Who Sang Mark Rothko Song? Dar Williams

Dar Williams The Honesty Room cover art
Credits
release date: 1995
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk
length: 3:45
Words and music by dar williams

The blue it speaks so full
It’s like the beauty one can barely stand
Or too much things dropped in your hand
And there’s a green like the peace
In your heart sometimes
Printed underneath the sheets of ashy snow
And there’s a blue like where the urban angels go, very bright
Now the calder mobile tips a biomorphic sphere
Then it swings it’s dangling pieces
Round to other paintings here

Your behavior is so male
It’s like you can’t explain yourself to me
I think I’ll ask renoir to tea
For his flowers are as real as they are all the time
And the sunlight sets the furniture aglow
It’s a pleasant time as far as people go, how far do they go?
Well his roses are perfect and his words have no wings
I know what he can give me and I like to know these things

I met her at the funeral
She said I don’t know what he meant to me
I just know he affected me
An effect not unlike his art,
I believe

The service starts and we are in the know
He had so much to say but more to show, and ain’t that true of life?
So we weep for a person who lived at great cost
Yet we barely knew his powers till we sensed that we had lost

A friend and I in a museum room
She says, "look at mark rothko’s side
Did you know about his suicide?
Some folks were born with a foot in the grave, but not me, of course"
And she smiles as if to say we’re in the know
Then she names a coffee place where we can go, uptown
Now the painting is desperate, but the crowds wash away
In a crowd of kind pedestrians who’ve seen enough today

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 When I Was a Boy
  • 2 Alleluia
  • 3 The Great Unknown
  • 4 When Sal's Burned Down
  • 5 The Babysitter's Here
  • 6 You're Aging Well
  • 7 Traveling Again (Traveling I)
  • 8 In Love but Not at Peace
  • 9 Mark Rothko Song
  • 10 This Is Not the House That Pain Built
  • 11 I Love, I Love (Traveling II)
  • 12 Flinty Kind of Woman
  • 13 Arrival

  • Album Information
    label: Razor & Tie
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 793018281621
    script: Latin