Changing Opinion

Pols Saimons (Paul Simon)

Gradually
We became aware
Of a hum in the room
An electrical hum in the room
It went mmmmmm


We followed it from
Corner to corner
We pressed out ears
Against the walls
We crossed diagonals
And put our hands on the floor
It went mmmmmm


Sometimes it was
A murmur
Sometimes it was
A pulse
Sometimes it seemed
To disappear
But then with a quarter-turn
Of the head
It would roll around the sofa
A nimbus humming cloud
Mmmmmm


Maybe it's the hum
Of a calm refrigerator
Cooling on the big night
Mmmmmm
Cooling on the big night
Maybe it's the hum
Of our parents' voices
Long ago in a soft light
Mmmmmm
Long ago in a dimmed light
Mmmmmm


Maybe it's the hum
Of changing opinion
Or a foreign language
In prayer
Mmmmmm
Or a foreign language
In prayer
Maybe it's the mantra
Of the walls and wiring
Deep breathing
In soft air
Mmmmmm
Deep breathing
In soft air

 

Lightning

Sūzana Vega (Suzanne Vega)


Lightning struck a while ago
And it’s blazing much too fast
But give it rain of waiting time
And it will surely pass
Blow over


And it’s happening so quickly
As I feel the flaming time
And I grope about the embers
To relieve my stormy mind
Blow over


Shaken this has left me
And laughing and undone


With a blinding bolt of sleeplessness
That’s just begun
And a windy crazy running
Through the nights and through the days
And a crackling
Of the time burned away
Burned away
Now I feel it in my blood
All hot and sharp and white
With a whipcrack and a thunder
And a flash of flooding light


But there’ll be a thick and smoky
Silence in the air
When the fire finally dies
And I’m wondering who’ll be left there


In the ashes of time
Burned away

 

In Liquid Days

Deivids Bairns (David Byrne)


Oh round desire
Oh red delight
The river is blood
The time is spent


The river is blood
The time, the time is spent
Is spent


Love likes me
Love takes it shoes off and sits on the couch
Love has an answer for everything
Love smiles gently and crosses its legs


Well here we are
Sleep


Being in air
Turning to speak
Losing our way
Pour it all out


We are old friends
I offer love a beer
Love watches television


Love needs a bath
Love could use a shave
Love rolls out of the chair and wiggles on the floor
Jumps up
I'm laughing at love
I'm laughing at love


Drink me


Drive, Breaths, Drive,
Sleep


Why do you ask?
Still is the Night
It is much further
Than we thought


In liquid days
Land travels hard
Fly home daughter
Cover your ears


Fly home daughter
Cover your ears

 

Open the Kingdom

Deivids Bairns (David Byrne)


Days of fishes
Distant roar
Turning to speak
Turning to hear


Turning to speak
Turning to hear


Open the kingdom


In my way
Being most uncertain
And this remains


Still for better
Birds of voices
The field of living
I am asking


In my way
Being most uncertain
And this remains


Still for better
Birds of voices
The field of living
I am asking


Open the kingdom


Returning love
Returning with love
Then it was
Written with love
Returning love
Returning with love
Then it was
Written with love

 

Freezing

Sūzana Vega (Suzanne Vega)


If you had no name
If you had no history
If you had no words
If you had no family
If it were only you
Naked on the grass
Would you be then?
This is what he asked
And I said I wasn't really sure
But I would probably be ... cold
And now I'm freezing
Freezing

 

Forgetting

Laurija Andersone (Laurie Anderson)


A man wakes up to the sound of rain
From a dream about his lovers
Who pass through his room
They brush lightly by, these lovers
They pass. Never touching
These passing lovers move through his room
The man is awake now
He can't get to sleep again
So he repeats these words
Over and over again:
Bravery. Kindness. Clarity
Honesty. Compassion. Generosity
Bravery. Honesty. Dignity
Clarity. Kindness. Compassion