A Drinking Song


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In the summer of 2014, Mackenzie approached me about writing a set of cabaret-style love songs as a gift for her fiancé, Evan. These three poems held particular meaning for her and so we decided to set the three of them. “Drinking Song,” by William Butler Yeats, is set in a jazz lounge style, “The Taxi,” by Amy Lowell, I set as a tango, and “This is Just to Say” is a light-hearted, mixed-meter dance.

The accompaniment for Drinking Song exists in many forms: Cello/Marimba, Piano/Cello, Bass Clarinet/Marimba, and Bass Clarinet/Piano.

A Drinking Song

text by W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.