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Polymorphia San Francisco, Oakland 1989​-​1992

by Diana Rosalind

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I've been racing To catch up with myself So I can rest at the core And melt And listen To what's not there I saw you two strolling Imagination's linked Happy as saints You were strolling to the brink Wait! There was a sound Who were you laughing with it about? Wait! I'm collapsing The thought of being without And not going to The brink Being pulled back now To some secondary state Not quite breathing Not asleep and not awake So slow to think There is a country To which we can escape There is a story A passion, a life In which we can escape to The brink
Perpetual 06:05
Perpetual Oh perpetual Oh the struggle is Perpetual I dreamt there was a world Where nothing left was living The searing wind was the only thing left moving Across the earth that once was so home To so many beautiful varied life forms Someone wake me This must not be real Then the picture changed And we were all together My friends my lovers My mother and my father It all seemed so simple
Sweeter to die Oh than have this waiting This waiting for the night To take me from the light And leave me sleeping Ah sweeter to be Away nowhere Down, vain light! Shine you no no more No more Ah Sweeter than Dahlias to have no name No time No world to go on living in Light to keep me seeing The shame of living in a world Without Love Down Shine you no more Vain light Shine you no more No night is dark enough For we whose souls despair of living Joyless Oh if I must live Show me the place where the dark shadows And night's blackbird Hide from vain rays Hah Sweeter to die Than wait wait wait wait Wait for the night Far from the light Blackbird Sing your sad song Gladly I'd be blackbird No night's dark enough for we whose souls despair Of light Down light Shine you no no more no more Vain light Shine no more Sweeter to die Than wait wait wait wait Wait for the night Far from the light
Oh Is that water? All in a go by my ears Like sheets of sound Into which I lie Oh no Not quite sure yet Am I down low or up high Don't know Where am I? Oh Feel light driven Into my own centre So awareness climbs on No no Not quite sure yet Whether I'm even alive Don't know Am I high? Between the minutes Vague on a few points of fact Between the worlds Never mind all of that I am become my attention It's alternating Low high low high low low low high There was a noise Like a vacuous kitchen Lights outside my head Or could it have just been Sea and sorrow's waves Sorrow's waves Oh no Feeling most unusual Rolling like a wave does This sickness in the pit of me Sea and sorrow's waves Sorrow's waves Oh is that water All in a go by my ears Like sheets of sound Into which I lie No no Not quite sure yet Am I down low or up hight Don't know Where am I Between the minutes Between the worlds Never mind all of that Sea and sorrow's waves Sea and sorrow's waves


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Polymorphia was formed from the ashes of one of San Francisco's greatest live bands of the 1980s, The Black Athletes (ask anyone who saw them), who quite tragically remained unsigned and barely recorded even though they played thousands of shows and had a massive live following. At the height of their popularity they were opening for major non-mainstream bands such as Public Image Ltd. and the Butthole Surfers. Had digital home recording and Youtube existed back then, the story would have turned out differently but those were the days when bands had to have record deals. The Black Athletes broke up for personal reasons before they were properly documented.

I was lucky enough to end up with three members, bassist Jake Rivera, guitarist Anthony Fisher and bassist Joshua Heller (their heavy sound was largely derived from having two bass players) who switched to his true passion of production and engineering. We were joined by the fantastic drummer, Simone White, who had found early success playing with the Disposable Heroes of Hip-hoprisy, and multi-talented percussionist Todd Hermann played with us for a time as well.


released December 31, 1992




Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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