Cristina Donà (UK) (2004)

CRISTINA DONÀ (UK)

(Mescal/Rykodisc 2004)



ULTRAMARINE

The ocean’s floor is where the waves go falling
to rest and then repeat all over they lash the sands
imprint their rage and fury
and then again disappear
the oceans bed is where my dreams swim boundless
preparing to arise again
they bloom and glow like flowers in the water
and in a moment
to the sky they open
delicate, teeming, the spaces
and the endless blue
distance that’s seeming so perfect from all earthly terrors
all I desire contained
within this painted blue
way under the waves
the oceans breast feels all the silence sailing
ballooned in plumes of air
I watch and wait because some time or other
the universe is under water
delicate, teeming, the spaces and the endless blue
distance that’s seeming so perfect from all earthly terrors
all I desire not qualified or
questioned- blue…
way under the waves

YESTERDAY’S FILM

Last night I slept oh so lightly
kept hearing the strangest things
now a murmur, now a faint force of lightning
you know what the night brings
and I know it’s wrong
guess I’m not that strong
because
Last night I… I met a stranger
beyond all my wildest dreams
though I could taste and feel the danger, I….
then I found myself in the garden
leafy midnight’s pale blue
all I saw was what I thought was
some acquaintance of mine
I should be more strong
and I know it’s wrong
because
last night I… I met a stranger
beyond all my wildest dreams
though I could taste and feel the danger
the chill in the night
got the better of me
this night I’ll sleep oh so lightly
and dream of the strangest things
maybe a murmur, or a faint force of lightning
where the wild things are…
last night I… I met a stranger
beyond all my wildest dreams
though I could taste and feel the danger
the chill in the thrill
got the better of me
(…say to me, dear stranger
say you’ll meet me here
don’t talk to me, don’t you know
I don’t need to know your name…)

INVISIBLE GIRL

You know what I’m thinking
here in this same thought
so strong you’re resisting
some parts here, some not
our moon is liquid light
stones and shadows
invisible girl,
he don’t see you
might only feel you
’till the day he knows you and needs you
invisible girl
someday someone
between the satellites
that crowd the sky
these highways and headlamps
halos in glare
they are angels in transit
now they’re leading me
receding into this thin air
our moon is here and gone
but I’m remaining
invisible girl
he don’t see you
might only feel you
’till the day he knows you and needs you
invisible girl
someday someone
between the satellites
that crowd the sky
remember silently
we speak in volumes
all of this real to me
more than ever,
as ever
invisible girl
you shine so brightly
frequencies of rays
raining just out of sight here
Invisible here,
but you don’t see me
just imagined light
imagining

WHEREVER FINDS YOU

I close my eyes
unfocused I reach out
the distances
I’m hearing you, forever
wherever finds you
wherever finds
the autumn’s freeze
descends on leaves born of summer
they go to ground
I am learning of
this yearning for
wherever finds you
whatever comes, I will find out
wrapping my arms around you
darkness found you
waiting there,
just a motion or a mention
you come to your senses
closer now
I’m closing down all of this tyranny
of space and time
I never will sever
wherever finds you
whatever comes, I will find out
wrapping my self around you
helpless, bound to
the need in you
just a motion or a mention
you come to your senses

THE TRUMAN SHOW

gotta tell someone about this paranoia
something has begun, they can observe
they can destroy you
deep inside of me, remote control
now someone’s watching
lenses focusing now I provide the action
all my life caught on camera
looking at the sky
I wonder why I’m feeling edgy
all the probing lights
now things are getting sketchy
the more I think it through
the more I feel I’m fainting
they program it all, now it’s me they’re wasting
all my life caught on camera
coming from the sky
I can see he’s smiling
pleasant kind of guy
he greets me very kindly
but what’s wrong with this,
I can see that he conspires
filming from the wrist and out along the wire
all my life caught on camera

TRIATHLON

see I arch my back like a dolphin
a torpedo surging on waves of endorphins
arms are like armies in motion
propulsion, expulsion, a river of forces
I rise above your floods
now I can slide upon the water
a drive of replenishing blood
alone with horizontal thoughts now
I slip and slide inside
and ride the tears you never showed me regrets and all
feeling aside,
tell me, was that love?
with a minimum exertion
and the maximum of speed I will shake off
take it in and take control,
check my heart, my soul, my breathing and take off.
I’m transforming matter with travel
alchemical metal and muscle in fusion
the wheel pushes forwards as always
imploring and launching me into the future
these mountains that I climb
designs inclined by your inertia
freewheeling down the slide
these tears, my eyes, the dream returning
the gap between us looms
now every inch my independence
now I expect that soon
the envelope pulls back.
the sound of my feet on the ground
I pound towards my resurrection
the final mercurial round
of this escape, this insurrection
I kick up dust from the pastrising to retreating distance
the prey is the hunter at lastthe taste is on my mouth

GIVE IT BACK (TO ME)

Let bygones be bygones,
these sleepy dogs lie.
Finally final
that glint in your eye.
Caught with that sad sound,
sealed deep in yur face.
Fused in confusion
by winds of change.

But there you go stuck in that day.
All the things you do and say,
rain and rain on me.

I was just grooving on my time.
And It’s me, and it’s just my light,
but you dance all over my tree.
Get out of that day
and give it back…to me.

Two days, two nights.
Too far, too near.
So close to heaven, so close to tears.
You with your flaming head, me on my cloud.
All these stupid words fall around.

But there you go stuck in that day.
All these things you do and say,
rain and rain…on me.

I was just grooving on my time.
And It’s me, and it’s just my light,
but you dance all over my tree
Get out of that day
and give it back…to me.

…but there you go stuck in that day
…in that day…

I was just grooving on my time.
And It’s me, yes it’s just my light,
but you dance all over my tree.
Get out of my day
and give it back… to me

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I wanna feel you in my arms again

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love and then softly leave
And it’s me you need to show ….

How deep is your love? (how deep is your love?)
I really need to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest darkest hour
You’re my saviour when I fall
And you may not think
I care for you
When you know down inside
That I really do
And it’s me you need to show ….

How deep is your love? (how deep is your love?)
I really need to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love? (how deep is your love?)
I really need to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love? (how deep is your love?)

MILLY’S SONG

Smile and the air lights up about you
around you
a million jewels in the champagne sky
you smile and the clouds lift you skyward
and higher
a feather suspended floating through the air
imagine now
the stellar orchestra smiles
because a while you’re noticing
imagine now
intense and gently
you’re bound to see
where some might say there’s nothing there
smile at the world and it surrenders
whistling tunes
at once strange and musical
imagine now,
forever
you’re bound to see
where some might say there’s nothing there

ONE PERFECT DAY

The elegance, the shadows on long grass
on the last days of August
ghosts of the recently past
calling, exploring before us
a balance here is struck in the flowers
and the thorns once forbidding
cruelty and beauty entwined
swept up and blown on the four winds
and thrown on the four winds
keep me in days of perfection
freeze me these days of perfection
the riddle’s writ in all of this passing
never ever returning
but if you want
every day could be just as perfect