Lady Weeping At The Crossroads

Text av W.H. Auden

 

Midnight

IíVE BEEN HAVINí SUCH A NIGHTMARE

IíM AFRAID†† MA

I AM SCARED TO DEATH I NEVER

WANT TO SLEEP†† MA

THEREíS A FUNNY MAN WHO WHISPERS

IN MY EAR†† MA

HE IS GONNA CARRY ME AWAY

IN THE MIDNIGHT

 

YOU DONíT NEED TO BE AFRAID MY SON

IT'S ALL FIGMENTS OF YOUR MIND

YOU IS TO LISTEN TO MY

AND NEVER NEVER BE AFRAID

 

I AM HERE I HAVE BEEN THERE

IíM NOT AFRAID†† MA

PLEASE COME TO ME IN MY DREAMS

AND I WILL CARRY YOU AWAY

 

YOU DONíT...

 

††† MOTHER LOVES HER LITTLE TOY

††† MOTHERíS TAKINí CARE OF HIM

††† THINKINí HE IS WELL ASLEEP

††† SORRY MOTHER DOES NOT KNOW

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T. Fird

WHEN YOUR WORLD'S REACHED A POINT

WHEN THERE'S REALLY NO ESCAPE

MABY BLUES CAN BE YOUR TRICK

ITíS A GOOD ONE SURE A GOOD ONE†† THATíS MY WORD

 

I JUST HAD THE STRONGEST DREAM

FACING FLOWERS ACCUSING ME

I THINK LOVE'S A SACRED WORD

BEEING USED TOO MUCH AS A WORD†† YOU KNOW I KNEW

 

WHEN THE T. FIRD SHOWS ITíS FACE

YOU DONíT TREMBLE YOU DONíT LAUGH

FIRST YOUíRE SIMPLY STUNNED

AND THEN YOUíRE YEAH†† THEN YOUíRE REALLY HOT

 

WHAT IS LOVE?

WHEN YOU DIE

WHEN YOU LIVE WHEN YOU LOVE

LOVE LIVE†† DIE LOVE

 

††† ††READ MY MIND

††† I'M DEAD I'M ALIVE

††† I'M IN LOVE

††† READ MY WORDS

††† HEREíS MY NAME

††† WHATíS YOURS?

††† HEREíS THE PEN

††† WHOíS THAT GUY

††† HEíS SO YOUNG

††† HEíS NO PREACHER FOR ME

 

I'M PRAYINí FOR YOU T. FIRD

NEVER HATE BUT YOU HATE COWARDS

GOTTA GRIP GOTTA GRIP ON US

THAT'S JUST WHAT YOU WANT

T. FIRD BLUES STRAIGHT†† T. FIRD BLUES RIGHT

PLEASE NO BLUES O. K.

O. K. WHEN THEREíS JUST ONE WORD†† LOVE

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The Wind I Africa

I CAUGHT YOU ALMOST DESERT DRY

THOUGH THE RAIN HAD MADE YOU NOT

THE COUNTRYSIDE HAD DONE ME WELL AND

I HAD MADE I CHOICE

 

DARK BROWN SKIN AND EYES OF LOVE

I KNEW THIS PLAE WAS RIGHT

THESE APPLES OF THIS GARDEN WILD

THIS BLOOM OF NAKED TRUTH

 

HE THOUGHT HE HAD A CALL

THE MISSIONARYíS FAULT

 

BIRTH OF LOVE AND FRUIT OF HEART

THE SOIL OF LOVE AND GROWTH

I FIND THIS THING LIKE HEAVEN SEND BUT

ITíS MARK IS MADE IN BLOOD

 

HE THOUGHT HE HAD A CALL

WELL TIME WILL TELL HIS FAULT

THE MISSIONARYíS CALL

THIS GRAVESTONEíS GONNA FALL

 

††† WHO BROUGHT HOME THE APPLES?

††† WHO BROUGHT HOME THE BACON?

†††

††† MR BROWNíS IN HIS SERVICE NOW

††† WE HATE IT

††† MRS BROWN PLUCKS HER EYEBROWS NOW

††† WE HATE IT

††† IS THE WIND COLD IN AFRICA?

††† WERE YOU CLOSE TO YOUR HEAVEN THERE?

††

††† DO YOU SERVE OR MASTER?

††† NOW YOUR HEART BEATS FASTER

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In Every Garden

ASK ME ĎBOUT ANY LIFE

ASK ME ĎBOUT ANY THING

DESERTS OR KNIVES OR TRUTH

COULDNíT CARE LESS YOU KNOW

 

DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

SOMETHING VERY STRONG

LIVES THERE FOR REASONS

MUCH TOO PROUD TO TELL

 

HANG ME WITH ALL YOUR WORDS

THEN HANG ME ON YOUR WALL

SPIRITS OR LOVE OR FOOD

NOW YOU HAVE LEARNED TO HATE

 

HIDING FROM VULTURES

AND WITH A SMILE

LIVING FOR EVER AND

EVER AGAIN

 

SEAMS AS IF THE LIGHTS GONE OUT

FOR A WALK I SUPPOSE

THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS

IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN

 

