The song nears its end. We hear the same theme we heard during the introduction, except this time, it is in a hopeful D Major. It suggests that Death has won over the Maiden. We can almost imagine her, sleeping soundly in his arms of bone, restful, at peace, but never to awaken.
We end our walk through Liberty Street on a contemplative tone, meandering through the superficial idyll that is Battery Park City to find ourselves an empty bench by the Hudson River waterfront. There we sit and ponder life, love, hope and mortality.
(For information on specific buildings on Liberty Street, I am indebted to New York Songlines: Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets, at http://www.nysonglines.com)
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