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Adagio
by Wishing Chair

Adagio
Lyrics by Kiya Heartwood
Music by Kiya Heartwood/ Kym Tuvim

In honor of Vedran Smailovic, a cellist in the former Sarajevo Opera Orchestra, he played Albinoni's Adagio in Gm for 21 days, one day for each man, woman and child killed when a mortar hit a line of people waiting for bread outside a bakery in the summer of 1992.


Speak to me
in Adagio
while the mortars fly
the listening dead
that stood for bread
this bow will heal this sky

a prayer for peace
a prayer for peace
how can I play
how can I play
how can I play
while they bomb
But how can they bomb
how can they bomb
while I play

Speak to me
in Adagio
while the mortars fly
the listening dead
that stood for bread
this bow will heal this sky

a prayer for peace
a prayer for peace
how can I play
how can I play
how can I play
while they bomb
But how can they bomb
how can they bomb

while I play

Contributed by Katherine J. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Kiya Heartwood

on This House

This House
by Kiya Heartwood and Kevin Dukes

This house is built of oak and stone
Here I’ll make my stand
If you want to know me
You'll have to take me as I am

Standing in these new-plowed fields
Mud up to my knees
Everybody's got their words to say
But I do just as I please
I’ve known many architects
And I’ve bent to their design
Now I’m hopeful as a newlywed
and I’ll call the place and time

This house is built of oak and stone
Here I make my stand
If you want to know me
You'll have to take me as I am

My life's a war of small talk
And I hate to pretend
How can I weave between
Such voluntary friends
My clothes, smell all of cigarettes
Gasoline and beer
Slipping through the hands of strangers
I find my way back here

This house is built of oak and stone
Here I make my stand
If you want to know me
You'll have to take me as I am

There's so much here to realize
Cold water to my face
I bow to tie my sneakers
And burn the book of saints

When we were kids we used to talk
Of staying tough and true
Through the years the words held up
I trust the best of me to you

This house is built of oak and stone
Here I make my stand
If you want to know me
You'll have to take me as I am
(repeat 2x)

This house is built of oak
And stone.