Thursday, 11 September 2008

Black smoke hides the stars tonight



I know I've posted this before. Today seemed appropriate, even if it describes the aftermath rather than the events of September 11, 2001.

Wise Men
(Kate McGarrigle)

In the desert, where the stars are bright
And constellations rule your life
Long ago, three kings set out
To follow a peculiar light

What did they see, up in the sky?
That made them take leave of their land
And carry gifts on camelback
Over the hills of endless sand

Through cloudless days and cloudless night
The bells upon the camels ringing
And the wind playing on ribs of sand
Must be the voices of angels singing

Gold to crown his loftiness
Myrrh for the man upon his death
Frankincense for godliness

Black smoke hides the stars tonight
And mines explode in golden sands
Underground black gold does flow
In Afghan fields the poppies grow

Gold to crown his loftiness
Myrrh for the man upon his death
Frankincense for godliness
Frankincense for godliness


Interesting aside: the video was posted shortly after The Wainwright Family & Friends Christmas Show at Carnegie Hall, December 13, 2006, by one of the makers, Sylvan Lanken. There is now a note saying it was at one point removed because Carnegie Hall claimed copyright infringement.

1 comment:

Willym said...

SK - thanks for posting this. I'd never seen it and if I'd heard the song it was a while back. Grazie tanti.