garden of earthly delights

by Art Of Flying

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released April 4, 2002

recorded at studio B Questa, NM spring 2002 by Larry Yes & David Costanza.
Produced by Larry Yes & Art of Flying.
mastered by Andy Salamone.

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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: timeawakeness
& now yr great & mighty king has got no clothes
& neither does the queen
the windows blow out the buildings explode
& everybody screams
bring yr promise ring of time
timeawakeness

the sky-less night was raining cats & dogs
no one believed a word
you came to me my little heart & asked me why
must there always be a war?

bring bring...

I pictured you dear heart all framed in joy
when pleasure won the day
our little dance too soon becomes the world
what do we wish to be?

bring bring...
Track Name: blow away
waking in the world of wonder
looking for my sense of humor
blow away

amidst the flowers I couldn't be
amidst the grace I couldn't see
blow away

there is no tomorrow
find yr joy inside of sorrow
blow away

in every color every speech we make

I'm pretty as the velvet bee
LOOK! yr arms are full of me
blow away

I am the bird & his illusion
I am yr friend amidst confusion
blow away

we'll wrestle through our nervous systems
leap out of the world's disaster
blow away

with every whisper every tear we make
with every inch of light our hearts just break
& break

you make a present from a flame
you hold my hand & ask my name
blow away

I say my name is in yr eyes
& bounce around in yr surprise
blow away

for every color every lover's sake
for every inch of light our hearts just break

into heaven's favorite song
& how we sing along is
heaven's perfect song

I do not know where yr lips end
I do not know where mine begin
blow away

I do not know where yr world ends
I do not know where mine begins
blow away

waking in the world reflected
in the eyes of my beloved
blow away
Track Name: small gift
small gift was set afloat
I hoped that you would find it
it was wrapped in leaves & twine
a simple cord

that was long ago & this is still so long ago
hunkered down in the final reel
our bodies slumbered-in & love
was all we suffered

I wait in brocade
I wait but you do not come
two bows length two journeys wide
divided by the rain that holds both our eyes

that was long ago this is still so long ago
hunkered down we fiddled
while our bodies slumbered in &
love was what we found

small gift was set afloat
I hoped that you would find it...
Track Name: drift drift
drift drift little heart upon the ocean
drift drift drift apart that you might see
I am going to change my way of knowing

once difficult as bird song merely
as difficult as we

sorrow sorrow you pretty little bird
we fixed the race but the rest remained
an endless rocking a million ways of going

once intricate as bird song merely
as intricate as we

dream dream you found me in a dream dear
yr strange warning whispered in my ear
I recognized you there's nothing else to say here

once beautiful as bird song merely
as beautiful as we
Track Name: tomorrow
I leaned ny back against an oak
I thought it was a trusty tree
& first it bent & then it broke
my true love had forsaken me
my dream of peace could not come true
the wind had swept our hearts away
& so I sing this song to you
tomorrow blows us all away

my lady asks: "Love have you looked?"
& I replied, "my dear, what for?
you cannot find love in a book."
"Then shall we go & look some more?"
we laughed at birds their cries of doom
we laughed at gardens wet with rain
we chased an owl up to the moon
tomorrow steals us all away.

now all the world cries: "Let me Go
you must remember what they say
tomorrow brings the fields with snow"
there must be something I can say
yr lavender is in my hands
& rosemary is far away
tomorrow turns the stars to sand
tomorrow takes us all away.
Track Name: no one remembers
you & I were dancing
I was young again
I wished the world was different then
one to remind you
one to keep you from falling
but no one sees it all

in every mouth sings
the same old tune
in every blinking of the moon
will you know me?
will you call out to me?
when no on hears

the way you hold me
& call me friend
the way you spit me out again
one will remember one will fall
but no one remembers it all
Track Name: air
when my love awakes fair to see
the marigolds we stretched as a bridge
between two dreams
will she fly away will she kiss the moon?
will our our dreams so beautiful be seen?

when my love awakes in the world
whose daughters are both pearl & the cold
unending sea
will she drown me there in a perfect song?
will all our words so beautiful be seen?

O love what have you found for me today?
strange, tears strung from the stars
to guide us homeward
when we live forever beware
when all the waking world becomes
air
Track Name: broken moon
broken moon so far away
gray the color of my love today
here I wandered here I stay
gray the color of my memory
if you want to come just say the word

broken heart so far away
black the color of my love today
if I tried I could not say
black the color of my memory
if you want to come just say the word

broken world so far away
white the color of my love today
like the snow that melts away
white the color of my memory
if you want to come just say the word
Track Name: goodbye too soon
will you comfort me little petals of blue?
will you open the difference between the old & the new?

when my heart was a curse
when my fingers were small
you sang when the bow breaks
the cradle will fall

& we drown in our tears & it's nobody's fault
if we stumble together like we're made out of salt
& if I held you forever beneath the full moon
it is always goodbye too soon

will you walk with me little petals of gold?
will we dance with our children
while our story gets told?

when yr heart was a curse
when yr fingers were small
I sang when the bow breaks
the cradle will fall

& it's winter now & the stars disappear
& the story you gave me blows sweet through my ears
& if I held you forever beneath the full moon
it is always goodbye too soon.
Track Name: garden of earthly delights
& the sun was going down
police men were mopping up the town
& as our children lay there dying
smiling faces stood there lying to us
now all my crying seems like a waste of time
like worrying if the sun would never shine
you are everything to miss
shut my mouth up with yr kiss

& please take this heart from me & run
I will get another one
from the beauty of the night
& though I will die without yr touch
that's not saying very much
in a garden of earthly delights.

I just tried to live at peace with the world
I fell in love with two beautiful girls
bring my rhyming dictionary
send the screaming guitar fairies
& let the springtime blow the seeds
& let our hearts refuse to plow
there's a reason to believe
even if I can't explain it now

& PLEASE take this heart from me & go
there is something else to know
of the beauty of the night
& though I will die without yr kiss
there is more to love than this
in a garden of earthly delights


all my bodies & my branches
just went raging through their fences
they told me all my dreams are weightless
yet they hurl me like a freight-train
I took yr words into the trees
I made it springtime I made them the leaves
though the snow was spiraling round me
though our hearts were sleeping soundly

& please take this heart from me & run
I will get another one
from the beauty of the night
& THOUGH I will die without yr kiss
there is more to love than this
in a garden of earthly delight.