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the earth was born a frozen bitter twin of light a mouth full of nasty tasting to wake a sleeping everlasting & give the fallen falling & send the fliers flying into the mouth the word to quiet into the mind the rifle diet & all the horses of the moon drag both night & day & as the clouds of eyes awoke I heard the magpie say: that "everyone talks of love ever since yr tale began why can't you face the fact it's never going to be perfect little miracle little miracle tell Annie to come over I'm like...'the snow is falling the beautiful is not forgotten.'" & all the horses... "everyone talks of love so you fail to raise the dawn still you made me, my dear, as if the dawn was already here so...sing all contagious & bring yr love machine I'm just a pool of tears to build the timeless sea." "everyone talks of love while the mother of all the world holds out her hands to you another chance to win to lose what did we do babe? to spin the earth so madly? to succeed to miserably? you who I love so dearly?"
sad song 05:14
hear the hummingbird in my window staring straight at me say: "get yr guitar boy & sing me into pretty poetry." We are flutter flashing red inside our heart's memory everybody knows life comes & life goes but still I'm so sad today getting lucky as a glimmer in yr star-shaped ring of the miracle 10,000 ways I sing like a guru like a pretty girl that changes everything everybody knows love comes & love goes but still I'm so sad today what was that clever thing I told to you only yesterday? it slips my mind now but I know it won't do me much good today I thought the bird was free but no one gives the answer away. everybody knows light comes & light goes but still I'm so sad today.
down by the water's edge some coins tossed a secret given just between you & me tossed with some old wish that sparkled-up the water's surface wave-tossed & already free & now we sleep now we reply & now the dream slips off again I say yr lovely I love you & some other things how will I see you my friend? you say: "we will struggle & struggle for the beginning but O how we'll love the end!" & now we sleep... some days are so beautiful you wander 'round singing songs feel the world down to yr bones the next day yr stumbling & mumbling all the wrong things feeling so crazy alone & some days are just perfect love for spilling beans & naming names stung like a bee on the vine but, today just feels broken love fear rains & murder won & I know it ain't yours & mine. & now we sleep... I took an old song a lost song a broken song & spun all the old words around to sing about everything & nothing & what's in-between just to get lost in the sound.
th' sailor leads us through the liquid bamboo light music echoes in my ears an old man appears in the water warning all: "you eat the cow yr eating fear." you disappeared in the diag late one night we looked & looked for you for hours the police wanted to know everybody's name I said my name was 'purple flowers.' it was all so spirally & everything was so new you see that I've forgotten what was me & what was you blow home on the wind boys! blow home on the wind! finding ourselves in the music machine five bands for only five dollars fucking amazing they can sing & play so well going home to study yr 'toots' records. it was all so spirally... I wonder if I told you everything I wonder if I even tried staying up for years in the O.C. coastal haze where yr not supposed to lie.
foolish moon 05:41
foolish moon yr secrets all got said now yr broken heart is tucked in bed were you just too old? did she tell you yr so faraway? so unlike you friend to blame the stars but hey... here we are in a day as dark as any night roll time roll through our play & bring the truth to light. round & round like a pretty little song a summer day's too short a winter night's too long I went to see you yr belly full of hours tangled up in new & head to toe in flowers here we are... (bridge): when I became so frustrated I wept outside yr door: "I just can't call these mother-fuckers mother-fuckers anymore." so we became to see we did what we had to see that shining sparkling grace that smile upon yr face. Bobby D. in the kitchen slipping into world cup girls I love you roller-coaster even when you make hurl so we became to see... & now you leave no sweet good-byes my waning eloquence still bathed in pearly-blue you can disappear but I'll never be alone now the smallest thing a giant mind of its own. here we are...
I placed a star upon yr name & I was born into the wind & beauty was an endless flame I loved you now I loved you then O longing longing ecstasy O train into the west now something is revealed to me now something sweet is lost. the little girl all filled with light a morning bright a morning clear has wandered out into the night a morning clear a morning bright O longing longing long lost O heart into the east as tiny as a coin to toss as giant as the trees. when all the little kings & queens have squandered & destroyed this place we'll sing into the setting sun has lit a fire upon our face O longing... I placed a star upon yr name one hand for light one hand for love & sang for pretty Orion who waits so patiently above. O longing...
song for the listener (free) 04:17
