Three Songs: Texts by E.E. Cummings (2003)

Vocal Texts:

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

                                                               i fear

no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

 

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

 

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Copyright 1952 by Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust.

Used by permission.

[love is a place]

 

love is a place

& through this place of

love move

(with brightness of peace)

all places

 

yes is a world

& in this world of

yes live

(skillfully curled)

all worlds

Copyright 1935 by Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust.

Used by Permission.

[your little voice]

 

your little voice

                  Over the wires came leaping

and i felt suddenly

dizzy

    With the jostling and shouting of merry flowers

wee skipping high-heeled flames

courtesied before my eyes

                          or twinkling over to my side

Looked up

with impertinently exquisite faces

floating hands were laid upon me

I was whirled and tossed into delicious dancing

up

Up

with the pale important

                        stars and the Humorous

                                              moon

dear girl

How i was crazy how i cried when i heard

                                         over time

and tide and death

leaping 

Sweetly

         your voice

Copyright 1923.  Public Domain.

Douglas Fisk / E.E. Cummings

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

00:00 / 05:00

Jonathan Taylor, voice

Douglas Fisk, piano

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Douglas Fisk / E.E. Cummings

[love is a place]

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Jonathan Taylor, voice

Douglas Fisk, piano

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Douglas Fisk / E. E. Cummings

[your little voice]

00:00 / 02:04

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Jonathan Taylor, voice

Douglas Fisk, piano