Musical Aphorisms

the fish that tried to eat the moon - Robert Stone
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the fish that tried to eat the moon 

(Inspired by a painting of Peter van Straten.)

too much gold - Robert Stone
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walking through this field of gold

(Dedicated to our summer walks
through fields of gold.)

I won't need more than this - Robert Stone
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I won't need more than this

I won't need more than this

than the blue blue sky, 

than the yellow yellow sun,

than the fresh fresh wind,

than to feel the breeze tonight.

don't be misled - Robert Stone
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dove sei - Robert Stone
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where are you

a story, a question:

where are you

in your world, in your life

and his heart was trembling

did not know how to speak

did not know where to go

after all those years

after all those stories

no longer wanting to flee

no longer wanting to disappear

(inspired by Martin Buber's Il Cammino dell’ uomo)

the crossing - Robert Stone
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the crossing

let me cross over, over to your side

let me cross over, be fluent as light

let me cross over, and share the sun

let me cross over, what have we done

what have we done ...

someone's always on the run

someone's always someone's son

chasing the sun, chasing the sun ...

don't be misled by the sound of a falling star

between two shores - Robert Stone
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between two shores

Some calls just never make it through.  

The line breaks up while the weeping fades.

And a crackling nestles in our ears,

as we put down the phone and disappear.

And alone and separate we remain, 

as we cradle the shame of a sudden loss.  

And we move, we move between two shores. 

And we move, we move between two homes.

scava - Robert Stone
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to arrive - Robert Stone
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to arrive

after all these years

I still wonder, babe

what it's like to arrive

 

after all these years

I still wonder, babe

what it's like to be home

 

to be home

sheltered from the storm

to be home

liberta - Robert Stone
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another day - Robert Stone
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another day

keep those dragons underground

come and look what I have found

there’s no need to run away

there’s a way to turn and stay

no need to be, to be alone

no need to turn, to turn to stone

winter comes and winter goes

watch the river how it flows

there’s always a way, another day

just say, what you need to stay

trilogy - Robert Stone
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trilogy

 

I took this picture of you and me

and I cut it slowly into three

and I made of it a trilogy

a drama of note for all to see

a drama of note for all to see

no hiding place - Robert Stone
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no hiding place

 

so I went to the rock to hide my face

the rock cried out: there is no hiding place

no rest from the chase

 

the rock cried out: I am burning 

I am burning too just like you

I am burning just like you

 

(lyrics in parts based on an African-American spiritual)

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