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lyrics

Barbarian Hymns

Walkin’ on air & ringin’ this ram’s bell –
The Order of the Fool, from limb to limb.
But I survived your incantations, your damnations & spells.
I’m singin’ these Barbarian Hymns.

Two gypsies came down that mountain,
Branded my brow with a most auspicious sign.
Then they nearly drown me in the village fountain.
Said, “You’ll sing Barbarian Hymns all your life!”

All this Milk & all this Honey
Overflows this begging bowl.
And all this Milk & all this Honey
Cannot still this soul…

Have you made yourself some sinister prison?
You better defy the warden, it’s now or never!
Have you exiled your precious Heart from every kind of Wisdom?
Are you gonna walk with your feet on the ground forever?

They took me to the Alhambra in the moonlight,
Never asked me my opinion of the cause.
Could hear the moanin’ & clawin’ long past midnight.
In the mornin’ I’ll sing my Barbarian Hymns in the Lion’s jaws,

All this Milk & all this Honey
Overflows this begging bowl.
And all this Milk & all this Honey
Still cannot appease this soul…

They asked him for his final words.
Hallaj laughed out loud ‘neath the hangman’s bough,
“If what’s been hidden from you had been hidden from me too,
I wouldn’t be in this mess right now!”

Walkin’ on air & ringin’ this ram’s bell –
The Order of the Fool, from limb to limb.
I’ve tasted the honeysuckle of your song, I’m not goin’ back to that cell.
I’m singin’ these Barbarian Hymns.
I’m singin’ these Barbarian Hymns.

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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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