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Interlude (1823) D795 (Op. 25)

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The Fair Maid of the Mill (D795 (Op. 25))


I have hung my lute from a nail by the door
And with a bright green ribbon its strings are tied
My heart is so full I can't sing anymore
I must keep my feelings hidden inside
All my passion all my heartache and pain
I tried to fashion into a joyful refrain
But when I sang it
It started to pall
How could I take pain
And paint it so small?
And the weight of that joy is too profound
Far too great to express in human sound
Far too great to express in human sound
So my dear friend you’re happiest hanging there
But should you feel the stroke of a breath of air
Or should you be brushed by a careless bumble bee
The sound in the air would tear at the heart of me
Oh why, why did I leave it hanging there so long
When sometimes it strums its own sorry song
Is this the memory of my pain and woe
Or the prelude to something I've yet to know?
Is this the memory of my pain and woe
Or the prelude to something I've yet to know?

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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