Abandoned: Teaching Collection

by Sassafrass

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $5 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

about

This duet for Baldur and Hel is set in the underworld after Baldur's death, as both reflect how they have been cast into the darkness because of their fathers' feud.

This "Teaching Collection" contains the song, as well as all the materials you need to learn it, and to explore the subtleties that aren't always audible while both voices are singing. Separate audio tracks present each voice alone, and each voice highlighted with the other soft. It includes the performance by Emily Lewis and Kara Hurvitz that appears on the "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" album, and a second performance by Ada Palmer and Lauren Schiller to demonstrate different performance styles.

"Abandoned" is designed so it can be performed alone or, with a slightly different ending, it can segue directly into the quartet "If I Could Ask You." While the main CD soundtrack contains the stand-alone ending, this collection also contains a version with the alternate ending, so you can partner it with "If I Could Ask You" to hear them together with the segue, as they are performed in the stage play.

Also included are downloadable a MIDI file of the song, an EPUB of the sheet music for use on e-readers, and PDF files of the sheet music, lyrics sheet, and three pages of notes by the composer discussing the song, structure, lyrics and references (these notes also appear in the libretto).

All Sassafrass ebooks are DRM-free.

credits

released January 4, 2015

Performers: Emily Lewis as Baldur and Kara Hurvitz as Hel; Lauren Schiller as Baldur and Ada Palmer as Hel. Photograph of Emily and Kara performing as Baldur and Hel from Balticon (2013) taken by Brian Chin.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Sassafrass Chicago, Illinois

Sassafrass performs Ada Palmer's original a cappella polyphonic folk music, complex pieces with lively narratives and fantasy, mythology or science fiction themes.

contact / help

Contact Sassafrass

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Abandoned: Baldur alone
VERSE 1:
After strife I bring smiles of
The family that strives beside.
After war I bring children to
Grow strong.
After frost I bring colors of
The summertime to come again.
After dark I bring patience for the dawn.

While I grew I saw summers growing
Stronger with the mounting years. When I played I felt nature playing too.
While I lived I thought nothing was too
Frozen for my warmth to heal.
When I died, then,
Lady, I met you.

Grieving World
Souls too many to tell.
Even memories of Summer sun turn Harsh and black as
Hel I see
Now what grown men
Fear and every
Child but me has always known I’d never
Seen true dark before.
And now your father has me Join you in the land of the

CHORUS:
Abandoned men, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the abandoned.

VERSE 2:
Blackest World,
Cold and distant and strange.
Even thinking freezes
Year by year, but
Still can’t fade away.
Yes, I knew while Valhalla held
The chosen in my father’s care
There were limits to whom Valkyries could
Choose
There were many hopeful voices that fell
Silent with a final prayer
But I never saw the consequences
Like you do
Like I do now.

Only one end
Patient ’til when
Ragnarok comes

Father always planning for
Tomorrow not today

Father I trust, you did the best
The Norns allow.
He granted you dominion over
Those who fall away
Never thinking I would
Follow them down

To you who
Who I knew as
Nothing but a stranger’s distant name
A curse, an enemy, a memory
The souls up there had
Nothing but hate for you, so
Glad to escape you and
Ready to face you
Down when the darkness
Comes, but those down here
Who were so near
And tried so hard
And fell so far

Down into the dark, where even I fall blind without my
Light, but learn to
See inside your
Shadow and your sorrow and your night
Father would say
There was no other way
But now I understand how
Children, mothers, elders, brothers
Peaceful folk could hate us so that
They would rise at Ragnarok and
Join our foe! ’cause we

CHORUS:
Abandoned them, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the Abandoned

VERSE 3:
And I knew
There were races that were
Older than the worlds we made.
There were Reasons that my uncle sat alone.
There were monsters in the darkness that
My brothers had helped seal away
But we never called you “cousin” only

Enemy
How could I see beyond the labels and the war?
Which must come, so certain since our fathers made it so.
Fathers made us go

Here, near Dangers that breed so
Close in his promises and
Prophecies and lies!

Heat, his leaking rage, its lava creep,
That always churns and never sleeps
My father waits to see him weep
But he waits only for the war.

I could hear when my
Father’s envoy begged you, and you
Dictated the
Terms of my release. You asked
Everything alive and dead to
Weep as one for me. You were
Testing them weren’t you?
Asking consent from the
Dead in your Hel and the
Living who may yet fall down Into the dark where so
Many will come

For if I rejoin the living world, forgiving and forget
And the stones and seas and father too renounce their grim revenge And forgiveness heals Yggdrasil, and peace stays strong

Then to warm the fleeting living we Condemn the frozen dead to wait on And give up Ragnarok
For me!

