Valdelis

My good friend, Mary DesRosiers, told me of a magic land, Valdelis, where she sought refuge from the disquiet, disturbance, and distress of daily life.  I recalled our conversation, wrote it down in verse, and set it to music.

A few years later, when we were both in college, we got together with my college chum, Tom, and a few other people for a party and impromptu jam-session during Christmas break.  The reel-to-reel was rolling, and we made this recording, complete with doors opening and closing, dogs barking, and the phone ringing in the background.
 
words and music - Tony Provencher
Vocals - Tony Provencher and Mary DesRosiers
Guitar - Tony Provencher
Electric Guitar - Tom Blouin
Album: Dreams and Realities

Lyrics
Where have you been, my dear young friend?  I've missed you so.
I'll tell you where I have been, if you want to know.
Oh I've been to Valdelis, my kingdom by the sea,
Where happiness does reign, and everyone is free.

What did you see while you were there, my dear young friend?
What did you see while in that land your time did spend?
I saw the dark horizon melt in a purple sky.
I saw the rainbow colours blend before my eyes.

What did you do while you were there, my dear young friend?
What did you do while in that land your time did spend?
I bathed in the beauty of the early morn.
I frolicked in the fields with the unicorns.

What did you hear while you were there, my dear young friend?
What did you hear while in that land your time did spend?
I heard the sound of children who did laugh and sing.
I heard the bells of Freedom tolling with a ring.

What did you feel while you were there, my dear young friend?
What did you feel while in that land your time did spend?
I felt the hand of Love moulding right from wrong.
I felt this was, indeed, the land where I belonged.

Oh why can't all men to this land, Valdelis go?
I'll tell you why they can't, if you want to know.
Oh dragons keep Valdelis from evil from the sea.
Oh when you go again, my friend, oh please take me.
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