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Clyne, Anna: The Violin - Tea Leaves (2009) 7'
for 2 violins (with optional tape)

Music Text

TEA LEAVES:
In loving memory of Beattie Toon
b.1885 Workhouse,Camden Town
d.1975 Former Workhouse,Camden Town

Do you still read tea leaves
and throw them at the fools?
Libating the ‘bountiful’
fetterers of the free.

As you left did you dance, did you dream
did you claim your own bright star –
did you know how much I missed you?

(Let that pass, let that pass.)

Do you still gather kindness
to your old worn heart
on your journey through the stars?

Don’t come back here Beattie
It’s much worse, so much worse.

Are you there now dear one

Is it far?
Is it far?

Scatter me a shower
of celestial delight–
I’ll be looking to infinity

Where you are
Where you are.

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