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Down the ward, the men are dreaming,
drooling in their cots.
Pricks of blood in every elbow,
I am no better.
It’s just that I’m awake
It’s just that I’m awake and walking.
Walking.

Hear my footsteps down the hall.
Now I’m smelling the night air,
crunching gravel as I walk, walk, walk.

Never, never, never, never will I
never will I sleep like that again
Never, never, never, never, never,
Never will I sleep like that, sleep like that…

And I’m lost in this night
I’m lost in this night
I’m already lost, but not as lost as them
And I’m lost in this night
I’m lost in this night
I’m already lost, but not as lost as them
my sleeping, drooling, smiling men

I’m not as lost,
I’m not as lost
I’m not as lost as them.

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from Penelope, released October 26, 2010
Sarah Kirkland Snider, composer; Ellen McLaughlin, lyrics; Shara Worden, vocals; Brad Lubman, conductor; Signal, orchestra; Michael Hammond, sound design

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Sarah Kirkland Snider Brooklyn, New York

Deemed "one of the decade's more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as "rapturous" (The New York Times), "haunting" (The Los Angeles Times), and "strikingly beautiful" (Time Out New York). ... more

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