Composed by Ric Albano on September 9, 2019
From the album Out There Somewhere by Ric Albano
Released October 24, 2020
Listen to the Song:
Most of the songs on Out There Somewhere were based on real life events, but “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” uses a pure parable. The lyrics imagine the construction of the of the ancient world wonder and how insane this must’ve felt to all involved, who were in no way guaranteed success.
The simple musical arrangement is built around a delicate, finger-picked acoustic that was originally developed by Ric Albano in the early 1990s but never really found its place over the subsequent three decades.
Ric Albano – vocals, guitars, piano, organ
Tranquil sky box, where I really do enjoy our lucid talks
As we levitate above the fray
Daylight melts to dusk as we regulate the corps on their final thrust
To conclude the edict of the day
This world needs more marvel, more beauty to view
Ascending from the desert subterfuge
A ghosted tower leaves its shadow in the sand,
Of a previous failed attempt by man
The terrace rocks as the artisans install the building blocks
And the vision rises from the haze
This city needs its splendor so we’ve got work to do
To cultivate the gardens’ bloom
Desire of sweet Amytis for mountain air to breathe
Is this bound by remedy or is it discrete?
Is the legend just poetic or is it concrete?
Can we really raise the tree roots up high?
Can we really make the earth touch the sky?
An ancient sky box, lost to time’s perpetual clocks,
Can it be discovered another day?
Another day, some other day
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