Let The World Pass By Like Clouds

from by John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall

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(I wrote this lullaby for our children, Rosa & Paolo – though it came a few years on the late side. The title phrase is one I often use while leading meditation groups at retreats – a suggestion to keep one’s attention on the breath. The idea applies, just as well, I think, to a child’s encouragement towards peaceful sleep. Here this song is dedicated to Rosa & Paolo, and to our new little Nevia, and to William & Ophelia & any others who may be waiting in the wings to come & grace us, touching our faces & our fingertips, stilling our souls.)

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Let The World Pass By Like Clouds

Where rivers of milk & sweet nectar flow
There to the land of honey we’ll go
& I’ll kiss your forehead where the visions do grow
Let the world pass by like clouds, My Love –
Let the whole world pass by like clouds.

And I’ll be on that mountain with sheep’s cheese & bread
And a warm tasseled nightcap for your wee nodding head –
There on that mountain of dreams be ye fed –
Let the world pass by like clouds, My Love –
Let the whole world pass by like clouds.

Don’t worry for ogres, don’t worry for trolls.
For even ones such as these do have souls.
O harm may come, but harm slips through holes –
Let the world pass by like clouds, My Love –
Let the whole world pass by like clouds.

Abide in stillness, in tenderness bow,
In the morning you’ll open your eyes.
We’ll wander in wonder down the path, but for now,
Let the whole world gently pass by…

Miraculous angel, miraculous dove,
How much you have shown me of the Myst’ry of Love!
O, breathe in my arms as the stars sigh above
And let the world pass by like clouds, My Love –
Let the whole world pass by like clouds.

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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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