Love Songs

Song Cycle by Brad Mehldau (b. 1970)

Word count: 467

1. it may not always be so; and i say [sung text not yet checked]

it may not always be so;and i say 
that if your lips,which i have loved,should touch 
another's,and your dear strong fingers clutch 
his heart,as mine in time not far away; 
if on another's face your sweet hair lay 
in such a silence as i know,or such 
great writhing words as,uttering overmuch, 
stand helplessly before the spirit at bay; 

if this should be,i say if this should be-- 
you of my heart,send me a little word; 
that i may go unto him,and take his hands, 
saying,Accept all happiness from me. 
Then shall i turn my face,and hear one bird 
sing terribly afar in the lost lands.

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Confirmed with Tulips and Chimneys, New York: Liveright, 1976, page 140.

First published in 1917.

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2. We met at the end of the party [sung text not yet checked]

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3. Child, child [sung text checked 1 time]

Child, child, love while you can
The voice and the eyes and the soul of a man;
Never fear though it can break your heart
Out of the wound new joy will start;
Only love proudly and gladly and well,
Though love be heaven or love be hell.

Child, child, love while you may
For life is as short as a happy day;
Never fear the thing you feel
Only by love is life made real;
Love, for the deadly sins are seven,
Only through love will you enter heaven.

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4. Twilight  [sung text not yet checked]

Dreamily over the roofs
The cold spring rain is falling;
Out in a lonely tree
A bird is calling, calling.

Softly over the earth
The wings of night are falling;
My heart, like the bird in the tree,
Is calling, calling, calling.

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5. Because [sung text checked 1 time]

Oh, because you never tried
To bow my will or break my pride,
And nothing of the caveman made
You want to keep me half afraid,
Nor ever with a conq'ring air
You thought to draw me unaware
Take me, for I love you more
Than I ever loved before.
And since the body's maidenhood
Alone were neither rare nor good
Unless with it I gave to you
A spirit still untrammelled too,
Take my dreams and take my mind
That were masterless as wind;
And 'master!' I shall say to you
Since you never asked me to.

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6. Dreams [sung text checked 1 time]

I gave my life to another lover,
I gave my life, and all, and all,
But over a dream the past will hover
Out of a dream the past will call.

I tear myself from sleep with a shiver
But on my breast a kiss is hot,
And by my bed the ghostly giver
Is waiting tho' I see him not.

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7. Did you never know?  [sung text not yet checked]

Did you never know, long ago, how much you loved me --
  That your love would never lessen and never go?
You were young then, proud and fresh-hearted,
  You were too young to know.

Fate is a wind, and red leaves fly before it
  Far apart, far away in the gusty time of year --
Seldom we meet now, but when I hear you speaking,
  I know your secret, my dear, my dear.

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