Here's to Valhalla (Layered Improvisation)

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lyrics

CHORUS:
Here’s to Valhalla! Home of the best,
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla!
So here, come! Taste of the revels so
Near, found just on the far side of fear!
Rise! And lend us your spear
When the golden cock rallies Valhalla!

VERSE 1:
And here’s to the Valkyrie maidens
Who gather the hosts of the slain
And drink with us nightly, then join us at dawn
As we cross swords on Idavol plain

And here’s to our grubby-faced cook (named Andhrimnir)
His steaks, and his roasts, and his grease-dripping pies!
Who cooks up Saehrimnir the magical boar
Who comes back to life daily to feed us once more
When we’ve filled up our mornings with fighting and falling
And feast again after we rise!

CHORUS

VERSE 2:
And here is to bountiful Heidrun
The goat with the udders of mead
That free-flowing fountain that gives us as much
As our four hundred thousand men need.

And we all know that Jotuns are stupid
But they do show a glimmer of hope
For they scheme to steal Mjollnir, the sun & the moon,
Fair Freya, and Idunn’s gold apples of youth
But they know we won’t rest ’til all Jotunheim shatters
If they harm a hair on that goat!

CHORUS

VERSE 3:
And here’s to the Goldencomb cock
That wakes us anew every dawn
Expels the temptations of revels and sleep
And makes sure that our passions surge strong

And here’s to his Sooty-red brother
Who waits on the rafters of Hel
And watches in silence each dawn and each dusk
As the cowards and oathbreakers fall as they must
To the hall where the hungry years blur into black
With no light and no cock crow to tell.

BRIDGE:
But a dawn will come when Sooty-red answers,
And all bonds break, and the monsters arise,
And Heimdall watchman will hear the hounds howl
And his Gjallarhorn will cry!
And since neither side will live to remember
The greatest feats that will ever be done,
The memories leak in prophecies backwards
So every age can know [what must come] /
[Why we wait, and watch, and feast, and fight, and cheer!]

FINAL CHORUS:
So, here’s to Valhalla! Home of the best,
Who love battle and feasting-sport better than rest
And who waken each morning prepared for the test
When the golden cock crows from Valhalla!
So here, come! Taste of the revels so
Near, found just on the far side of fear!
Rise! And lend us your spear
When the golden cock crows and the
Sooty-red answers, and
Monsters arise, and the
Allfather rallies
Valhalla! Valhalla! Valhalla!

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from Stories & Stone (Sundown Companion Album), released July 15, 2015

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

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