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Upshaw sings Messiaen - Amour oiseau d'étoile

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Published on Jun 8, 2011

Photo by my friend Emiliana: - http://www.flickr.com/photos/8208064@N03

Track from Dawn Upshaw's "Voices of Light" album - http://social.zune.net/album/Dawn-Ups...

"Amour oiseau d'étoile" from the song cycle "Harawi" by Olivier Messiaen.

Lyrics: ...

Oiseau d'étoile,
Ton oeil qui chante
Vers les étoiles,
Ta tête à l'envers sous le ciel.
Ton oeil détoile
Chaines tombantes,
Vers les étoiles,
Plus court chemin de l'ombre au ciel.
Tous les oiseaux des étoiles,
Loin du tableau mes mains chantent,
Étoile, silence augmenté du ciel.
Mes mains, ton oeil, ton cou, le ciel.

Star-bird,
Your singing eye
Toward the stars,
Your head upside down under the sky.
Your star-eye,
Chains falling,
Toward the stars,
The shortest route from the shadow to the sky.
All the birds of the stars,
Far from the painting my hands are singing,
Star, augmented silence of the sky.
My hands, your eye, your neck, the sky.

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