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Kimberly

The wall is high the black barn
The babe in my arms in her swaddling clothes
And I know soon that the sky will split
And the planets will shift
Balls of jade will drop and existence will stop

Little sister the sky is falling
I don't mind I don't mind
Little sister the fates are calling on you

Here I stand again in this old electric whirlwind
The sea rushes up my knees like flame
And I feel like just some misplaced Joan of Arc
And the cause is you looking up at me
Oh baby I remember when you were born
It was dawn and the storm settled in my belly
And I rolled in the grass and I spit out the gas
And I lit a match and the void went flash
And the sky split and the planets hit
Balls of jade dropped and existence stopped

Little sister the sky is falling
I don't mind I don't mind
Little sister the fates are calling on you

I was young and crazy so crazy I knew
I could break through with you
So with one hand I rocked you
And with one heart I reached for yo
Ah I knew your youth was for the taking
Fire on a mental plane so I ran through the fields
As the bats with their baby vein faces
Burst from the barn in flames into the violent violet sky
And I fell on my knees and pressed you against me
Your skull was like a network of spittle
Like glass balls moving in like cold streams of logic
And I prayed as the lightning attacked
That something would make it go crack

Something will make it go crack
Something will make it go crack
Something will make it go crack

The palm trees fall into the sea
It doesn't matter much to me
As long as you re safe Kimberly
And I can gaze deep into your starry eyes
Looking deep in your eyes baby
Looking deep in your eyes baby
Looking deep in your eyes baby
Into your starry eyes

 
Ivan Krall, Patti Smith, Richard Sohl, Lou Reed
Photo credit: Kate Simon Photography






 
 






  ghost dance

What is it children that falls from the sky
Tayi taya tayi aye aye
Manna from heaven from the most high
Food from the father tayi taya aye
We shall live again we shall live again
We shall live again shake out the ghost dance

Peace to your brother, give and take eat
Tayi taya dance little feet
One foot extended snake to the ground
Wave up the earth worm turn around
We shall live again we shall live again
We shall live again shake out the ghost dance

Stretch out your arms now dip and swing
Bird of thy birth tayi taya
The oe of the shoe the on of the soul
Dust of the word that shakes from the tail
We shall live again we shall live again
We shall live again shake out the ghost dance

Here we are, Father, Lord, Holy Ghost
Bread of your bread host of your host
We are the tears that fall from your eyes
Word of your word cry of your cry
We shall live again we shall live again

What is it Father that turns to the right
What is it Father in your holy light
What is it Father that shakes from your hand
What is it Father that turns me around
What is it Father can you tell me when
Father, will we live again
We shall live again
We shall live again,
We shall live again
Shake out the ghost
 
 
Beneath the Southern Cross

Oh to be
Not anyone
Gone
This maze of being
Skin.
Oh to cry
Not any cry
So mournful that
The dove
Just laughs
And the steadfast
Gasps
Oh to owe
Not anyone
Nothing
To be
Not here
But here
Forsaking
Equatorial bliss
Who walked through
The callow mist
Dressed in scraps
Who walked
The curve of the world
Whose bone scraped
Whose flesh unfurled
Who grieves not
Anyone gone
To greet lame
The inspired sky
Amazed to stumble
Where gods get lost
Beneath
The southern cross


 


Photo Credit: Photorock, Paul J. Kasko
 
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    "Kimberly" © 1975,1976, 1978, Linda Music Corp. Administered by ARZO Publishing (ASCAP).
"Ghost Dance" © 1978, 1979, Ninja Music Corp. Administered by ARZO Publishing (ASCAP).
"Beneath the Southern Cross" © 1996 Druse Music, Inc./Guitarget Music. Administered by ARZO Publishing (ASCAP).