If Only She (2008)

for mezzo-soprano and piano
Text by Julia Adolphe
3 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE
July 31, 2008, Paris, France
Recording: Jill McCoy, mezzo-soprano, Catherine Likhuta, piano

Keep still and breathe slowly

Every morning, I think today I’ll feel the change
Bright and early, I will arise whole and clean

If only she would calm down! She should just calm down.
She should just let it go, let it go! Right now.
Let it go right now

All’s silent in your arms

Lift the branches from my mouth
I’ll tell you all now
If only I could somehow tell, somehow

Keep still and breathe slowly