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“This Country of Ours” is finished

Bet you didn’t think this day would ever come. I sure didn’t. Eight years it took me to record this book! Jeepers.

This Country of Ours, Part 7:

Links to the other 6 parts on that page, or here:

My next LibriVox solo will be Treasure Island, yay! Pirates and parrots and adventure! I’ve got the first four chapters done already. It won’t take eight years this time ;-) Although my beloved but elderly laptop (mid-2011 Macbook Air) is having Serious Issues and it’s going into the shop on Wednesday so I won’t be able to get any recording done for a while. Boo.

Mood: up, down, up, down. Saturday was horrific. Sunday was ok; today was pretty good. Reading lots of Marian Keyes’s Walsh Family novels. Playing Capitals on iPhone. Listening to podcasts. Discovered a band called The Decemberists and I think I might be developing an unhealthy obsession for their song “The Infanta”.

The lyrics tell a story which is incredibly vivid in my mind. A vast slow-moving procession of nobles on elephants and camels. It’s hot, there are bright flags and sidelong glances, trumpet fanfares, cannon salutes, intrigue.

Meanwhile the little princess, the unwitting cause of all the commotion, is dreaming of a peaceful quiet lake.

Here she comes in her palanquin
On the back of an elephant
On a bed made of linen and sequins and silk
All astride on her father’s line
With the king and his concubines
And her nurse with her pitchers of liquors and milk
And we’ll all come praise the infanta
And we’ll all come praise the infanta

Among five score pachyderm
Each canopied and passengered
Sit the duke and the duchess’ luscious young girls
Within sight of the baronness
Seething spite for this live largesse
By her side sits the baron
Her barrenness barbs her
And we’ll all come praise the infanta
And we’ll all come praise the infanta

A phalanx on camelback
Thirty ranks on a forward tack
Followed close, their shiny bright standards a-waving
While behind in their coach, in fours
Ride the wives of the king of Moors
And the veiled young virgin, the prince’s betrothed
And we’ll all come praise the infanta
And we’ll all come praise the infanta

And as she sits upon her place
Her innocence laid on her face
From all atop the parapets blow a multitude of coronets
Melodies rhapsodical and fair
And all our hearts afire
The sky ablaze with cannon fire
We all raise our voices to the air
To the air…

And above all this falderal
On a bed made of chaparral
She is laid, a coronal placed on her brow
And the babe, all in slumber dreams
Of a place filled with quiet streams
And the lake where her cradle was pulled from the water
And we’ll all come praise the infanta
And we’ll all come praise the infanta

I even forgive them their mispronunciation of “infanta”.

If you’re obsessed with Mad Men, you’ll recognize the song from the opening montage in “Maidenform”, s02e06. Which is of course how I discovered it in the first place.

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6 Responses to ““This Country of Ours” is finished”

  1. David Shalom

    I was recently looking for this novel by L T Meade in pdf . . . I note you were searching for it in 2010.
    Kind regards


  2. Brian

    Hi Kara, Brian here.

    I have a suggestion: I’ve long wanted to make a contribution to you for all the joy and pleasure you bring via your audiobooks. Will you consider attaching a PayPal link to this site so that those of us listeners can have the pleasure of honoring you with our donations? Perhaps this will provide a measure of support and allow us to express our gratitude.

    Just a thought! Thanks for all you do and have done.

    Cheers, Brian

  3. Pearl

    Lol! How I read your title at first glance:

    “This Country of Ours is Finished”

    Whoa! Relieved you didn’t go there. ;-) Hope you had a happy 4th of July, though.

  4. Erin

    Hi Kayray! I haven’t read your blog, but wanted to express my appreciation for your podcasts. I’ve listened to a Cricket in Times Sq and now listening to Two Towers. Thank you for helping me get through long drives, crummy commutes, and nights when I can’t sleep or just want to hear someone’s voice there! Hope you’re feeling well now,

  5. Peter Miles Heskett

    I have just finished ‘the adventures of sally’ , which got me through a boring drive from Madrid to home in Valencia. It was a great joy to listen to you bring the story to life. You are a great reader.
    I agree with Bob (was it?) … your site should have a link to a paypal account for donations .
    Best wishes Peter

  6. Jim

    Hi Kara, thanks for reading “This Country of Ours”. I enjoyed the book and I enjoyed your sweet voice. I hope that you will find love, health, and happiness. Thanks for doing your part to make this world a better place. :)

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