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I Will Breath a Mountain: A Song Cycle from American Women Poets

Word count: 1214

Song Cycle by William Bolcom (b. 1938)

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1. Pity me not because the light of day [ sung text checked 1 time]

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2. How to swing those obbligatos around [ sung text checked 1 time]

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He had shag hair & a boutique
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3. The crazy woman [ sung text checked 1 time]

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I shall not sing a May song
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4. Just once [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Just once I knew what life was for
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5. Never more will the wind [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Never more will the wind
cherish you again,
never more will the rain.

Never more
shall we find you bright
in the snow and wind.

The snow is melted,
the snow is gone,
and you are flown:

Like a bird out of our hand,
like a light out of our heart,
you are gone.


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6. The sage [ sung text checked 1 time]

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The cat is eating the roses
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7. O to be a dragon [ sung text checked 1 time]

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If I, like Solomon,
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8. The bustle in a house [ sung text checked 1 time]

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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.


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9. I saw Eternity [ sung text checked 1 time]

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O beautiful Forever!
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10. Night practice [ sung text checked 1 time]

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will/ remember
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11. The fish [ sung text checked 1 time]

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I caught a tremendous fish
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