David: I just...I don’t think...I don’t think you should read too much into any of this you know? Its...I mean the lark ascending was written...it was a piece written by Vaughn Williams who died in 1958, and uh, the work opens with this calm set of sustained chords and then (coughs) sorry. Excuse me. And uhmm. Anyway and so then the violin enters as the lark and it...it starts with this series of ascending and repeated intervals and this...these nimble then elongated arpeggios. Uhmm. And he actually found inspiration in a work by the English poet George Meredith who died in 1909 and the composer included a portion of Meredith’s poem on the flyleaf...

Andy: wait uh...

David: ...of the published work

Andy: ....hold on wait...

David: ...uhmm...

Andy: ...why do you keep mentioning...

David: ...and it...

Andy: ...the year they died?

David: ...well it went...and it went like this it says uh...

“He rises and begins to round,
He drops the silver chain of sound,
Of many links without a break,
In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake.
For singing till his heaven fills,
‘Tis love of earth that he instills,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup
And he the wine which overflows
To lift us with him as he goes.
Till lost on his aerial rings
In light, and then the fancy sings.”

Andy: huh. Wow. That’s nice. But I mean...but who is the lark?

David: I don’t know.

Andy: sorry. I think i’ve got the wrong page. Uhmm. The script you gave me says something different. It says, “you are.”

David: yeah but I don’t...I don’t feel like the lark much of the time and uhmm there are other larks for me you know?

Andy: wait a second. Ok. So correct me if I’m wrong but uhmm...

David: yeah.

Andy: ...in the script I have you’re...

David: right.

Andy: ...making a point that art does this...

David: right.

Andy: ...you know the whole, “it rises on wing from earth to fill the heavens...

David: yes.

Andy: ...pulling the rest of us with it. That as the lark rises so do we.”

David: right. I’m unsure.

Andy: but. Uh. Hold on. I mean...it...it says so right here.

David: yeah. Uhmm. But the ground pulls at my feet.

Andy: hold...hold on just a second. Uh but I mean what about the number 7?

David: did you ever notice that the sky is all the way to the ground?

Andy: wait. Hold on. What?

David: we’re walking around in it. We’re in the sky. There is sky and there is ground and we’re somewhere in between. That is where we live. And sometimes some of us take wing and when they do, when their feet leave the ground, even for a second, they pull the rest of us with them. And when we rise, and when we rise, and when we notice that the sky has been around us all along. We have been walking into it. It has been this constant collision. Divinity and depravity. And we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise and we rise...

[Sung over last bit of dialogue from "And sometimes"]
And I'm trying to make you sing
From inside where you believe
Like it's something that you need
Like it means everything
And I'm trying to make you feel
That this is for real
That life is happening
And it means everything
I'm just trying to make you sing

Lyrics submitted by rocknrollgirl47

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    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. How has no one commented on this? I would definitely like some insight. I guess to me, it's saying that Heaven isn't the only place to be holy. We can be holy here on earth, and the Heavens and the earth are one. That life is so, so beautiful and it was made to be embraced. Actually, I can't even really describe what I get from this song. I guess it's just saying that we wait for Heaven but what's that gonna do? We wait for holiness, an opportunity to feel God. But then we realize, that opportunity has been here all along. We can take it.
    bamorse1on August 02, 2010   Link

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