Lorca's Desire

by Amanda Homi

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"Lorca's Desire", with its haunting Afro-Peruvian rhythm, captures a time in the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life in New York City in 1929.  Written from the imagined point of view of Lorca, The song begins and ends by echoing Lorca's thoughts with a stanza from his poem "Ditty of First Desire:  "In the green morning/I wanted to be a heart/And in the ripe evening I wanted to be a nightingale." Lorca walks around Manhattan wrestling with his deepest longings and fears.  "Fly little birds to the end of the world/like a fire/Fly little birds carry my words/to my love/alma ponte color de amor"….

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Lorca's Desire
By Amanda Homi & Jon Albrink
with excerpts from Frederico Lorca’s ‘Ditty of First Desire’

"In the green morning I wanted to be a heart
and in the ripe evening I wanted to be a nightingale"
In the morning a heart holy and strange
in the evening a bird sings “remember me”
New York City I wander your streets alone
looking for light lying buried beneath
your chains and noises
and a blood colored rose for my love
in a chalice of steam rising through the rain

Fly little birds to the end of the world like a fire
Fly little birds carry my words to my love
alma ponte color de amor

What I fear most of all I must try to name
What I name will come back in a dream
and stand before me
In the woods of my youth in the the rain
like a coin on my tongue when a word is born

Fly little birds to the end of the world like a fire
Fly little birds carry my words to my love
"alma ponte color de amor"

"In the green morning I wanted to be a heart
and in the ripe evening I wanted to be a nightingale"

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released February 15, 2014
Written by Amanda Homi & Jon Albrink
with excerpts from Frederico Lorca’s ‘Ditty of First Desire’
Produced by Graham Hawthorne
with Amanda Homi: lead vocal, Jon Albrink: Guitar vocals, Ara Dinkjian: oud, Paul Frazier: bass, Gary Schreiner: accordion, Graham Hawthorne: cajon, percussion, Joey Cardello: percussion
mixed by Frank Fagnano
www.amandahomi.com

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