The sun is falling and it lies in blood The moon is weaving bandages of gold Old Black Swan where oh where is my lover now Where oh where is my lover now
Torn and tattered is my bridal gown and my lamp is lost With silver needles and with silver threads The stars stitch a route for the dying sun Old Black Swan where oh where is my lover now
I had given him a kiss and a golden ring And a golden ring I had given him a kiss of fire and a golden ring Oh with silver needles and with silver threads The stars stitch a route for the dying sun
Black Wing o Black Wing take me down with you Take me down with you take me down with you Take me down with you Old Black Swan take me down with you I had given him a kiss of fire Take me down with you
--Thank you to Roger Nupie for the transcription of the lyrics
This is an aria from the opera The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti (music and libretto). Opened on 1947 at Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway, The Medium was made into a motion picture in 1951, won a price at the Film Festival of Cannes in 1952, and had a nominee for the Oscar Price in 1953, category "Best scoring of a musical picture".
Synopsis of The Medium. Madam Flora, her daughter Monica and Toby, the mute servant boy, prepare their shabby apartment with tricks to be used during the evening's seance. Mr and Mrs Gobineau arrive, regular clients, and Mrs Nolan, a widow coming for the first time. During the seance Mrs Nolan recognizes her dead daughter, but Madame Flora becomes hysterical when a cold hand seems to touch her throat; she suspects Toby, but he cannot answer her accusations. In the end, Madame Flora, after drinking heavily, shoots Toby in the dark, killing him. From OpAnon.