something strange in the hood they kill the body but they cannot touch the blood we left a fortune on the shore O listener come close enough to see there is another world too beautiful to be. find the moon above yr door will we talk about the weather evermore? I heard yr name called out the other day. O listener... I felt the tides inside of you clear from moonlight's to the pool at valley view as the heavens were with no blame. O listener...
the people became so numerous O lover can you hear? that all the gods got all depressed O lover can you hear? this was the most terrible mess how day becomes the night I want to sing into the mess then I run away to meet you you know yr always on my list O mother can you hear? then drink some wine go out & piss O mother can you hear? the wise fools the kitchen circus how night becomes the day I want to bring you some of this O I born born blind again I'm follow folloowing you my friends & there is no army that can stop this miracle of lovers today. pies in the sky pies down below O father can you hear? we learn to fly or something close O father can you hear? pretty girls & holy ghosts how day becomes the night I want to find us some of those then I run away to meet you & then we rise up everywhere O daughter can you hear? & I'm so glad that you are there O daughter can you hear? birds' nests & mermaids in the air how night becomes the day I want to find you everywhere O I... born blind blind again... the guitar blows the trumpet plays O brother can you hear? see how the superflux amaze O brother can you hear? I want to jump out of these days how day becomes the night I want to get out of my way my way my way my way to meet you & then I stumbled metaphorically O sister can you hear? & then I stumbled actually O sister can you hear? that rainy night that old movie I came all wet & late but I'm never late to meet you... born born blind again...
wings like a butterfly mouth full of june I ignored all warnings & flew to the moon the knife & the fork & the spoon were all there we cut up the king & we braided the air peace...where could you be? held in a dream...so real to me now all of my magic powers are gone beneath the high wire I watched from the stairs with wings made of fire you danced through the air we blew on our horns with a music so sweet when nobody listened we rolled up the street O peace...where did you go? held in a dream so long ago now all of my magic powers are gone now the beach is deserted the water's too cold I winked at the moon & I said: "don't get old!" I crept through yr garden & climbed up yr hair but I was mistaken you weren't even there... O peace where could you be...?
gentlemen observe the infrastructure all my aches aching all my hearts breaking into song again out of every big & small adventure eyes like astronauts dream forget-me-knots turn into song again & you never want to be the only one something sweet is ending something sweet's begun greetings to the tree of you stolen laughing lines friendly intertwines turn into songs again & all that sleeping next to you so unclear to me but O so dear to me we reach for songs again & you never want to be the only one something true is her & something true is gone gentlemen observe how light is buzzing & breath turns waterfalls when beauty hurts us all we reach for songs again & every little cause of me my heart beats so alive in spite of all this nation jive we reach for songs again & you never want to be the only one something true is ending something true is begun lover what brings you here? all my roofs leaking all my bed squeaking into songs again
dreams dreams to fill yr head winter comes & dreams instead night whispers no reply nightwhithered you & I in all the lifetimes we held so fast in all the lessons that we lost night whispers no reply nightwhithered you & I so fly away without another word to some forgiven tranquil shore come winter when all awaits the new I'll see you again my father kissed me on the ear then waved goodbye & disappeared night whispers no reply nightwhithered you & I we come & go that's nothing new we're spring's green leaves & suannee too night whispers no reply nightwhithered you & I so now the secret's out my dear we fly to heaven then fall to earth come winter when all awaits the new I'll see you again.
yr tears were golden light upon my hand you sang the heavens floated on the sea when beauty rears its ugly head when every rain drops misery under heaven the thunder rolls its messages in shadows hid don't waste away yr wind you were only born to follow who hides the night? who rides the wind? who rings the bells of happiness? whose one invention is the end? whose wheel brings nothing whose wheel brings death under heaven... we poured our blood into the fields & left with nothing but the air we could not eat yr promises & starve to death while no one cares in yr voice I disappear & I am held like blood is held this is the place where jesus fell & yr only born to follow arise arise yr work is done the fields are buried with the dead & now it looks like no one won some dreams awaken some dreams are dead under heaven the thunder rolls its messages in shadows hid don't waste away yr wind you were only born to follow.


released August 24, 2005

Recorded at studio B Questa, NM spring 2005 by
Jeff Davenport, David Costanza & Larry Yes
Produced by Art of Flying & Jamie Smith.
mastered by Ben Wright at SoundConstruction, NM.


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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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