The Fountain Of Salmacis

Album: Nursery Cryme (1971)
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  • From a dense forest of tall dark pinewood, Mount Ida rises like an island.
    Within a hidden cave, nymphs had kept a child;
    Hermaphroditus, son of gods, so afraid of their love.

    As the dawn creeps up the sky
    The hunter caught sight of a doe.
    In desire for conquest,
    He found himself within a glade he'd not beheld before.

    "Where are you, my father?
    Give wisdom to your son"
    Now lost, the boy was guided by the sun"
    "Then he could go no farther

    And as his strength began to fail
    He saw a shimmering lake.
    A shadow in the dark green depths
    Disturbed the strange tranquility.

    "The waters are disturbed
    Some creature has been stirred"
    "The waters are disturbed
    Naiad queen Salmacis has been stirred"

    As he rushed to quench his thirst,
    A fountain spring appeared before him
    And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,
    A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring".

    The water tasted strangely sweet.
    Behind him the voice called again.
    He turned and saw her, in a cloak of mist alone
    And as he gazed, her eyes were filled with the darkness of the lake.

    "We shall be one
    We shall be joined as one"
    "She wanted them as one
    Yet he had no desire to be one"

    "Away from me cold-blooded woman
    Your thirst is not mine"

    "Nothing will cause us to part
    Hear me, O Gods"

    Unearthly calm descended from the sky
    And then their flesh and bones were strangely merged
    Forever to be joined as one.

    The creature crawled into the lake.
    A fading voice was heard:
    "And I beg, yes I beg that all who touch this spring
    May share my fate"

    "We are the one
    We are the one"
    "The two are now made one
    Demi-god and nymph are now made one"

    Both had given everything they had.
    A lover's dream had been fulfilled at last,
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Comments: 2

  • Craig from UsArmin, Tony said he and Peter wrote the lyrics.
  • Armin from GermanyLyrics by Mike Rutherford.
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