Act 1: Choral Ode 1

from by David Avidor and Nicole V. Gagné

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John Giorno - Voice
Rudolph Grey - Electric Guitar

hee leaves for his battail
lyke lightning from fyery heaven
lyke the Furies sent downe by wrath of God
to smite those who defy sacred use and right

but the wynde forbyds his navies to passe

his priest tells him
uppon obtayning theyr request crav'de of theyr grace devine
the Gods shall graunt to thee thy passporte into Troy
offer up unto them as sacrifyse thy daughter

after crying all day
hee accepts to pull the paynful plow
without remorse
even though his neck is gald with the print of this yoke

let our fates bringe us to the good
hee declares

the priest unbarres the gate and opes the temple wide
so the clustring thronges can flock in
and see Kynge Agamemnons daughter
on stage ordeyned for her death

his owne child quaking with feare
looking rounde on every side with her tears new gushing

the Greekes them selves to griefe are movde
but do nothing
as hee fyrmely byndes her mouth
to protect him selfe
from her cries for revenge

and then braydes backe her hayre
drawing noked her neck
to taste the fatall knyfe

receiving deadly stroke
shee yeeldes to him
a bubling flood from her goary throate

and thus the vyrgin dyed
her heade hanging on his speare as an offered gift
his savory sacrifyce to move the wynde

which did move
guiding him on his road to Troy

ten yeares have passed
and they are fyghting there yet unto this howre

thee above the rest
whose powre abydes every where
how chaunt it
fortune God Jove

wee myndful are of thee and render thankefull prayse

thy lessons wee do record
and heere shall declare them plaine
that which constraynes us makes us wyse
learning is borne of payne


from AGAMEMNON, released September 26, 2012



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