Counting the Beats

(1974)

"Counting the Beats" is a song by John Duke setting a poem of Robert Graves. The song is included in the John Duke volume, Songs, Vol. 2, Medium Voice, published by Southern Music Company.

Counting the Beats
by Robert Graves


You, love, and I,
(He whispers) you and I,
And if no more than only you and I,
What care you or I?


Counting the beats,
Couting the slow heart beats,
The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats,
Wakeful they lie.


Cloudless day,
Night, and a cloudless day,
Yet the huge storm will burst upon their heads one day
From a bitter sky.


Where shall we be,
(She whispers) where shall we be,
When death strikes home, O where then shall we be
Who were you and I?


Not there but here,
(He whispers) only here,
As we are, here, together, now and here,
Always you and I.


Counting the beats,
Counting the slow heart beats,
The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats,
Wakeful they lie.


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