The Secret History of Water

Song Cycle by Judith Cloud

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1. The blackbirds take over the sky [sung text checked 1 time]

Tonight a moment unfolds like a word
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2. The secret history of water [sung text checked 1 time]

The body is a stone house the body
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3. The death of the tango [sung text checked 1 time]

Ghost of bird flying over
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4. The lake has swallowed the whole sky [sung text checked 1 time]

Some dreams are like glass
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5. Drinking song [sung text checked 1 time]

In every half-filled glass a river
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6. For all the goodbyes [sung text checked 1 time]

In a room not unlike this one
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7. Dreaming horse [sung text checked 1 time]

I could lie down in all that blue
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8. The room was a pond [sung text checked 1 time]

The room was a pond with one wave
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9. I'm in love, I'm floating [sung text checked 1 time]

out of range I close my eyes
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10. Last call [sung text checked 1 time]

I know the man who eavesdrops
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11. Janis Joplin [sung text checked 1 time]

There is a song like a light
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12. Some nights you crank up the car radio and just drive [sung text checked 1 time]

Tonight the moon rises through
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13. Spontaneous human combustion [sung text checked 1 time]

A man stands on his front porch
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14. The simple geography of leaving [sung text checked 1 time]

A telephone rings all night for no one. A trailor door slamming shut. Stars flying up like dust
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