Shawn Phillips singing The Ballad Of Casey Deiss recorded on his album Second Contribution released, 1970.
"The Texas-born singer/songwriter was called "The best kept secret in the music business," by the late rock impresario Bill Graham.
Beginning in the 1960s, Phillips made noteworthy contributions to popular music. As a session player he contributed to several Donovan LPs including Fairytale, Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, performed at the Isle of Wight festival in front of half a million people, sang on the Beatles' "Lovely Rita (Meter Maid)" song, and was cast to play the lead in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule."(Wiki)
This is a true story.
Twas a man of youthful features Twas a boy of sorrowful eyes Watching out but looking inward Tall and stately and full of life
In his life he spoke but rarely In his mind he cried for light Painting perceptions trying to capture That which he saw in his questioning strife
Once in Lisbon, twice in London Travelling around for all of his time Looking for and finding a goddess He took Diana to be his wife
Of the children they'd begotten Two had died without knowing life And the third I know not whereof But if she lives, she will yet be kind
Casey had a mark of simple value He had a star between his eyes In his hands he held an axe blade The Greek symbol of thunder and fire
On a night when the heavens were crying He went down and took his blade Chopping wood to warm his hearthside The lightning came and my brother died
Bring him no wine from faraway vineyards Tell him no tales of the canyon's might But wish him peace and eternal wisdom For he has died and he died in light