The String Theory original “Forest of Cedars” has been completed and is now part of our standard set list. The subject is rather an unusual one for this type of musical setting. It’s based on the four-thousand-year-old Mesopotamian epic poem about Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. This particular piece is about the middle part of the story, when Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu travel to the ancient cedar forest to fight it’s guardian, the monster Humbaba. It’s a timeless story about the quest for gaining immortality by means of far-reaching fame. The studio version of the song will be featured in our upcoming album. The video was taken at our last two gigs, the Blue Fin and the Anaheim Farmer’s Market. You can learn more about what String Theory’s up to at stringtheoryquartet.net.
[Narrator] Harken and I’ll tell you a story a story of long ago a tale about fame and glory, life and death and friend and foe.
Knowing that his body was mortal and longing for his soul to be free the king of Uruk, high-walled city, set out on a quest to seek immortality.
[Gilgamesh] Come friend and we’ll go together! Come friend and I’ll show you the way, the way to make our names forever shine with a glory that’s bright as the day!
In the distant land across the desert, many days journey from here, there stands an ancient cedar forest guarded by terror and evil and fear.
We will go into the forest of cedars and fight him who the gods of old have given careful watch of their forest Humbaba its guardian from times untold!
Friend, we slew him, the monster Humbaba, at whose cry all the mountains quaked! We shall fell the lofty cedar and take it to Uruk in triumph and honor and praise!