THERE'S NEVER BEEN NO LIGHT

BUT FAR TOO MANY WALKS

HAVINí AN ENDLESS ROAD

MADE UP BY TOO MANY WORDS

 

††† ALMOST JUST IN EVERY GARDEN

††† WHEN THE GARDENER IS ASLEEP

††† A FLOWER COMINí INTO BLOOM

††† THEN HIDES AGAIN IT HAS TO DO SO

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Sexual & Rational

LONG LIVE OUR NEEDS

SEEN UPON AS WEED

 

I'M QUESTIONNED AGAIN

DEATH CALLS IT JUST WHEN

 

EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO

EVERY LITTLE THING YOU ARE

EVERY LITTLE THING YOU MAKE

HEAVEN'S PLANNING YOUR MISTAKE

 

PLEASE SPIRITS OF YOUTH

TRUTH ONLY THE TRUTH

 

EVERY LITTLE...

 

BLINDING LIGHT FROM CLEAN WHITE CLOUDS

STORYBOOK IS OPEN WIDE

LITTLE FELLAíS SCREAMING WILD

GOD HE'S JUST A LITTLE CHILD

 

††† SEXUAL AND RATIONAL

††† RATIONAL AND SEXUAL

††† SEXUAL AND RATIONAL

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We Kept On Fishiní

WE HAD THE RADIO ON

WE KEPT THE TV ON

BUT WHO COULD TELL WE WERE ALIVE?

 

WE HAD THE PAPERS IN

WE GOT THE PEANUTS IN

BUT WE COULD HARDLY FEEL A THING

 

WE WERE SO PARALYZED SO

SO ANTI ENERGIZED SO

WE COULD HAVE VANISHED RIGHT AWAY

 

A FRIEND CAME UP TO US

HE SMELLED OF FISH AND SALT

HE SAID†† LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING NEW

 

WE STARTED FISHINí

WE LIKED THE FISHINí

WE KEPT ON FISHINí ALL THE TIME

 

THEN WE WERE HOME AGAIN

THE WORLD WAS ON AGAIN

AND ALL THE THINGS WE HAD TO DO

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

HOW TO BEHAVE AND ALL

WE COULDNíT STAND THAT ANY MORE

 

WE STARTED...

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Heaven Today

HAWK : A THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY HEAD

WOLF : I GUESS ITíS ALL TRUE

OWL: THAT IT WAS YOU WHO KNEW IT ALL

 

HAWK : THEN EVERYTHING WAS BACK

WOLF : I MADE SOME RESEARCH

OWL : I TRIED TO BE KIND BUT I WAS IN LOVE

 

WHO KNEW IT ALL

AND WAS IT ALL

AND WHAT WAS IT ALL

YEAH WHAT DID YOU KNOW

HOW DID YOU KNOW

 

HAWK : SUPPOSE THERE IS A LAW

WOLF : THEN OURS DISAPPEAR

OWL : HEAVEN BE PRAISED†† HEAVEN TODAY

 

HAWK : I HAD THIS STROKE OF LOVE

WOLF : FROM HEAVEN BEYOND

OWL : SUNíS GOING UP†† MOONíS COMING DOWN

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Fishiní Forever

LISTEN TO THE RHYTHMS FROM THE HEARTBEATS OF THE SEA

COMING TO AN ISLAND FIND SOME SHADE UP IN A TREE

LISTEN TO THE RHYTHMS FROM THE HEARTBEATS OF THE SEA

END UP ON AN ISLAND THAT WAS MEANT FOR YOU AND ME

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The Space Is Here

LONESOME SUMMER'S DAY

THEREíS A TRACK OF EVERY

TEAR MY MIND WAS CLEAR

WHO PUT SOMETHING IN MY

DRINK? I LACK SOME TIME

NOW I CANNOT HELP YOU

WISH MY CHOICE WAS MADE

I BELIEVE THE SPACE IS HERE

 

LONESOME SUMMERíS DAY

HOW I LOVE THE WAY SHE

WALKS THE WAY SHE TALKS

I AM THERE WHEN I AM

HERE AND WONDERING WHY

NOW PLEASE LET THE DAY BECOME

IíM NAKED AND ALONE

I BELIEVE THE SPACE IS HERE

 

LONESOME SUMMERíS DAY

LOOKING BACK TEN YEARS FROM

NOW I WONíT BE HERE

AND YOUR FACE WILL HAVE MY

MARK LA LA LA LA

GETTING LOST AND GETTING

ON LA LA LA LA

FIND THE SPACE AND FIND IT

HERE LA LA LA LA

GETTING LOST AND GETTING

IN LA LA LA LA

FIND THE SPACE THE SPACE IS HERE

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To The Country

HOME

YES IíM HEADING FOR HOME

FIND

TO FIND JUST WHERE I AM

AND ALL

ALL WHAT THERE IS LEFT

 

NOW

THEREíS A TOWN IN MY HEAD

SOON

SOON IT WILL BE GONE

AND LEFT IS

WHAT THERE ALWAYS WAS

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About The Rain

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE RAIN?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE RAIN THAT FALLS?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE GIRL?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE GIRL WHO CALLS?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BIRD?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BIRD THAT FLEW?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE WIND?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE WIND THAT BLEW?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BREEZE?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BREEZE THAT FROZE?

