D. Scopelliti • “Roam” • (Working version) • 2021


Written in April of 2021. “Roam” is piece on visionary modes born from pressure. Danny Scopelliti and Matt Montrose recorded this working/demo version of the piece via a DIY home-recording setting. The a piece largely gave rise to the Grave Willow project, along with its associated themes of fate, vision, and death.

Montrose led and calibrated the recording process while contributing vocal overdubs. The track features a Martin acoustic on rhythm, a Fender jazz bass for underpinning, and textural work on a Fender Telecaster. Scopelliti features on all 3 instruments and lead vocals. The accompanying Otto Seitz (from an 1896 edition of the German magazine Jugend) emerged as a resonant fit for the subject matter.

Lyrics below.


“In the furnace of the midnight sun, the heat struck to my bones.
Strong with all had I did declare that I was damned to roam.
When you’re out clawing at the road you have no hearth or home.
And the only ember from the source into the sea is thrown 

The visions found me when I ceased to look, they were a vast connected chain.
Like the word inside a foreign book, the full translation came.
Revelation is that golden tome the pure alone can read.
Revolution is a turning wheel, not a slate wiped clean

With the dead, all the living share their bread.
Lifting up and letting down, all returning the ground

Body naked, back uncloaked, the feral night untied.
Radiant, the fire can’t be choked.
The blaze you must abide.
Crying out in tongues I sang, I hailed the chasm far and wide
In the terror of the great expanse, surrendered to the tide

With the dead, all the living share their bread.
Lifting up and letting down, all returning the ground

With the dead, all the living hang their head.
Sifting through and searching ‘round.
All returning the ground”

Copyright © • Danny Scopelliti/Grave Willow • 2021

Image credit: Otto Seitz. From the 22 February, 1896 (no. 8) edition of “Jugend” magazine, or “Münchner illustrierte Wochenschrift für Kunst und Leben” (Munich illustrated weekly magazine for art and life). Image via University of Heidelberg digital collections. Seitz is passed away (1846-1912), so copyright attribution for this work is used according to the date & criteria of artistic fair use.