Above Paradise Street

from by John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall

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Above Paradise Street

Sometimes, when I gaze on so much Beauty
And I am made to kneel on thorns of light,
Stampedes of stars, heavens of horses moving through me
Burn an aching trail across the unbridled night.

Sometimes, when I gaze on so much Beauty
A pillar of flame rises above my head,
And every delight parades before me, truly
I am dragged to the repast, but I am not fed.

The black orchid in the singer’s hair, the waterfall’s descent,
The whisper in the Lion’s lair, the lonely Queen’s lament,
The grace of La Fornarina dripping from the hands of Raphael,
The tender dipping of the Moon into the Heart’s vast & opened well.

But there’s a deeper ache within me that seems to have no name,
That seems to flay & skin me & brand its iron upon my brain –
An almost unbearable Beauty in every gaze I greet,
Drags me to hover like a lunatic Lover off the ledge above Paradise Street

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful,
I’ve the deepest respect for Fate.
But in the name of all that’s broken & urgent & faithful –
I beseech you; let me dance beyond that Gate…

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from Barbarian Hymns, released January 1, 2014

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John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall York, Pennsylvania

Voices In The Hall: Songwriter / Poet John Terlazzo on vocals, guitar, Indian harmonium, Kristina Machusick on vocals, flute, recorders & Paul Wegmann on vocals, lead guitars. Together
they have become one moving, breathing creature, offering up a rich array of "Modern Surrealist Gypsy Folk", & described as "Marc Chagall gone aural" and "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi".
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