Latin songs - CANE 2010

dann russo

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As a project for my students I asked them to do something artistic - a poem/movie/game/painting/song - based on the Greek and Roman mythologies. Of COURSE I wasn't going to ask them to do something I couldn't do, so the songs below constitute my submission...which turned into a classical educators' presentation (at which I brought out my guitar and rocked out with explanations in between) at both the 2010 Classical Association of New England conference and the 2012 Ascanius conference.

dann russo
dann russo

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Run Run Run - Dann Russo © 2009 Dann Russo/Mousse Dog Music (ASCAP) Let me tell you a story About a girl I used to love The most beautiful thing I've ever seen below or above I promised her heaven Told her I would sing Sit next to me we'll ride the sun and see everything Oh oh And I'll continue the story Told her my desire How every look every breath she took enflamed my fire Oh oh And of course I assumed she would comply I was shocked and awed by her reply Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run away No matter what it was I did no matter what it was I would say She was hoping that her daddy that her daddy would save the day The more she ran the more desperate I was that she would stay And I tried to catch her I kinda knew that she would run Almost as if she forgot I'm as fast as the sun Oh oh We started running and she should please help me As I put my arms around her her daddy turned her into a tree Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run away No matter what it was I did no matter what it was I would say She was hoping that her daddy that her daddy would save the day The more she ran the more desperate I was that she would stay Let me finish the story How I loved that tree Cut off a branch as the prize for every victory Oh oh Think of that girl Everytime someone wins And curse the river that her daddy's swimming in And curse the river that her daddy's swimming in Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run away No matter what it was I did no matter what it was I would say She was hoping that her daddy that her daddy would save the day Well he did and that's unfortunately the way This story's gonna end and I got nothing more to say

dann russo
dann russo

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How do I describe the feeling when I saw her And I was told that she was mine Told me I was the only one for her And would be tilt h eend of time Didn't want money or power Or the wisdom of the age All I want to do its take her in my arms And free her from her Spartan cage I tried to fight I tried to run I tried to hide Didn't want to fight There's no way we could have won Not with him on their side Do I feel tricked well maybe I don't know I'm sure I could've found a better way I gave the answer that I felt was right Had an apple to give away Not sure exactly I was tricked Maybe a little outsmarted Got a little help trying to shoot an arrow And finish what I started I tried to fight I tried to run I tried to hide Didn't want to fight there's no way we could've won Not with him on their side Used to curse these walls for holding me in Now I put my trust in them Only had time to think of what should've been When the cavalry came in I tried to fight I tried to run I tried to hide Didn't want to fight there's no way we could've won Not with him on their side Ten years is a long time

dann russo
dann russo

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Ulysses - Dann Russo © 2010 Dann Russo/Mousse Dog Music (ASCAP) I went off to battle To fulfill a solemn vow They needed my muscle my ships and my knowhow But oh how I'd rather at home for to be Lay in your arms again Underneath the olive tree No one could bring this war to end Not by a show of force I had to use intelligence and crept inside a horse But my faith was forgotten and I had to pay a price My men and my voyage home Became my sacrifice Many roads I have travelled Many waves have I been tossed Many men have I commanded Many men have I lost All around the Med'terranean To islands far and wide Monsters and temptations I barely did survive And at home still faithful You remained all alone In the dining room half of Ithaka Trying to steal away our home Penny Penny darling I had promised to be true For the sake of my salvation had to break that promise 2 But in all of my wandering I was just trying to be At home in your arms again Underneath the olive tree Many roads I have travelled Many waves have I been tossed Many men have I commanded Many men have I lost And now the final chapter I'm home once again Disguised as a beggar you treated me as friend But a fool you sure aren't You had me to know 'twas I with the knowledge About the olive bough And I finally At home for to be And lay in your arms again underneath the olive tree

dann russo
dann russo

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Her Majesty Cry © 2009 Dann Russo/Mousse Dog Music Don't turn back Listened to every word he said Then I let him get inside my head Told me to trust him when he was dead Don't turn back We both planned to keep our bargain's side Crossing over the great divide He treated me like I was surprisingly alive Don't turn back When I went back to look for you They told me all I had to do was sing a song or two Saw that it was do or die figured that I had to try to make Her Majesty Cry Don't turn back Couldn't see the flowers in your hair Couldn't smell your perfume in the air Didn't know who to trust that you were even there Don't turn back Should've had faith in the final hour Should've had time to learn what I should have known Should've had trust cradled like a flower An impatient to call my very own Could almost feel the warmth of spring How I wanted to tell you everything Make the fields and the mountains sing Don't turn back I turned around and you were gone Thought that I waited far too long I guess once again I was wrong Don't turn back When I went back to look for you Told me all I had to do was sing a song or two Saw that it was do or die figured that I had to try to make Her Majesty Cry

dann russo
dann russo

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Black Sails  Dann Russo © 2010 Dann Russo/Mousse Dog Music (ASCAP) Go and tell your pa Go tell your stepma Tell the whole wide world what you've done Slayed the minotaur That and so much more I was there by your side Why'd you leave me lying here? Don't forget to turn your black sails to white Cause you turned your white sails to black Don't forget to turn your black sails to white Cause they had no idea you were ever coming back Said you had a dream Oh what does it mean You and all your friends trapped in vines Why'd you have to go And who told you so Probably just another of your lines Why'd you leave me lying here? Don't forget Stranded in my dreams Left me while was asleep Cowardly it might seem But you granted me my release Don't forget

dann russo
03/19/2009
dann russo

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I used to write love songs all of the time now I write love songs that simply aren't mine etc etc I feel like I'm almost 50 years old I can tell you the weather by the pain in my bones I'd like to be young now young one more time with all that I've learned now still in my mind etc etc and all the rest of it's gonna blow away like leaves on a February day cantationes scribere volebam de amorem sed non poteram ego amavi puellam pulchram tamen non scivit meam animam and the rest of it's gonna blow away like leaves on a February day I used to write love songs all of the time now I write love songs that simply aren't mine

dann russo
dann russo

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Fire Dann Russo © 2010 Dann Russo/Mousse Dog Music (ASCAP) I found out when I was young Hurtled through the air all night and day That mountains don't make very good cushions But every so often that's where I'd stay Soon I even made my own friends The ones who helped me stand and walk I was more or less a means to an end The butt of every joke and gossip talk When you're in love with Love When you're desirous of Desire Can't be any good so I just surround myself with Fire I told her I was in love But so was everyone else Once even caught them in a trap Tried to expose them but everyone just laughed When you're in love with Love When you're desirous of Desire Can't be any good so I just surround myself with Fire

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