 

FALLINí FALLINí FALLINí FALLINí

 

HAVE YOU HERD ABOUT THE FISH?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE FISH THAT DIES?

HAVE YOU COMFORT FOR THE GIRL?

HAVE YOU COMFORT FOR THE GIRL WHO CRIES?

 

FALLINí FALLINí...

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Mister Goodnight

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

ARE YOU IN MY DREAMS TONIGHT?

 

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

ARE YOU GONNA TAKE ME OUT?

 

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

ARE YOU LIVE OR ARE YOU DEAD?

 

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

ARE YOU STILL INSIDE MY HEAD

 

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

FROM THE DARK INTO THE BRIGHT

 

HEY, MR.GOODNIGHT

AM I TRULY OUT OF SIGHT

 

OH, I'VE BEEN TALKING IN MY SLEEP AGAIN

OH, I'VE BEEN CRYING IN MY SLEEP AGAIN

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When Youíre Gone

MEMORIES FROM YOUR LIFE

SPLIT SECONDS OF YOUR THOUGHTS

CURSES CAUSED BY ENVY

FLOWERS FROM YOUR SEED

 

LOVE WAS IN YOUR MIND

LOVE WAS IN YOUR DREAMS

PLEASE DONíT SAVE AFFECTION

PRESENT IS DIVINE

 

ONCE SHE WAS THERE

LOVE WAS IN YOUR CARE

LIFE FELT LIKE FOREVER

BUT YOU STOLE TIME AND WAS CRUEL

 

TIME FOR YOURSELF

PROUD TO BE SO SELF

BUT SOMETHING TAPS YOUR SHOULDER

YOUíVE BEEN CHOSEN NOW

 

THATíS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE

WEALTH DONíT COUNT†† NO USE TO CRY

 

††† SEE YOU BY THE WINDOW

††† NOW THAT YOUíRE GONE

††† SEE YOU BY THE WINDOW

††† IíM THINKING LOUD

 

MEMORIES FROM A LIFE

A LIFE THAT WAS AND IS

BLESSED BY PREMONITIONS OF

SOMEONE BESIDE YOU

 

I WILL SAY NO MORE

I DONíT WANT THIS THERAPY

CURSES CAUSED BY ENVY

FLOWERS FROM YOUR SEED

 

THATíS WHATÖ

 

THEREíS NO BAD†† NO EVIL TOO

YOUíRE JUST NEGATIVE†† FACING YOU

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(You Gotta Play) J.B.G.

ONE LONELY DAY IN ANY TOWN

I HAD A WALK I LOOKED AROUND

SUDDENLY I FOUND A SMALL CAF…

THERE WAS A GIRL I SAW HER SMILE

 

THE BEST LOOKING I EVER HAD SEEN

I KNEW JUST WHAT THOSE EYES COULD MEAN

 

I ASKED PLEASE CAN I HAVE A SEAT

I MADE AN ORDER COFFE AND BEER

SHE HAD TO GO I ASKED CAN I JOIN

SHE SAID WELL YOU MIGHT BUT I HAVE ONE REQUEST

 

YOU GOTTA PLAY JOHNNY B. GOODE

YOU GOTTA PLAY JOHNNY B. GOODE

 

I TOLD HER THIS IS REALLY WEIRD

I KNOW ALL MODERN SONGS BY HEART

WELL I DONíT CARE YOU MIGHT JUST QUIT SHE SAID

I HAVE ONE REQUEST IF YOU WANT TO BE MINE

 

YOU GOTTAÖ

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Everything

LIVING IN CHANGES

I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE

CHASING IN SILENCE

I'VE DONE THAT HERE BEFORE

 

PLAYING LIKE CHILDREN

NOTHING IS EVERYTHING

CLEAR IS YOUR VOICE THOUGH

I DID FORGET

 

ME WHO WANTED EVERYTHING††††† LET ME STAY WITH YOU

EVERYTHING†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† YES ALL OF YOU

EVERYTHING†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† STAY WITH YOU

EVERYTHING†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ALL OF YOU

 

DOORS ARE OPEN TALL AND WIDE

GATES CLOSE IN FRONT OF YOU

TIME HAS MADE ANOTHER SPEECH

EMPTY AT LAST

 

ME WHO...

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Sleep

I TALK MYSELF TO SLEEP THIS MORNING

I DON'T CARE FOR BREAKFAST AT THIS TIME

I DON'T MIND TO KEEP THEM WAITING

THEY DON'T TAKE NOTICE ANYHOW

 

TORTURING††††† WORK AGAIN††††† SLEEP††††† SLEEP

 

PICK SOMEONE ELSE THERE'S PLENTY OF

PEOPLE ALMOST DYING FOR A JOB

I STILL HAVE THINGS TO DREAM ABOUT

THE DOOR IS LOCKED AND NO MORE TELEPHONES

 

TORTURING...

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