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To Helen

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Meanwhile it’s three months ago since I posted „To Helen“ and as you surely remember I promised, that Adam Malin would arrange this song and you would get a second version.
Finally I proudly present the result. Adam is the keyboard-player of a very fine progressive rock band called „XNA“. Lovers of the classic era of Prog a la early Genesis and Yes should not hesitate to visit their homepage at


For those who missed the first version


Adam did a great job with the arrangement. He has played all keyboard-parts live following my basic piano-part and ended up with around fourty stems, so it was a real challenge for me to mix the track. At the end „To Helen“ turned to orchestral with nice additions of percussion, strings and harpsichord.

Adam: Arrangement, bass, harpsichord, strings, percussion, brass, special effects
Chris: Vocals (courtesy of studiopros.com)
Dirk: Music, Basic piano, production
Lyrics: Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen
Helen, thy beauty is to me 
Like those Nicéan barks of yore, 

That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, 
The weary, way-worn wanderer bore 
To his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam, 
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, 

Thy Naiad airs have brought me home 
To the glory that was Greece,       
And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche 
How statue-like I see thee stand, 

The agate lamp within thy hand! 
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which 
Are Holy-Land!

All rights reserved by Dirk Radloff 9/21/2016

[arranged by Adam Malin ]

Licence : All Rights Reserved