THE FALL OF GONDOLIN

Music by G.Castelli/L.Catalano/M.Catalano
Lyrics by W.Collo

PART I – TUOR

PREDESTINED TO BECOME THE HOPE
OF ALL IN THE DREAR TIME
THE TIME WHEN FEAST CHANGED INTO TEARS
AND GRANDNESS INTO SLIME

HE WENT TO THE FORBIDDEN GATE
OF GONDOLIN THE GREAT
TO WARN THE KING AGAINST THE DOOM
BROUGHT FORTH BY PRIDE AND HATE

STRANGER FROM THE GREAT SEA,
FROM A FAR-OFF SHORE
WHERE THE ROCKS HAVE VOICES
AND THE WAVES ARE HOAR,
AN OBSCURE ENIGMA,
HE WILL COME AT LAST
SPEAKING THE DEEP LANGUAGE
OF A BURIED PAST

THE VIGOUR OF THE HUMAN RACE
IS GATHERED IN HIS FORM
AND HE SOUNDS LIKE THE SYMPHONY
OF WAVES AFTER THE STORM

STRANGER FROM THE GREAT SEA,
FROM A FAR-OFF SHORE
WHERE THE ROCKS HAVE VOICES
AND THE WAVES ARE HOAR,
AN OBSCURE ENIGMA,
HE WILL COME AT LAST
SPEAKING THE DEEP LANGUAGE
OF A BURIED PAST

PART II – THE SECRET CITY

NOBODY KNOWS
WHAT ROAD WILL LEAD YOU THERE
TALES OF SOMETHING
THAT SEEMS TO BE NOWHERE
A CHERISHED SECRET
THAT THE MOUNTAINS SCREEN
A GUARDED TREASURE
NEVER TO BE SEEN

IN THE VALLEY THE RIVERS SING
LIGHT-WINGED LEGEND CARRIED BY THE WIND
FLEEING FLICKER, IMMATERIAL SOUND
HIDDEN CITY, WHEN WILL YOU BE FOUND

THE DAZZLING BRIGHTNESS
OF MARBLE AND OF GOLD
MARVEL OF MARVELS
SO HARD TO BEHOLD
END OF THE RAINBOW
DREAMED OF FROM AFAR
VANISHING IMAGE
OF A FALLING STAR

HOPELESS MEMORY OF A LONG-LOVED THING
SONG OF DEAD LEAVES FLOATING IN THE WIND
APPARITION OF A HAUNTING GHOST
HIDDEN CITY, FOUND AND LOST

PART III – SONG OF DESTRUCTION

ATTACKING THE UNCONSCIOUS CITY
INVADING IT UNAWARES
THEY CAME OVER HILLS AND RAMPARTS
THEY WENT UP THE VAST, WHITE STAIRS

AND THAT WAS A NIGHT OF SHRIEKING
AND SUMMER CHANGED INTO DEATH
A WELTER OF BLACK CONFUSION
THE FIERCE BLAST OF DRAGONS’ BREATH

GONDOLIN, GONDOLIN, PROUD AND WONDROUS
TREASON HAS WOKEN WITHIN YOUR WALLS

NO WEAPON COULD STOP THE SLAUGHTER
NO HAND COULD AVERT THE STROKE
THE RUIN OF FALLING BULWARKS
THE SPIRALS OF STRANGLING SMOKE
DISTRACTION AND DESPERATION
ENFOLDING THE HAPPY PLAIN
THE JEALOUSLY GUARDED KINGDOM
BROUGHT DOWN BY THE RUTHLESS BANE

THE END OF THE LONG ILLUSION
CATASTROPHE OF THE LAND
WHERE CENTURIES OF SECLUSION
WERE USELESS AGAINST HELL’S BAND

THE CITY BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS
COLLAPSED LIKE A TOWER OF GLASS
AND CEASED LIKE THE SHORT-LIVED ECHO
OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT PASS

AND GREEDY IVY IS ALL THAT GROWS NOW
AMONG THE RUBBLE OF TUMBLING HALLS

THE LIVES OF ELVES AND MEN
ENTWINED ARE IN HIS DESTINY
AND IN HIS EYES THE WISTFUL GAZE
INTO INFINITY

THE LIVES OF ELVES AND MEN
ENTWINED ARE IN HIS DESTINY
AND IN HIS EYES THE WISTFUL GAZE
INTO INFINITY

AND IN THE END THE CITY FELL.
ITS STREETS WERE FILLED WITH THE MIGHT OF
MORGOTH’S MONSTROUS CREATURES:
WOLVES, ORCS AND BALROGS WANDERED AROUND,
SPREADING FIRE AND DEATH.
AND IN THE VERY SQUARE OF THE KING,
ECTHELION OF THE FOUNTAIN ENGAGED A DEADLY
BATTLE WITH GOTHMOG LORD OF BALROGS,
WHERE EACH KILLED THE OTHER.
THEN, BY THE PASS CALLED THE EAGLES’ CLEFT,
THE FUGITIVES FROM GONDOLIN WERE AMBUSHED BY
ORCS; AND A BALROG WAS WITH THEM.
THEY WERE ONLY SAVED BY THE COURAGE OF
GLORFINDEL THE GOLDEN-HAIRED,
WHOSE VALOUR LIVES ON IN ELFISH SONGS

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