Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The following is the text to an aria I am singing this semester. It's from The Medium. I scared myself the first time I sang it.

The sun has fallen and it lies in blood.
The moon is weaving bandages of gold.
Oh black swan,
Where, oh, where has my lover gone?
Torn and tattered is my bridal gown
And my lamp is lost.

With silver needles and with silver thread,
The stars stitch a shroud for the dying sun.
Oh black swan,
Where, oh , where is my lover gone?
I had given him a kiss of fire
And a golden ring.

Don't you hear your lover moan?
Eyes of glass and feet of stone
Shells for teeth and weeds for tongue
Deep, deep down in the river's bed
He's looking for the ring
Eyes wide open, never asleep
He's looking for the ring

The spools unravel and the needles break
The sun is buried and the stars weep.
Oh black wave,
Take me away with you
I will share with you my golden hair
And my bridal crown

Oh take me away with you
Take me down to my wandering lover
With my child unborn. . .


Anonymous Christine said...

Two years ago, a girl sang that aria from The Medium for our vocal music class in college. She was excellent, but it wasn't so much her voice as the song itself that stuck with me. Creepy as hell... asking about it, I was told that the character in The Medium (which I have never seen) who sings it is singing it to her aunt, or somesuch, as a lullaby. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If you know more about it, please enlighten me. =) For some reason, it still piques my interest.

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