O Daedalus, Fly Away Home

(1990)
"O Daedalus, Fly Away Home" is the sixth and final song in Dorothy Rudd Moore's song cycle for tenor and piano Flowers of Darkness.
O Daedalus, Fly Away Home
by Robert Haydn


Drifting night in the Georgia pines,
coonskin drum and jubilee banjo.
Pretty Malinda, dance with me.

Night is juba, night is congo.
Pretty Malinda, dance with me.

Night is an African juju man
weaving a wish and a weariness together
to make two wings.

O fly away home fly away

Do you remember Africa?

O cleave the air fly away home

I knew all the stars of Africa.

Spread my wings and cleave the air.

My gran, he flew back to Africa,
just spread his arms and
flew away home.

Drifting night in the windy pines;
night is laughing, night is a longing.
Pretty Malinda, come to me.

Night is a mourning juju man
weaving a wish and a weariness together
to make two wings.

O fly away home fly away

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