Composer: Ed Hooke Date of Composition/Copyright: 1994-5 Date of Recording: 2005
Commentary An open letter from me to Cassandra.
Musically this song features a couple of “nods” to Pink Floyd & to Gang of 4.
Whatever happened to you?
Were you really mad? - out on your own? - constantly misunderstood?
Were you feared and hated? - pushed away? Were you frightened? You seemed so brave. You
seemed so wise but Time has woven you a cloak of political lies so I can't reach you. I
search but I can't find you. Oh Cassandra, where are you?
What did you foresee? - a
firebrand brother and a thousand ships? - noble Hector's sordid death? - your father
butchered on the altar steps? Who was that tortured priestess snatched from the Goddess?
Did the so-called Great King treat you well? and did you bear him sons? - and perish
together in a far off land? - so much I need to know....
What are these spectres? Why
are they looking at me? There is one with an axe, a soldier with a sword, a family in
tatters wailing. From princess to slave you knew life & loss & death & truth so I thought
you'd understand. Can you see why I call to you? If you were made then I'm mad also. If
only I could talk with you - hear your voice and touch you - know after all that it's
What are these spectres? Why are they looking at me? There is one with an axe, a soldier
with a sword, a family in silence waiting.
Over sea and terrain but I can't travel back through time. I'm still searching for
clues from the ruins of your ancient home to the City of Gold where the sun went down
but even if amongst these crumbling stones I should stumble upon your bones I wouldn't
know - and anyway it wouldn't be you. (The dust escapes between my fingers.) Empty
vessels. Déjà vu.
Please pray to your Goddess for me to Athena, to Apollo and to Hecate.
Am I the one with the axe? - the soldier with the sword?