Dido in Effigy

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Dido, what is this I see?
Queen Dido, for the life of me
I don’t know why you’re set today
On self-death by auto-da-fé
Sure he took you and he used you
It’s a hard thing but we all knew
That wine and bread and candlelight
Your breast to rest his head at night
Were too much to refuse
But then he had to choose

Dido, let that tinder fall
You don’t need kindling after all
Why not stop and look around?
Hop down off that pyre, Dido
Find firm ground

Stand up, Dido, straight and tall
You built your country on a skull
I get it—how you love to give
But give too much, your will to live
Will wither and diminish
You adored him but it’s finished
All the bliss and burn and ecstasy
Is no more than a memory
Oh, Dido, don’t despair
I think we’ve all been there

Dido, put that match away
Who wants a cookout anyway?
Why not torch a wicker queen instead?
Take another, better lover
To your bed

He loved you just a little
But a little’s not enough
To set a brand to branches
And turn martyr for your love

So get up, Dido, laugh and scoff
This smoke’s enough to make me cough
Take my hand and take a stand
And let’s be off

Dido, it’s all right you know
To face the dawn
He loved you just a little
Now move on


from Alecto! Alecto!, released July 11, 2015
Lyrics: C. S. E. Cooney
Music: C. S. E. Cooney and Glenn Kendzia
Vocals: C. S. E. Cooney
Guitar: Glenn Kendzia
Bass: Jack Hanlon
Drums: Matt McLaren



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Brimstone Rhine Westerly, Rhode Island

Brimstone Rhine is an imaginary rockstar. She is also the alter-ego of fantasy writer and audiobook narrator C. S. E. Cooney.

Glenn Kendzia, Jack Hanlon, and Matt McLaren are all real-life rockstars. Check out "Wild Sun" on BandCamp if you want to hear more of Glenn's own work!
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