures You cannot see me, And if I tell myself enough I’ll believe it you are not worthy. The sea it freezes over to trap the light, And I’m in love with being in love and you were never quite the one; in Gerda’s eyes, fragments of what you’ve become. And all the moths that fly at night believe electric light is bright you are not worthy, you are not worthy With your calculating eyes spinning figures you cannot see me and if I tell myself enough I’ll believe it
With this song I wanted to use images from the natural world. I wrote this song originally on the piano, adding the cello parts at an early stage. In the verses I use a string orchestra recorded in London, but the cellos (recorded in an ancient church near my home) creep through and take over for the chorus when the string orchestra stops playing. I love the sound that high layered up cellos give and I use it quite a lot. At the end I wanted the cello to be left in solitude when the string orchestra drops away. The piano is a child’s piano played by Charlie May in his studio in Switzerland.