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Powerful Lyrics

Post by heinzs » Sat May 30, 2009 1:23 pm

Here is a piece that is sung by the Klezmatics on their album "Possessed". It is lyrics, but it is also a powerful poem. I am always deeply moved when I listen to this song (the music is also haunting).

An Undoing World
(words by Tony Kushner)

By the time we're done with dancing,
Elsewhere darling you'll be glancing
And the night's a river-torrent tearing us apart.
Merely melody entwined us,
Easily the ties that bind us
Break in fibrillations of the heart.

Don't cry out or cling in terror
Darling that's a fatal error
Clinging to a somebody you thought you knew was yours.
Dispossession by attrition
Is a permanent condition
That the wretched modern world endures.

You drift away, you're carried by a stream.
Refugee a wanderer you roam;
You lose your way, so it will come to seem:
No place in particular is home.

You glance away, your house has disappeared,
The sweater you've been knitting has unpurled.
You live adrift, and everything you feared
Comes to you in this undoing world.

Copper-plated, nailed together,
Buffeted by ocean weather
Stands the Queen of Exiles and our mother she may be.
Hollow-breasted broken-hearted
Watching for her dear departed
For her children cast upon the sea.

At her back the great idyllic
Land of justice for exilic
Peoples ponders making justice private property.
Darling never dream another
Woman might have been your mother
Someday you may be a refugee.

A refugee, who's running from the wars,
Hiding from the fire-bombs they've hurled;
Eternally a stranger out-of-doors,
Desperate in this undoing world.

Mother for your derelicted
Children from your womb evicted
Grant us shelter harbor solace safety let us in!
Let us tell you where we travelled
How our hopes our lives unravelled
How unwelcome everywhere we've been.
An' it harm none, do what ye will. Blessed Be.
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Re: Powerful Lyrics

Post by poeticpiers » Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:31 am

any song that sticks in the memory is invariably good poetry
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