Pinwheel of Death

William Bolcom


SONGS

Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical

Recorded 2004

Lyrics Poem by Emily Dickinson:

THE BUSTLE IN A HOUSE
THE MORNING AFTER DEATH
IS SOLEMNEST OF INDUSTRIES
ENACTED UPON EARTH -
THE SWEEPING UP THE HEART
AND PUTTING LOVE AWAY
WE SHALL NOT WANT
TO USE AGAIN
UNTIL ETERNITY.
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical

Recorded 2004

Lyrics Text by Richard Tillinghast:

WHAT WIND,
WHAT IRONIC WIND
BLOWS YOU TO MY DOOR
IN THIS RAINY
CALIFORNIA WEATHER?
SIT DOWN WITH ME
BY THE FIRE --
LETS UNTANGLE
THE YEARS TOGETHER.

KISSES AND MISHAPS,
THAT SUMMER
ON THE COSTA DEL NOWHERE --
CROSSTOWN AND DOWNTOWN,
THE TWO OF US
IN SEPARATE TAXIS
GOING SOMEWHERE.

MAYBE THE MOON
IS IN CONJUNCTION
WITH SOME WANDERING PLANET.
THE TIMING OF YOUR VISITS
JUST AWFUL BUT EXQUISITE.
DON'T ASK ME TO EXPLAIN.

YOUR VOICE WARMS LIKE BRANDY,
POUR ME A SNIFTER.
ITS BEEN AGES,
OLD STRANGER,
SINCE IVE HEARD
YOUR LAUGHTER.
LEAVE THOSE REGRETS
AT THE DOOR.

KISSES AND MISHAPS,
THAT SUMMER
ON THE COSTA DEL NOWHERE --
MY TOWN AND YOUR TOWN,
THE TWO OF US
GOING SOMEWHERE --

OR ARE WE GOING
TO THE COSTA DEL NOWHERE?
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical

Recorded 2004

Lyrics Text by May Swenson:

WHEN I LOOK AT THE TIME,
IT TELLS ME THE DATE,
THE SPEED OF MY PULSE,
MY HEIGHT,
MY WEIGHT.
IT TELLS ME HOW FAST
IM RUNNING,
HOW STRAIGHT.
IT TELLS ME MY BALANCE,
THE DIVIDEND RATE.
IT TELLS ME MY BIRTHDAY,
MY LICENSE PLATE.
- ITS A WONDERFUL WATCH!

SUPPOSE IM IN LONDON
AND WANT TO KNOW
WHAT TIME IT IS
IN KOKOMO?
THE WEATHER IN MIAMI
OR MAINE,
HOW MUCH SUN
OR HOW MUCH RAIN?
THE NAME
OF THE DAILY DOUBLE
TO WIN?
WHETHER BLACK OR RED
IS THE NUMBER TO SPIN?
ALL I NEED TO DO
IS LOOK AT THE TIME.
ITS ELEGANT,
NEAT,
THE SIZE OF A DIME.
- ITS A WONDERFUL WATCH!

IT TELLS ME MY SHOE
AND MY COLLAR SIZE.
IT TELLS ME THE COLOR
OF MY EYES.
IF IM LOST IN THE WOODS
IT TELLS ME NORTH,
PHASES OF THE MOON
AND TIDE,
AND SO FORTH.
IT TELLS ME
HOW HOT I AM,
OR COLD.
IT TELLS ME
ILL NEVER,
NEVER GROW OLD.
- ITS A WONDERFUL WATCH!

