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wild_corgi

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Lyrics Anna's songs in Der Sandmann
« on: May 06, 2017, 04:58:22 PM »
As promised in the Anna Performances threads, here's the lyrics from the songs Anna contributed to the Robert Wilson production Der Sandmann.

I've copied these out from the programme, and I think there could be one typo in the programme right at the end.

Not only is this the first time Anna has ventured into the theatre, this is the first time her lyrics have been printed. And so, here they are, including I Whip the Night, whose words completely baffled us on first hearing.

THERE WILL BE A HORROR
Come on lay me down in the hurricane
We're gonna dance insane in the pouring rain
We're gonna crash and burn to the incoming train

There'll be a horror
Oh God I want ya
Let's get ungodlier
There'll be a horror

Dream on

I'm gonna find a fire I'm gonna make it mine
On a rainy night shine a light in my eye

There'll be a horror
Oh God I want ya
Let's get ungodlier
There'll be a horror

Gimme a shimmy, cause I'm feeling lucky

Dream on

Cause I'm feeling lucky


SUNDAY LIGHT
Boy in amber on the stairs
Sunday light through his hair
Casts a shadow on the wall
Deep and dark

Open window in your room
WIth your heroes ion the wall
When you cry to the moon
Don't get lost

Sunday light
All along the night


SURRENDER
We swim out under the stars
All the secrets that lie under the dark
I am not afraid

Under the sheets the waves of white
Just go back to your sleep your dreams and your life
I am not afraid

Just surrender to the wave
Surrender to it all
No fear under the oil
Surrender to it all

We rise high
Higher than the wind
And alone with the stars

Just surrender to the wave
Surrender to it all
No fear under the oil
Surrender to it all


SANDMAN SONG

You want a piece of history?
Well, come kiss me

Come down, it's so late
Come feel, the dark air
In the light, heavenly creatures
Their destiny, oh woe is me
I'm so fine, I'm so alive
Come take me, and take me home

You bring the sugar, and I'll bring the leather
Sleep on sleep on
Sleep on sleep on

Sleep on, I'll bring the leather



TRUE LIES
That's the breath
That's the rise
That's a life
We roll the dice

That's the dance
That's it all
Now I'm gonna make you mine

That's the tear
On the boardwalk
That's the kiss
On the boulevard

That's the dance
That's it all
Now I'm gonna make you mine



I SEE A DEATH IN YOUR EYES

I see a death in your eyes

I am the embers that fall
Into a fiery storm
Into a circle of flames
I hear you call my name

I see a death in your eyes


I WHIP THE NIGHT

I whip the night
Dream on, dream on

I skip the day
I sweat the night
I fan the flame
I still the storm
I bite the bite
I dive the dream
I crush the cream and then I

I whip the night

I beat the day
I rip the knave
I beat the sheet
I wet the wave
I shoot the plume
I shoot the moon
I crack the day and then I

I whip the night

I feel alone and in the dark you should have known it
That the lion bites the lion
With your pseudo liberation of a pseudo libido

I whip the night

All my wonder
All exploding
I am throwing
ALl exploding Limbs unfolding
I'm exploding out

Dream on
I whip the night


THE HURRICANE

The hurricane the hurricane the hurricane the hurricane

Here it comes the hurricane
Cemetery angels a silver chain
Purple leaves on the ground
Feel the heat it's coming down

Ash to ash
Bone to bone
Flesh to flesh communion
In my blood
Feel it surge
Fevered fevered words

Through the hours and through the waves I wandered here alone
Flesh to flesh, bone to bone
Your love will turn me into
A real boy

The hurricane the hurricane the hurricane the hurricane

So here it comes the hurricane
We're Glenn Close and Louis Lane
We're Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg
We're heavenly creatures, we're firebirds

Ash to ash
Bone to bone
Flesh to flesh communion
In my blood
Feel it surge
Fevered fevered words

Through the hours and through the waves I wandered here alone
Flesh to flesh, bone to bone
Your love will turn me into
A real boy
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Louis Lane or Lois Lane: I think there's a typo and it should be Lois, but can somebody please confirm later?

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Re: Lyrics Anna's songs in Der Sandmann
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 06:50:20 PM »
Dear Welsh Corgi: well, what a revelation! Thank you. Re the probably typo: yes, it probably is - Lois Lane as a commit book heroine, perhaps linking to Jasper Johns and Rauschenberg as 'pop art' figures. However, acompuser/conductorcalled Louis Lane died last year...

More widely, on the lyrics, and of course we have to bear to n mind that these were written for a stage play, butmaybeit's possible to see here Anna's interest in bed, and sleeping, and her intimate, one-to-one framing of songs. There's maybe a road here, as in I'll Be Your Man...Also, maybe, Anna's interest in weather,particularly rain and hurricanes and nighttime...death (ash to ash- if  not Bowie!) ... trains (Carry me Over) etc.

Anyway, who knows!

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Re: Lyrics Anna's songs in Der Sandmann
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 09:01:07 AM »
Sorry! Spell check or something went wild with my last. It should of course be "comic book",  "composer" etc!

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Re: Lyrics Anna's songs in Der Sandmann
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2017, 07:52:06 PM »
Interesting points, Pete! And I think Bob Wilson knew exactly why he wanted Anna to write the songs for the play, because Der Sandmann is full of drama, darkness, death, madness, love, passion and humour- just all the themes you will find in Anna-Calvi-songs, though not necessarily all at once ;).
So this is a perfect symbiosis between the two. I'd love to know how he became aware of Anna, if he was already a fan or if he saw her at the  Bowie-tributes or if someone recommended her to him. ....
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