3: Yeats

Texts: W.B. Yeats, “No Second Troy,” “A Drinking Song,” and “Two Years Later
This was the first week where things got really experimental. It was a theme-variation week: in each of these recordings, there’s a fairly straightforward statement of the text, and it gets wilder from there on out.

“No Second Troy” mix, with chorus vocals and guitar:

“Drinking Song” mix, chorus and piano:

“Two Years Later” mix, chorus vocals / piano:

No Second Troy

Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great.
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?

A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

Two Years Later

Has no one said those daring
Kind eyes should be more learn’d?
Or warned you how despairing
The moths are when they are burned?
I could have warned you; but you are young,
So we speak a different tongue.
O you will take whatever’s offered
And dream that all the world’s a friend,
Suffer as your mother suffered,
Be as broken in the end.
But I am old and you are young,
And I speak a barbarous tongue.

Recorded April 21, 2010, at 3033 Guilford.
Collaborators: Pierce Delacourt (vox), Richard Goldberg (vox), Daniel Schwartz (guitar), Dara Weinberg (vox, dir)

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