On a really early version of the Tears for Agnes website, Matt had combined some of the recordings of water taken he and Jordan had made for "Drawn by a Still," and had them fade in over a very lo-fi version of this melody. The original take having been recorded using a computer mic right next to the computer, it had been compressed to MP3, recorded to minidisc, back to a computer, and recompressed into MP3. We decided to re-record it shortly after compiling and releasing "Drawn by a Still," in January 2002. The track was very open to overdubbing, and a four-synth drone and acoustic bass line was recorded for the track initially. In 2003, Jordan recorded some additional guitar drones to add further texture to the track. In 2004, Matt asked Jordan if there was something more he wanted to add to the track, and Jordan came up with the fantastic beginning/end part right on the spot. Melissa had recorded a vocal test track in 2003, but did not finish the full recording until the middle of 2004. The final version of the song has eighteen tracks.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.
Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.
released August 18, 2005
"Because I could not stop for Death" is a lyric poem by Emily Dickinson first published posthumously in Poems: Series 1 in 1890.
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