10,000 Maniacs - Verdi Cries (LP version) Lyrics

release date: 1987
length: 4:22
producer: Peter Asher
membranophone: Jerome Augustyniak
piano: Don Grolnick
vocal: Natalie Merchant
double bass: Bob Magnusson
mixer: George Massenburg and Frank Wolf
recording engineer: George Massenburg
electric bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
keyboard: Dennis Drew
viola: Novi Novog
additional engineer: Sharon Rice
percussion: Jerome Augustyniak
cello: Dennis Karmazyn
strings arranger: David Campbell
assistant engineer: Duane Seykora and Shep Lonsdale
assistant producer: Edd Kolakowski
mandolin & pedal steel guitar & guitar family: Robert Buck
The man in 119 takes his tea alone. Mornings we all rise to wireless Verdi cries. I'm hearing opera through the door. The souls of men and women, impassioned all. Their voices climb and fall; battle trumpets call. I fill the bath and climb inside, singing.
He will not touch their pastry but every day they bring him more. Gold from the breakfast tray, I steal them all away and then go and eat them on the shore.
I draw a jackal-headed woman in the sand, sing of a lover's fate sealed by jealous hate then wash my hand in the sea. With just three days more I'd have just about learned the entire score to Aida.
Holidays must end as you know. All is memory taken home with me: the opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing, the verging sea, all years ago.

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 What's the Matter Here? (LP version)
  • 2 Verdi Cries (LP version)
  • 3 Like the Weather (live)
  • 4 Gun Shy (live)