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So it's entirely possible I watched all of Merlin just because I knew it would make a good vid with this song. You be the judge, I suppose.


What It Is
edited by kaydee falls
fandom: Merlin
characters: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwen (OT4)
music: "What It Is" by Mark Knopfler
summary: everybody's looking for somebody's arms to fall into -- that's what it is.
watch: embed + lyrics below the cut, or on BAM Vid Vault
download: here (.mov, 66 MB)
disclaimer: not mine, no profit, don't sue.






LYRICS:

The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air
Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters and the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into
That's what it is
It's what it is now

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down
Lights are out in the city hall
The castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
That's what it is
It's what it is now

The garrison sleeps in the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone
And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the Caledonia blues
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
That's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

There's a chink of light, there's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee Willie Winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours
On Charlotte Street I take a walk
And stick for my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick
Is still in search of Little Nell
That's what it is
It's what it is now
It's what it is
What it is now

Date: 2009-07-24 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiercynn.livejournal.com
!!!!!

Okay, haven't actually watched it yet, but that's my reaction just from you posting it. So.

Date: 2009-07-24 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiercynn.livejournal.com
OH OT4. I am ridiculously in love with them, and this showed all their wonderful moments so well. I'm not at my most coherent so all I can really say is that the part in the middle from Arthur defending Mordred through him pulling his sword on Merlin in "Excalibur" (ooh, book-ended, I didn't even notice that until now!) is absolute perfection, especially the dungeon section and the Gwen-to-Merlin-to-Arthur glance also from "Excalibur" - and Gwen in basically the whole video was amazing, and the song did really work, and ohhhhhh. *loves*

Date: 2009-07-24 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Seeing as this is all your fault, of course. Also, Gwen is always amazing -- that's not the vid, that's just GWEN.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiercynn.livejournal.com
Also, Gwen is always amazing -- that's not the vid, that's just GWEN.

truuuuuufax. But this showed it really well! Yes.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:46 am (UTC)
msilverstar: (karl yum)
From: [personal profile] msilverstar
OT4 works for me! As does this vid, it's great.

Have they all been in the dungeon cells at one time or another? Huh.

Date: 2009-07-24 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D And, yeah, they've all been thrown in the dungeon at some point. Theirloveissoincarcerated!

Date: 2009-07-24 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tricksterquinn.livejournal.com
Oh, I love Knopfler! And I didn't know that song! Lovely.

Date: 2009-07-24 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
It's an awesome song, yes. :D Also, hey, we should hang out.

Date: 2009-07-24 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiny-starlight.livejournal.com
Ok, that was amazing! The song was an absolutely perfect choice. Well done!

Date: 2009-07-24 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad it worked for you.

Date: 2009-07-24 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cherish4.livejournal.com
Ok that was bloomin fantastic, loved it!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2009-07-24 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bionic.livejournal.com
This was fantastic! Really great song, and your editing was great too, really seamless and fluid and smooth, like the song! Heh. Loved it.

Date: 2009-07-26 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!

Date: 2009-07-24 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obsessive24.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this vid. You have such an instinctive grasp of musicality and gorgeous parallels. This vid so dearly captures the hopeful innocence of the OT4 in this show. I especially love how they picked up and fought (sometimes really gleefully) at the end. It's uplifting and a really lovely vid. Thank you so much for sharing!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback -- and for the rec on your journal, I appreciate that. :) I'm very glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2009-07-24 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vicky-v.livejournal.com
I really really wish I could be coherent in the comment I'm giving this video but... GUH! I can't seem to get past GUH! (and in this case it is a very positive sound).

Because the song and the editing and the way it all fits together, not to mention the pretty and the limitless awesome that is the OT4. This is brilliant!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! That is perfectly valid feedback. :D I'm so glad it worked for you.

Date: 2009-07-25 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
Here from [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24's rec.

And this is great! Very lovely and squishy look at our OT4. D'aaaw bbs! :DDD

Date: 2009-07-26 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! They are indeed very squishable. :)

Date: 2009-07-25 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithrel.livejournal.com
Awesome vid, never heard that song before, but it fits. I'm glad you posted the lyrics, though. Downloaded!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! And, yeah, his voice is a bit mumbly at times, it helps to be able to read the lyrics.

Date: 2009-07-25 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thismaz.livejournal.com
That was beautifully cut and matched! Beautiful!! *goes to watch it again*
And wasn't Douglas Adams right? - Mark Knopfler's voice is indeed the only true, natural aphrodisiac.

Date: 2009-07-26 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you!

And, ha! I'd never heard that before, but it's very true.

Date: 2009-07-25 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srin.livejournal.com
This is awesome! I'd never heard the song before but I'm sort of in love with it now, and the clips and editing are fabulous. I particularly like the paralleling bits, the matching looks and matching dungeon scenes and so forth; nicely done!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love the song -- and I'd watched all of ten minutes of Merlin before I thought of how well the song suited this fandom. I'm glad it worked for you.

Date: 2009-07-25 08:11 am (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (merlin: gwen)
From: [personal profile] such_heights
I love this so much, it's really gorgeous!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
:D Thank you so much!

Date: 2009-07-25 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com
Wow! This is such a wonderful vid, with so much spark and life. It gives equal weight to the awesome of every one of the four characters, and really portrays them as a team, with all the support and conflict that that entails. I giggled at the brief montage of them all getting thrown in the dungeon - those kids, always getting in trouble! :D This just plays like a love letter to the show, and I really enjoy that a lot. The song was indeed a perfect choice! I'm definitely going to download for repeat viewings to capture everything you did. Great job!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And, yeah, I knew I had to do an everyone-gets-thrown-in-jail bit, it's too obvious. :)

Date: 2009-07-25 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] redbrickrose.livejournal.com
Oh, I really love this! OT4!

Date: 2009-07-26 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thanks! They're just all so marvelous together. :D

Date: 2009-07-28 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] counteragent.livejournal.com
Keep up the vidding! This was quite enjoyable.

Date: 2009-07-29 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you! I shall. :)

Date: 2009-08-01 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightchik.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this. I especially loved the chain of looks around 2:21 - great use of the music. Also the way Gwen's eyes move to the music on 1:15. It was cool how you explored how all their individual relationships tie them together.

Date: 2009-08-02 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm glad it worked for you.

Date: 2009-08-02 09:25 am (UTC)
ext_21673: (Default)
From: [identity profile] fahye.livejournal.com
I couldn't believe that someone had done a vid to this -- it's been one of my favourite songs in the world for YEARS, and nobody else ever seems to have heard it. So it was wonderful to see you turn it into such a lovely vid :) A great mixture of heart-warming and heartstring-tugging moments.

Date: 2009-08-02 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaydeefalls.livejournal.com
I love this song, too, so I'm very glad you thought the vid worked. Thank you!

password?

Date: 2012-09-21 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi,
What is the password for this vid? I just watched your other Merlin vids and they were lovely but I'm not seeing a password listed for this one.

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