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Description of Winfield Clark's tunes Show me the tune descriptions
All compositions, ©1996-2008, Winfield Clark. All rights reserved
28 compositions listed 
Aurora Seven
Crow
Classically-derived song which uses some jazz harmonies. Lyrics in mp3.

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Dandelion Wine
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Dancing in the sun like dandelion weeds; Weeds have gone to seed; Weeds have gone to seed; Room for one more; Growing all the time; Who wants to try some of my Dandelion wine?

Drifting with the wind like dandelion down; Spread the world around; From a single crown; Billions of children standing in a line; Take just a taste -- please don't waste Dandelion wine.

Shining gold upon the emerald velvet lawn; One day they are gone; One day they are gone; Outside the garden flowers are just weeds: Nobody needs all our fine Dandelion wine.

Fanfare for "The Tempest"
Written as an intro for a sci fi setting of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

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Fireflies
"angular" melodic line.
I Don't Pretend To
Jazz tune
I Love To Eat
From a children's musical, "Daniel Bandito, Raccoon" . Lyrics in mp3.

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In Its Own Sweet Time
Gradual chord progression using step-wise motion.
In Paris
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Jazz Waltz/Under Milkwood
One of five tunes written for a production of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood".

score w/ chords follows in next message.

Kingfisher
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Kingfisher

Once I heard some children singing
Down beside the water,
ìKingfisher, Fisher King, have you got a daughter?
Kingfisher, Kingfisher, promise her to me,
Send her to me on the wind,
Safe across the sea.î

Kingfisher, Kingfisher, bluer than the sky,
End the winter; start the Spring,
Kill the dragonfly.

I thought I saw a young man lying
Down beside the river.
Golden arrow in his side,
From a ghostly quiver.
ìKingfisher, Kingfisher, hear me !,î he cried.
Disappeared without a trace.
I do not think he died.

Kingfisher, Kingfisher, bluer than the sky,
End the winter; start the Spring,
Kill the dragonfly.

Last night I saw an old man waiting,
Down beside the sea.
Kingfisher, Fisher King,
Be a friend to me.

Kingfisher, Kingfisher, bluer than the sky,
End the winter; start the Spring,
Kill the dragonfly.
End the winter; start the Spring,
Kill the dragonfly.

©1991 Winfield Clark

Love Is Strange
A reject from a musical I wrote the music for, called "Robots," performed at M.I.T. in '97. I still like the song -- jazz harmonies mixed with traditional.

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Mushrooms
This is a setting I did of Sylvia Plath's poem, "Mushrooms." I asked several times for permission to use the words, but never received an answer from her literary estate executors. I'd be glad to send the score to anyone who wants it, though.

If you google <"Sylvia Plath" Mushrooms>, you'll find many copies of the poem online.

November Song
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Prelude for Ed
I wrote this tune, along with Aurora Seven and The Man Said posted earlier, for a stage production of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin Of Our Teeth."
Ruddy Shame
Written for a local production of the comedy "Inspecting Carol". The stage directions called for "Victorian-sounding orchestral music."

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Synchronicity
reject tune from the musical, "Robots", performed at M.I.T. in 1997.
Tango
Tango For Blue Herons
accompaniment only; the melody and lyrics are added on mp3

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That's All I Really Wanted To Say
A slow jazz ballad. Lyrics and chords on score.

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The Man Said
The Persian Warrior
I wrote this song in 1991 during the Gulf War, thinking about the countless times armies have fought over the land which is now called Iraq.

lyrics in mp3 version.

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The Persian Warrior

Once there was a Persian warrior,
Oh, this was many years ago in an-cient Babylon...
Down beside the city's walls of clay
He lay in the dark with his battle won,

Watching the stars rolling silently 'cross the heavens,
Feeling lucky, brimming with life,
Planning on how he'll find him a wife...
Maybe he'll have ten children,
Take his pension; buy him a farm;
Keep his family safe from all harm there.

Long ago there was a Persian warrior,
Drifting a-way in a long, long sleep, a deep, deep sleep.

© 1996 Winfield Clark

The Redwing Blackbird

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lyrics sung on linked mp3

The Redwing Blackbird

I saw a redwing blackbird
This morning in the cattails by the pond.
It sang each raucous note
As though it was its first;
Sang as though it was feeling its heart burst.

A single redwing blackbird --
It flew across the pond and it was gone.
Through all the busy-ness
That happens through the day,
Thatís the place where my thoughts stayed.

If I could learn the secret;
  If I could just discover
   How to live free and easy,
 Treat the world like a lover.
If I could learn the secret,
  Iíd be free
   To sail away across the sundance sea.

© 1992 Winfield Clark

This Time of Night
An original tune-- a slow jazz waltz. Link to MP3 performance of this song
wedding song - This I Can Promise

This is a song I wrote recently for a friend's wedding. It went over well, and others have asked to use it in their weddings. The score (with chord symbols) is freely available as a download for non-commercial use, though I would appreciate acknowledgement as composer. The midi file is of the accompaniment only. I adapted the words from a public domain poem on the Internet, author unknown.

Here is a link to an MP3 of the song with vocals.

Page 1 and Page 2 of the score for this progresssion.

What The Bear Eats
For a series of SATB choral settings of passages from the writings of the naturalist John Muir (1838 - 1914) from "The Animals of the Yosemite" Score available on request.

Robotic chorus in mp3 done using the Mac software, VocalWriter 1.0

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Where The Bee Sucks
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A setting for Ariel's song, "Where the bee sucks..." from Shakespeare's "The Tempest". This is the accompaniment only; the lyrics are sung by two young girls in the linked MP3.

"Where the bee sucks, there suck I; In a cowslip's bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry. On the bat's back I do fly After summer merrily. Merrily, merrily shall I live now Under the blossom that hangs on the bough."

-- William Shakespeare

You Don't Know My Name
lyrics sung in mp3

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