Monday, April 1, 2013

The Music of Manos

When I was writing the script for MANOS - The Hands of Felt, naturally, I had to watch Manos - The Hands of Fate a whole lot. Sometime during my fourth viewing, I decided that the songs needed to find their way into the production. They seemed too bad to lose. Ok, that sounds illogical, but it made sense at the time. I blame the movie.

So I went out online, hoping to find copies of them or midi files or at the very least lyrics. No luck. Which is how I wound up listening to them a dozen times apiece, trying to suss out the lyrics through the vocalist's, ahem, unique stylings.

It's not an experience I can recommend and it's why I'm now going to use the power of the interwebz to spare someone else having to do the same.

Here then, are the lyrics to

Love Inside This Magic Circle
from Manos - The Hands of Fate (plays during the opening credits)
by Robert Smith Jr and Russ Huddleston 
(Though to be fair, they're just credited with the music; given that it's not so bad, I wonder if the lyrics can be laid at the door of a certain Mr. H. P. Warren?)

love inside this magic circle
keep your head up high
use the strength I have within
it’s real and not a lie

blow away your memory gladly
be yourself that's all
see the way I really love you
we'll have a ball

the heart's a simple
but I knew before when it opened the door
love is the stay
it is the way
the way

*full disclosure: the lyrics in the 3rd, er, verse(?) are the ones I'm least sure about; the film sound skips a couple of times in there.

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