Lyrics and music of the song “Magician Moth” from Roger Glover’s live version of “The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast” performed in the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday October 16, 1975 .
when it’s dusk or dark on Earth
dusky*, misty, ghostly
it’s then Magician Moth goes flitting* mostly
softer than a breath
marked with a skull since birth, he knows no fear of death
and when he folds his patterned velvet wings
keeps very still as midnight darkens, keeps very still
and harkens* to the faintest, strangest, and most secret things
they say that whispers from some very far, never seen and nameless star
give him power to foresee happenings unknown to you and me
before the ball was even thought of he knew just when it would be
so here he is in the clear light of day
famous Magician Moth outside this place of call
the busy old white lion buying a jug of honey, something to rely on
before he flits away
but not till after sunset
to the ball
*dusky: darkish in colour
*flitting: to move lightly and swiftly
*harken: to listen to
This video and lyrics are from the full length film made of Roger Glover’s live version of “The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast” performed in the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday October 16, 1975. This concert breathes the spirit of that time, the seventies.
The song is called “Magician Moth” and the studio version of the song is instrumental. Vincent Price is the narrator in the live version of “Magician Moth”. He does this so perfectly beautiful.
The film contains some real musical gems of which my favorites are “Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee” featuring Helen Chappelle and Barry St. John, “Together Again” featuring Tony Ashton and of course “Magician Moth” featuring Vincent Price.
All credits go to the owners of the film, music and lyrics.