DOES IT TELL
WHEN THE WORLD ENDS
AND WHEN DID IT START?
DOES IT SHOW
HOW TO WIND UP
A BROKEN HEART?
WELL,
THATS IN THE WORKS,
AND OF COURSE,
ITS TRUE
THERES STILL
TO BE ADDED
A GADGET OR TWO,
TO WARN OF EARTHQUAKE,
VOLCANO,
OR WAR,
AND HOW LONG THE SUN
WILL EXIST AS A STAR.
- YES,
ITS A WONDERFUL WATCH!
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical, Instrumental

Recorded 2000

Lyrics [Instrumental]
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical, Instrumental

Recorded 1989

Lyrics [Instrumental]
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Standard, Classical, Instrumental, Americana

Recorded 1970

Lyrics [Instrumental]
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical

Recorded 2004

Lyrics Text by George Montgomery:

I REMEMBER
BEING
IN YOUR ARMS,
BUT IT IS NOT
YOU OR ME
I REMEMBER.
IT IS
MY ARMS
REMEMBERING
YOUR ARMS.
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Standard, Classical, Children-Novelty, Food

Recorded 2005

Lyrics spoken throughout - pitches ad lib:
LADIES,
THE MINUTES
WILL SOON BE READ TODAY,
THE GARDEN CLUB
AND WEAVING CLASS
IM SURE HAVE MUCH TO SAY...
BUT NEXT WEEK
IS OUR CULTURE NIGHT,
OUR BIGGEST,
BEST EVENT,
AND IVE JUST MADE A DISH
FOR IT
YOU'LL ALL FIND HEAVEN SENT!

ITS MY LIME JELLO MARSHMALLOW COTTAGE CHEESE SURPRISE
WITH SLICES OF PIMENTO,
YOU WONT BELIEVE YOUR EYES,
ALL TOPPED WITH A PINEAPPLE RING
AND A DASH OF MAYONNAISE,
MY VANILLA WAFERS
ROUND THE EDGE
WILL WIN YOUR HIGHEST PRAISE.
AND MISSUS JONES
IS MAKING SCONES
THAT ARE FILLED
WITH PEANUT MOUSSE
TO BE FOLLOWED
BY A CHICKEN MOLD
THAT'S MADE
IN THE SHAPE
OF A GOOSE.
FOR LADIES
WHO MUST WATCH THOSE POUNDS
WE'VE FOUND A SPECIAL DISH:
STRAWBERRY ICE
ENSHRINED IN RICE
WITH BITS OF TUNA FISH.
AND MY LIME JELLO MARSHMALLOW COTTAGE CHEESE SURPRISE
TRULY A CREATION
THAT DESCRIPTION DEFIES
WILL GO SO WELL
WITH MISSUS BELL'S
CREATION OF THE WEEK:
SHRIMP SALAD
TOPPED WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE
AND GARNISHED WITH A LEEK.
AND MISSUS PERKINS
WALNUT LOAF
THAT'S CROWNED
WITH MELTED CHEESE
WAS SUCH A HIT
LAST CULTURE NIGHT,
WE ASK:
NO SECONDS PLEASE!
NOW YOU MUST TRY
HER HOT DOG PIE
WITH CANDIED MUSHROOM SLICES...
THOSE LADIES
WHO RESIGNED LAST YEAR,
THEY JUST DON'T KNOW
WHAT NICE IS!

BUT MY LIME JELLO MARSHMALLOW COTTAGE CHEESE SURPRISE,
I DID NOT STEAL THAT RECIPE,
ITS LIES,
I TELL YOU,
LIES!

OUR GRAND AWARD:
A PICTURE HAT
AND A SALMON SEQUINED GOWN
FOR ANY GIRL
WHO TRIES EACH DISH
AND KEEPS HER WHOLE LUNCH DOWN.

I'M SURE YOU ALL ARE WAITING
FOR THE BIGGEST NEWS:
DESERT!
WE'VE THOUGHT OF THINGS
IN MOLDS AND RINGS
YOUR DIET TO SUBVERT.
YOU MUST TRY
OUR CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE
ON A PEANUT BRITTLE BASE
WITH SLICES OF BANANAS
THAT MAKE A FUNNY FACE.
AROUND THE EDGES PEPPERMINTS
JUST SWIMMING IN PEACH CUSTARD,
WITH LOVELY LITTLE CURLICUES
OF LOVELY YELLOW MUSTARD!
IF ALL THIS
IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU,
PERMIT ME TO ADVISE
MORE LIME JELLO MARSHMALLOW COTTAGE CHEESE SURPRISE!
IVE MADE HEAPS!
Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical, Instrumental

Recorded 1994

Lyrics [Instrumental]
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