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She was a mountain nymph from outside Limache
At the age of sixteen she stole away
To the city down the road

But she quickly tired of that harbor town
The grime and the soot simply brought her down
’Til she discovered the hidden cove

She loved to swim, but she wouldn’t say so
She was silent on the beach of Valparaiso

When fleeing her home she’d had no choice
The goddess of the mountain had stolen her voice
She was too beautiful to be allowed to stay that way

So the hot summer’s noon when the nobleman came
He failed to notice her doelike frame
As he walked to the water to rinse the day away

She loved him, but she couldn’t say so
She was silent by the sea of Valparaíso

The spirits of the mountain had followed her there
Her joy was more than the goddess could bear
She sought to make the nymph disappear

But the other gods thought the penalty cruel
And the noble youth such a thick-headed fool
They bid that part of her remain, at his back like a breeze, on his face like a tear,

She was beautiful, and her voice it would remain so
Singing on the shores of Valparaîso

She loved him, but she would never say so
And her voice still hangs from the cliffs of Valparaíso


from Valle Crucis, released June 15, 2018


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Golconda Albuquerque, New Mexico

Peripatetic avant-troubadour songs for the discerning vagabond

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