Based on a Petrarch sonnet – or the first half, at least, the bit that Monteverdi also set. 650 years old, and the lyrics haven't aged a day.
Songbird, singing in the sky,
Crying out your song about how life’s passed you by,
& how when you look around,
All you see is winter and darkness everywhere;
Daytime and May-time, they’re all in the past...
How come the good times never last?
Songbird, if you only knew
That actually, I’m going through the same thing too —
If you felt my pain like yours,
You’d fly down to my arms,
Cuddle close to me...
Share this sadness we both understand,
Try to soothe this sad, sad man
Any way you can.
from Lovers, Losers, Loners
released October 4, 2016
Lyrics by Arden Rogow-Bales, after a sonnet by Petrarch (1304-1374)
Music by Arden Rogow-Bales
Vocals, guitars, and drum programming by Arden Rogow-Bales
with thanks to Tom Cunningham & the Manhattan Choral Ensemble and Jaymay for the inspiration!