King Herod and the Cock

from Fish Dreams the Universe by Meadow Argus

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I've always loved the weirdness inherent in folk song in general, and English Folk Carols especially tend towards a particularly peculiar strain of Gothic eccentricity. This song tells of a dancing, singing roasted bird who rings the bell for the coming of the Prince who will bring the end of King Herod's reign.

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King Herod and the Cock

There was a star in David's land
In David's land appeared
And in King Herod's chamber
So bright it did shine there

The wise men they soon spied it
And told the King a-nigh
That a Prince's babe was born that night
No King shall e'er destroy

If this be the truth, King Herod said
That thou hast told to me
The roasted cock that lies in the dish
Shall crow full senses three

Oh the cock soon thrustened and feathered well
By the work of god's own hand
And he did crow full senses three
In the dish where he did stand

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from Fish Dreams the Universe, track released April 4, 2019
Traditional, Arranged by. J. Cole

Jevan Cole - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Organ, Bass Guitar, Drum Programming
Coby Cole Stegman - Vocals

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Meadow Argus QLD, Australia

Australian psych-folk freaks, Meadow Argus travel forgotten mountain tracks and narrow country lanes collecting imagined folklore and abandoned ephemera. Found sounds intertwine with bubbling synths, intricate acoustic guitars, and spaced-out electrics. Woven into a tattered and worn tapestry of pastoral acoustic abstracts, whimsical electronica, and sparklingly dark jangle fuzz pop songs. ... more

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