For myself, I always found the cry too piercing, and felt the need to soften it, though my version also enhances the background, making the cliff more ominously obvious and adding a touch of Nature to the lake. Now that I have had the chance to spend many weeks studying the originals in order to make my version, I am left wondering whether the hallucinogenic swirls were not an outcome of laudanum rather than the metaphorical expression of the anguish of the psyche, or both, if you have seen the movie "Love and Mercy" and witnessed Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys doing much the same as Roger Waters on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and Coleridge, unquestionably, while writing "Kubla Khan".
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