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Violet and Gold

By Veritas Unae (Bandcamp, SoundCloud).
Cover art by Jas (Tumblr) and Skyplayer (External (lunatucker.com), Twitter).
Released 6/8/2019.
Duration: 7:20.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Lyrics:

Violet or gold
Violet or gold
From what vantage is your story told?
Where do you slumber while kingdoms grow old?
Are you revered? Are you feared?
Violet or gold

I am the agent of golden white
Children of mine vow to fight the good fight
Watching us die for a hopeless cause
They take up our banner with nary a pause

I am the agent of indigo black
Children of mine learn to watch their backs
Surrounded by villains on ev'ry side
We are the fall that comes with black king's pride

Violet or gold
Violet or gold
From what vantage is your story told?
Where do you slumber while kingdoms grow old?
Are you revered? Are you feared?
Violet or gold
Violet or gold
Violet or gold

Do you hear whispers of monstrous love from farthest rings?
Do you see visions in clouds above?
We are the agents of Prospit and Derse
We sing the truth wrapped in riddles and verse
If you have listened to our little song
Maybe you know where you belong

Violet and gold
Violet and gold
From your vantage are all stories told (From what vantage is your story told?)
You will slumber while kingdoms grow old (Where do you slumber while kingdoms grow old?)

You will see visions in clouds above
You will hear whispers of monstrous love
Children revered
Children feared
Violet and gold
Violet and gold

It was the dawn of man
I held a mouse in my hand
I've seen so many just deaths
Wond'ring what he'd planned

I've been this road before
My mouse is done clicking back
I've read both candy and meat
And swore I'd never look back

It's been a long long time (Violet and gold)
But things have just begun (Violet and gold)
It's been a long ten years (Violet and gold)
Will Homestuck ever be done?

It was the dawn of fans
It was the dawn of me and you
It's friendships forged and fanworks scored
And fanfics born anew
Hah!

(You got that telecaster twang...)
(You're twanging in my soul...)

You've got a reason to live, got a reason to live
No matter what you say, no matter what you take away
There's always something you can give

In your dreams you're the star
It's you who makes that catch

You've changed, you've grown up
Your wounds have sewn up

The ship you're on is yours alone

My heart lies with the sea
My heart lies with the ocean

It's been a long long time,
But I've changed for good

(It's been a long long time...)

Artist commentary:

Veritas Unae:

Back in May 2012, Liza posted some lyrics to their Tumblr. I know because I went back and looked up the original post. May 21, 2012. And at the time, I knew I wanted to make something inspired by and using those lyrics. So I started working on a song... but of course, things got busy for me.

Let's fast forward seven years, shall we?

The final version of Vilet and Gold that you're listening to hopefully does the Mobius Trip and Hadron Kaleido album justice, and gives life to Liza's original lyrics. Each track of MTaHK is referenced here, as well as Sburban Jungle and Derse Dreamers for good measure. The end of the song is a dramatic retelling of Dawn of Man, with lyrics referencing more recent events in Homestuck. It's been ten years since Homestuck first started and I knew I always wanted to have something big to finish off this song. (I just didn't know at the time it would be some sweet Beta Version bass.)

I'd like to thank Imbrog for helping me out way back in 2012 with the chord progressions at the start of the song, and to Ucklin for lending her voice to Hadron's part. She's really brought Bowman's character to life and I'm deeply thankful. Also thanks to Mines for recording some live guitar for this piece, and of course thanks to Liza for their beautiful original lyrics.

Which vantage is your story told from? Are you a Dersite carapacian, fighting a war you never wanted to have? Do you dream like a Prospit Carapacian of the futility of your existence, in a battle you cannot win?

Violet and gold.

Jas:

Much like the differences between Prospit and Derse we used two clashing mediums to show how they can work in tandem even better than apart. This is a duet in more ways than one!

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