an eye full of lamp

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released March 3, 2000

recorded at the BARN recorder spring 1998-spring 2000
by David Costanza & Anne Speroni.
mastered at Coast Reccorder by Dan Alexander.
digital editing by Andy Solamone.

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Art of Flying is the songs of David Costanza & Anne Speroni set to music by an ever-changing cast of talented co- conspiritors. Their songs are hazy & beautiful, content to balance contradictions: critics calling them at first "clear & bright" & then in the next sentence, "creaky & weird;" Italian magazine BLOW-UP called them "the best-kept secret in American music of the new century." ... more

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Track Name: morning star
I saw the morning star upon a window-sill
as the world began
I saw the voice of sunrise the wind would listen
& I followed them
what I heard did anger me so
I ate it up like straw

now the sun don't disappear at night
& a heart don't really break, child
ring around the water ring around the moon
till little voices wake us

I heard the voice of sickness the angels bleating
the angels fall
I heard three marys sing to me
that the truth awaits us all
what I heard did anger me so
I whispered night into the stars

now the sun...


I dreamed the shore you made of me
our final resting place destroyed in fire
I dreamed the powerful steal a grace
& sew a death upon us all
what I dreamed did anger me so
I threw my voice into the sea

now the sun...

now the sun's a dog the fragile lover spins me round
& asks me for what I've seen
now the son she hated is the ghost
that's speaking this tale through me
what I heard did anger me so
I flew away & night just fell

now the sun...
Track Name: singing bird
inside two simultaneous possibilities
inside the reason you are here
inside yr heart where I have gone &
I have stayed & I have left you
with yr singing
singing bird

I went to see the milky-way
where the stove-pipe rattles
& spits its ashes out
I floated round yr yellow
hair & yr red hair
I went to see & I have gone &
I have stayed & I have
left you with yr singing
singing bird

we are no center of the world
death finds us with or without a homeland
I find you everywhere I've gone &
I have stayed & I have
left you with yr singing
singing bird

inside our homes this sunken treasure
inside the center that we've moved
inside yr rattles I have gone &
I have stayed & I have left you
with yr singing
singing bird

inside two simultaneous possibilities
inside the reason we are here
inside yr heart where I have gone
& I have stayed & I will listen
to you singing
singing bird.
Track Name: lucia
lucia descended from her house in heaven
brighter than the star of day
said: "cover these eyes of innocence
descended, if you past help have strayed."

lucia tell me what I'm doing here
you tell it prettier than I
I isn't peter & I isn't paul
I fear yr water & yr fire.

lucia called for my feet to follow
to a place 1000 days away,
"but who will deem me? who will fill me?
I isn't worthy anyway."

lucia kissed my eyes one time
& my head became on fire,
"how can you ask me what will fill you
when fill you all the world conspires?"

she carried me up to the heavens dead
she carried me back alive once more
but all my fears they returned to me
& I was hungrier than before.
Track Name: really outta flown
in a sacred manner once I lived once
over heaven gazed
I had a hundred horses once
now I wonder what is sacred

I asked for help from whose hope love
over what i am right now
I am a long line of deer

you really outta flown by now

I watch the sun go setting down
on the rails & the ribbony highway
nothing looks like buffalo no more
just ugly electric wires

now my thoughts are full of trees right now
my head is full of birds i love...
a head full of birds

you really outta flown by now

now this winter of discontent
the moon of popping trees
in a season of water lies
a continent on the edge of disease
but my tongue is in the mouth right now
of a very good friend of mine right now
who told me so

you really outta flown by now

how long since we've seen you here
abandoned on yr land?

now this ugly lineage found us
from stonewall jackson to fermi
this india was for dreamers once
now the atmosphere's on fire
maybe now there's hell enough here
to put these generals in my love
(evil prevailed in 1942)

you really outta flown by now
Track Name: fish will fly
the fish were flying the flowers of may
curses, blue come kiss me like I was really something
we had plenty we let them fly away

cut away the colors of the night
bring me back a final chance for light
the wind is home

the fish were building a house in heaven
what seems strange is what we're given
we had plenty we let them fly away

cut away the colors of the night
give me back a final chance for light
the wind is home

the long awaited ones we gathered these
like a dream of water dreams of peace
between us shores of the happy fades away

cut away the colors of the night
bring me back a final chance for light
the wind is home

the fish were flying the flowers of may
curses blue come kiss me like I was really something
we had plenty we let them fly away.
Track Name: the master is asleep
we cannot know anothers troubles
but look how bright the stars are
silent to those who would be silent
when evening came around we were startled

run away the darkness blows the horn
& the master is asleep & can't be woken

equivalent to everything
"equal to our words," you'd say
"the flowers will return again
in april or in may."

run away...

how can I lose you now
when we are exactly the same?
my sister she goes running from the barn
"what's this there's two of everything?"

run away...
Track Name: human types
human types a maze of deer's-eye-view
bird song is everywhere
may I cross yr dream-ladder please?
will the train of sadness run or rise?
upon me rise
that we could rise
above this all.

how you float in beauty above the sky
a feet impossible at yr side
dip into the dark mess of the matter
yr feet yr hands the source of water
rise...

world upon the world's impenetrable head
world upon a flock of blue-birds
dream of dreams come fly & tell me where we're led
down amongst the heart's riddle we
rise

we're the first to drink upon this well
we the last are surely silent
from an artificial star we watch
ourselves become forgotten
rise...