Pinwheel of Death

Carole Farley


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

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, Arnold Weinstein

Genres Classical

Recorded 2004

Lyrics WHEN WE BUILT THE CHURCH
IT WAS WHITE AND NEW.
WE SANG,
HELLO GOD,
BE NICE TO US.
LOOK AT THE FUSS
WE MAKE OVER YOU.
AND THE DOVES,
THE DOVES WITH SHINY WINGS
FLEW OVER THE CROSS
AND THINGS.

WHEN WE BUILT THE STEEPLE,
IT ROSE STRAIGHT AND TRUE.
WE SANG,
HELLO GOD,
BE NEAR TO US.
LOOK AT THE FUSS
WE MADE OVER YOU.
AND THE ANGELS,
THE ANGELS WITH SHINY WINGS
FLEW OVER THE CROSS
AND THINGS.

AND THEN
WE STAINED THE WINDOWS,
DID YOUR PORTRAIT TOO.
WE SANG,
HELLO GOD,
APPEAR TO US,
WE COULDN'T FIND
A PHOTO OF YOU.
AND THE AIRPLANES,
THE AIRPLANES' SHINY WINGS
FLEW ABOVE THE CROSS
AND THINGS.

OH, THEY BOMBED THE CHURCH
THOUGH THEY LOVE YOU TOO.
HELLO GOD,
REMEMBER US,
REMEMBER THE FUSS
WE MADE OVER YOU?
ACH,
THE BATS,
THE BATS
WITH THEIR FILTHY WINGS.

HELLO GOD,
HELLO GOD,
HELLO GOD,
ARE YOU TIRED TOO?