"Sunset" as written by and Kate Bush....
Could be honeycomb
In a sea of honey
A sky of honey
Whose shadow, long and low
Is slipping out of wet clothes?
And changes into
The most beautiful
Iridescent blue

Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of color
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust

Every sleepy light
Must say goodbye
To day before it dies
In a sea of honey
A sky of honey
Keep us close to your heart
So if the skies turn dark
We may live on in
Comets and stars

Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of color
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust
Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of color
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust

Oh sing of summer and a sunset
And sing for us, so that we may remember
The day writes the words right across the sky
They all go all the way up to the top of the night


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"Sunset" as written by Kate Bush

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    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful

    "could be honeycomb
    in a sea of honey
    a sky of honey"

    God, Kate Bush is amazing.
    starpatrolleron August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song about the sunset and wondering about a greater existence.
    Anderson_Councilon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'that song of summer' ... is she referring to her own song "Delius" ??
    R4CH3Lon January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOn the "BLACKBIRD & RAVEN IN FLIGHT" photography accompanying SUNSET

    You should not speak of it
    You should not think it even
    Because it is forbidden...
    Of all the people in the world
    Why should I love you?
    There's just something about you
    There's just something about you...
    If I could sing like a blackbird
    Just like my heart was filled with summer...
    (Why Should I Love You, DEMO).

    “The beautiful song of the blackbird makes it a symbol of temptations, especially sexual ones. The devil once took on the shape of a blackbird and flew into St. Benedict's face, thereby causing the saint to be troubled by an intense desire for a beautiful girl he had once seen. In order to save himself, St. Benedict [The Exorcist; patron against witchcraft and those fighting temptation, etc.] tore off his clothes and jumped into a thorn bush. This painful act is said to have freed him from sexual temptations for the rest of his life.”

    In spite of its dark appearance, the RAVEN is a solar symbol of the Greek God Apollo. In Greece he was sacred to Apollo, the god of light. Greeks believed that Apollo turned the raven black when the bird informed him of the unfaithfulness of his lover, Coronis. This episode gave the raven a reputation as a tattler, a spy, and a divulger of secrets.

    In nearly all cultures, the raven or crow was originally white. In one of the Greek tales, Coronis, the daughter of Phlegyes was pregnant by Apollo. Apollo left a white crow (or raven) to watch over her, but, just before the birth, Coronis married Ischys. The crow informed Apollo of this, and Apollo was not impressed. He killed Coronis and Ischys, and turned the crow black for being the bearer of bad news. Luckily, Apollo retrieved the unborn child at the funeral, for the child became Aesclepius, the father of medicine.

    The raven is also a symbol for solitude and an attribute of several saints whom ravens fed in the wilderness, including St. Anthony Abbot, St. Paul the Hermit, and St. Benedict. Although the raven itself was considered unclean, God sent ravens to feed Elijah the Tishbite by the brook Cherith during a long drought (1 Ki 17:6; Lev 11:15; Deu 14:14). The raven has long been a symbol of divine providence (Psa 147:9; Job 38:41). Many remember the Lord's command to consider the sparrow and the lilies, but the words, "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them," are seldom brought to mind (Lk 12:24). In the Song of Solomon, the Beloved's locks are "black as a raven" (Song 5:11).

    The raven symbolizes filial gratitude and affection, wisdom, hope, longevity, death, and fertility. In alchemy, it represents change and the advanced soul dying to this world. It remains a frequently used symbol in modern magic, witchcraft, and mystery.

    In the telling of myths and legends, the crow frequently took the place of the raven. Like the larger raven, the symbolic crow is associated with the sun, longevity, beginnings, death, change, bad luck, prophecy, and Christian solitude. It, too, is considered a messenger of the gods.

    Christians consider the crow an emblem of the Virgin Mary. The words, "I am dark, but lovely...because the sun has tanned me," are believed to mean that the light or love of God has so shown upon her that she is burned and purified as if by a mighty sun or fire (Song 1:5-6).
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCOUNTING CROWS

    The practice of Augury has been around for centuries. Both India and Tibet have a system of crow augury. It is about predicting the future by counting the number of crows, the direction of their flight, the time of day at which they are seen, their cawing, etc.

    Crow augury may have started off as Magpie augury. The oldest rhymes, including at least one dating to the 1600's, deal with counting magpies rather than crows. The magpie rhyme seems to have been left on European shores, though. In North America, most people who know the rhyme use it in reference to crows.

    The basic rhyme, which goes something like "One for Sorrow, Two for Joy..." has been a popular children's chant through the years.

    Various versions of the rhyme exist, but the basics are as follows:
    One: Sorrow. An unhappy event. A change for the worse. Maybe loss or a death.
    Two: Joy. A surprise. A change for the better. Sometimes the finding of something.
    Three: Marriage. A celebration. Sometimes the birth of a female child. Othertimes some significant event around a daughter.
    Four: Birth. Usually the birth of a male child. Sometimes a significant event surrounding a son.
    Five: Silver. Sometimes costly. Usually a positive transaction.
    Six: Gold. Wealth. Sometimes money. Maybe greed. Occasionally a negative transaction.
    Seven: Something of spiritual significance. Often a secret. In some cases witchcraft, or the performing of sacred rites.
    Eight: Something profound. Death, dying, or a glimpse of Heaven. A life-altering journey or experience.
    Nine: Something sensual. Passion, or forbidden delight. In some versions this is corruption, in others it is closer to temptation.
    Ten: Something extreme. An overwhelming sensation. Something paid in full.
    Eleven: Uncertainty. Waiting. Wanting. May be in relation to a spiritual matter.
    Twelve: Fulfillment. Riches (though not always of a material sort). A fruitful labor. Something completed. An end to a problem, or the answer to a question.
    - 7thcrow.com/…

    In the photography accompanying SUNSET, there are three silhouetted crows/ravens... a 'marriage'?

    In the art Design for PIANISSIMO, there are four silhouetted crows/ravens... a boy?

    So when you look through the CD Booklet, you will see seven silhouetted crows/ravens... sacred rites? witchcraft? a secret never to be told?

    Here are two versions of Counting Crows ...

    1
    One for sorrow, two for mirth,
    Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
    Five for silver, six for gold,
    Seven for a secret not to be told.
    Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
    And ten for the devil's own sel'.

    2
    One for sorrow, two for joy,
    three for a girl, four for a boy,
    five for silver, six for gold,
    seven for a secret, never to be told,
    eight for a wish, nine for a kiss,
    ten for a time of joyous bliss.


    Incidentally, in the art Design for PIANISSIMO, there are seven silhouetted blackbirds... The Secret Seven...
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link

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