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what the magpie said

from asifyouwerethesea by Art Of Flying

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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?"


from asifyouwerethesea, released August 24, 2005


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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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