There they wept, every ghost.
Every soul in your great lost host

Just so I can warm the living
They consent, the patient dead

Every
Child, every man, every
Root, every tree, every
Bird, every beast, every
Ghost, every god except one

Father, I still Trust you but don’t understand
Why you no longer Try to stop the war

Which must come, so
Certain since our fathers made it so,
Certain since our fathers won’t let go.

I think on our fathers, the choices they made
And I almost believe there was no other way,
But we wait and we watch and the anger it fades
still there is no hope of rescue until both our fathers change

FINAL CHORUS:
And they abandoned us, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel when we
Accepted death, accepted war,
No longer try to change its course,
Abandoned life, abandoned hope,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the Abandoned
Track Name: Abandoned: Hel alone
VERSE 1:
Fields fade and warm days age and. Summer suns grow weak.
Shades sleep and shadows creeping come. Dim dreams as fear comes near and Doom knows what it seeks.
Dark and dank to thank when death has won.

On Valhalla’s steps the laws of death are Easy to forget, when the
Power rests with those who cheat so well. The gods above and those they love share Asgard’s golden rest, while the
Greater part of life is cast to...

To me who can see with
Mother’s eyes beyond the dark below A witch’s vision of the
World above that I have never
Tasted, I am wasted by your
Father’s fear of what I could have been And what he made me
Be in the land of the

CHORUS:
Abandoned men, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the abandoned.

VERSE 2:
When ice-born Jotuns meet our end we
Fade to senseless dust unless
Darker spells compel the will to stay
But Odin fashioned humans with
Eternal souls in trust, that don’t
Even have the choice to fade away.

When ice-born Jotuns meet our end we
Fade to senseless dust, unless
Spells keep spirits bound as witches
Choose
But Odin fashioned humans with
Eternal souls in trust, that must
Wait and hate and rot their long night
Through...
True
Like I do now
Waiting for the cock that never crows.

Only one end Patient ’til when
Ragnarok comes
And ends it. Your
Father always planning for
Tomorrow not today
And pretending it’s the best the Norns allow.

He granted me dominion over
Souls he casts away
Never thinking such a gift would matter

Who I knew as
Nothing but a stranger’s distant name
That others cling to
Nothing but
Promises and
Prophecies. The
Souls down here are
Eager to stay with you and Desperate to pray to you and Quick to embrace you
Now that the sun has
Come to the dark, without your
Warmth without your hope without your Light, who were so far
And tried so hard
But fell to me. They con-
-tinue to pray to you,
Beg to be saved by you, but
What can you offer them now?
Men love you, beasts love you,
Stones love you, seas love you,
They loved you once, but you
Stay our foe

CHORUS:
Abandoned them, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the Abandoned

VERSE 3:
You knew
There were races that were
Older than the worlds you made.
There were Reasons that my father sat alone.
There were monsters in the darkness that your brothers sealed away But we never called you “cousin” only
Crone

Enemy
How could I see beyond the labels and the war?
Which must come, so certain since our fathers made it so.
Fathers made us go

Down here, where I can hear with Mother’s ears a father’s curses, Shrieking in his shackles, not
Too close, but not too far to feel his

Heat, his leaking rage, its lava creep,
That always churns and never sleeps
Your father waits to see him weep
But he waits only for the war.

Heat, his leaking rage, its lava creep,
That always churns and never sleeps
Your father waits to see him weep
But he waits only for the war
Soon it’s coming, say it’s coming
Soon our battle and our end.

Soon it’s coming, say it’s coming
Soon our battle, our revenge.
Soon it’s coming, soon we’re
Here waiting for the cock that never crows.
Soon it’s coming, keep it coming
Soon our battle

For if you rejoin the living world, forgiving and forget
And the stones and seas and Odin too renounce their grim revenge
And forgiveness heals Yggdrasil, and peace stays strong

Then we wait and wait
And wait and wait
Then to please the fleeting living you Condemn the frozen to wait on.

And they would have waited too.
Anything for you.

Just so you can warm the living
They consent, the patient dead
To wait on
They love you, they love you
They love you, they love you
Bird, every beast, every
Ghost, every god except one

Heat, his leaking rage, its lava creep,
That always churns and never sleeps
Your father waits to see him weep
But he waits only for the war

Which must come, so
Certain since our fathers made it so,
Certain since our fathers won’t let go.

I think on our fathers, the choices they made
And I almost believe there was no other way,
But we wait and we watch and the anger it fades
still there is no hope of rescue until both our fathers change

FINAL CHORUS:
And they abandoned us, abandoned place,
Abandoned world, abandoned race,
Abandoned you, abandoned me,
Abandoned all to the Hel when we
Accepted death, accepted war,
No longer try to change its course,
Abandoned life, abandoned hope,
Abandoned all to the Hel of the Abandoned