NOSFERATU, a Symphony of Horror
Sitting looking forlornly out at the sea
Dreaming pictures of places he'll
"Please God, nothing must harm him / Or if
must happen / You'll make me die."
Sitting looking forlornly into the deep
She's got very good
reason to weep.
"I'm trapped in this awful /
Everyone's crazy, / And so am I!
"I'm lost to the
daytime / And nothing can save me.
I can not be ransomed / I
can't be retrieved!"
Next best thing to a love song -- / "So long,"
Go on a voyage,
/ Never return.
He's lost / and nothing can save him,
Not a miracle, / Not
when he wants to stay.
He'll say, / "I'm lost to the
Not the nighttime. / It claims a part
But anyway /
You know you've got my heart."
He'd left her with his sisters.
She has resisted all their
Seems she's sighted at midnight
Down by the seaside,
Though they try to console her, / Hold
Nothing disuades her. / She only gets worse.
Time goes twittering by while
Empires die and businesses
She's becoming exhausted,
This is because she's grown
Still she is waiting, / Stating,
"Give me no solids /
When I have a thirst.
"Oh, please take me with you. / I'm sick of your sisters.
earthly existence please / Take me away.
"'Cause I'm lost, / But I know you'll save me
From this misery
/ Where everything is weak.
"I see / Us wandering together
forever. / Though we're apart,
You always have, / And will have,
"'Cause I'm lost in the daytime! / I pray you will save
Oh, please come and / Take me away!
"I'll blow out the
candle! / I'll put out the light,
If only you'll take me tonight.
/ Take me tonight!"
© 1978, Peter Dizozza
(notes from the lyric book of 1983) Edward Downes was so
enraptured by the intoxicating nihilism of Wagner's theatre
glorifications, and I so moved by his emotion, that I thought I'd
attempt to capture it in 5 minutes or less. Opera lover that he was,
he taught music history at the Queens College Music Department while
I was a student there. I believe his father was the considerably
more famous critic Olin Downes. Most impressive at the time was that
Edward lived in the Dakota, and was a neighbor of John and Yoko, and
It is to him that this delightful summary song is dedicated.
Exciting performances: The Dotson
Sisters helped devise the three sisters version and performed it
at various places including a "Bill Bogg's" show at then disco,
Sybils, at the NY Hilton. It was one of Debbie Dotson's favorite
originals. What was Bill Boggs doing there? Does anyone remember him
over the homeless woman? I think of him as a poor man's David Frost
or George Plimpton, but I'd like to know more.
Note that the Murnau film of the same name adapted the Stoker
Dracula and both feature a real estate broker attempting to close a
sale with the famed aristocrat while the broker's wife awaits him at
home. Of course, Murnau highlighted the broker's wife, gave her
telepathy and had her left with the broker's sisters. Who, after
seeing his film, can forget the great moment when she waits at the
and the sisters come to collect