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 WORLDíS REACHED A POINT

WHEN THEREíS 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 LOVEíS A SACRED WORD

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

 

WHEN THE T. FIRD SHOWS ITíS FACE

YOU DON'T TREMBLE YOU DON'T LAUGH

FIRST YOU'RE SIMPLY STUNNED

AND THEN YOU'RE YEAH†† THEN YOU'RE REALLY HOT

 

WHAT IS LOVE?

WHEN YOU DIE

WHEN YOU LIVE WHEN YOU LOVE

LOVE LIVE†† DIE LOVE

 

††† ††READ MY MIND

††† IíM DEAD I'M ALIVE

††† IíM IN LOVE

††† READ MY WORDS

††† HEREíS MY NAME

†† WHATíS YOURS?

††† HEREíS THE PEN

††† WHOíS THAT GUY

††† HEíS SO YOUNG

††† HEíS NO PREACHER FOR ME

 

IíM PRAYINí FOR YOU T. FIRD

NEVER HATE BUT YOU HATE COWARDS

GOTTA GRIP GOTTA GRIP ON US

THATíS 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 In 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

COULDN'T 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

THATíS JUST THE WAY IT IS

IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN

 

THEREíS 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

 

IíM 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 PRAISEDHEAVEN TODAY

 

HAWK : I HAD THIS STROKE OF LOVE

WOLF : FROM HEAVEN BEYOND

OWL : SUNíS GOING UP†† MOONíS COMING DOWN

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Chimes

CHIMES OF THE OLD ASIA

I WAS TAKEN BY SURPRISE

WHEN A CRIPPLE WITH A HAMMER

MADE A FORK BECOME A KNIFE

 

IT WAS NOT TOO BAD†† IT WAS NOT TOO BAD

 

"CRIPES"! HE WAS NOT BEGGINí

WHEN THE KNIFE BECAME A SWORD

THE CHIMES WERE GETTIN' STRONGER

I WAS SPELLED I COULDN'T MOVE

 

IT WAS...

 

CHIMES OF THE OLD ASIA

I WAS CUT AND BLOWN AWAY

FAR BEYOND BELIEF YEAH

THEN HE (I) LAUGHED AND CALLED ME BACK

 

IT WAS...

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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 SUMMERíS 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

I'M 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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