LAY DOWN YOUR MUSIC (for Allen) (by General Arka)

A RITUALISTIC CROSS-GENRE PERFORMANCE
written and Performed by General Arka TOGETHER WITH CHRIS JAEGER (percussion, Piano)
WIM Zurich 15 March 2019  vimeo

lay down / lay down your Music / lay down yr Tongue lay down / lay down your Mountain / lay down yr God lay down / lay down your Ego / lay down your Texas lay down that baby queen / Down with that baby king lay down / lay down your hesiTation / lay down your rumiNation lay down your melanchOly / lay her Down and let her Die! lay down Papa / lay down Mama / PA PA MA MA papampa mapa mampa papam mp pm p pp mmmm A lay down lay down your SameSame / lay down yr special lay down your SameSame / lay down your special Lay down / lay down your smartness / lay down your wisdom lay down your worries / lay down your warrior Lay down your anger / lay down your lion’s roar lay down your hatred / lay your Mind down lay down / lay down your Vision / lay down your light lay down / lay down your body / lay down your pain lay down / lay down your love / lay down your life lay down / lay down your demons lay down / lay down and lay still

The poem was adapted from Allen Ginsberg’s poem Lay Down Your Mountain (Rolling Thunder Stones I (1979), published in Allen Ginsberg, Mind Breaths/Plutonian Ode (Paris: Christian Bourgois, 1994), p. 78.

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