Pinwheel of Death

The Rutgers University Glee Club


SONGS

Writers William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein

Genres Classical, Choral

Recorded 2002

Lyrics ACCORDING TO THE MIND
OF THE WIND
A CHIME CAME WINGING
FROM A CHURCH
THAT PAOLO HAD ANOINTED
WITH OIL PAINT:
THE RING RANG
THROUGH THE VALLEY
LULLING
THE TIRED TOWN.
THE SAINT WHISPERED,
WHISPER AVE MARIA:
YOU ARE A BIRD
BY CRUEL MEN BLINDED,
YOU HUNT THE SUN,
THAT BRIGHT BIRD,
THOUGH YOU ARE THE BIRD,
UCCELLO,
AND THE SKY IS YOURS.
THE SAINT LEFT
BY WAY OF THE GRASS
BENDING NO GRASS.
END OF MIRACLE,
BEGINNING OF MIRACLE.
A DOVE ARRIVES
SOFTLY IT FLITS
TO THE NECK
OF PAOLO THE BIRD,
LIKE A PAT OF BREEZE,
AND THEN FROM FIELD,
FOREST,
GARDEN,
BIRDS FLEW
TO PAOLO'S FEET,
HIS SHOULDERS,
HIS HEAD,
HIS BREATH.
THEN THEY FLEW
TO THE DISAPPEARING SAINT,
LEAVING THE OLD PAINTER
CONTENT WITH THE BIRDS
OF HIS PAINT.