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Consent was commissioned in 2014 by the Yale Choral Artists, Jeffrey Douma, director

lyrics

i want you
i want to

i want you
i want to

i want you
i want to

I do.

I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you
It will be good, we can do it, and we need it.

It can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back.

I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you
It will be good, we can do it, and we need it
I miss you too, in a heart-aching kind of way.

All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security -
It can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back.

I do.
I just took care of your daughter.

* * *

Declare your consent
The missing you hurts
You’ll be in it soon
What a way to feel
Who gives this woman

* * *

i want you
i want to

All of it shall be mortgageable -
I just took care of your daughter
and bound as security -
she said you could take a picture

i want you
i want to

I just took care of your daughter and made sure she was safe
she was so in love with me that night
I ask you to state your intentions

All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security -
it can be taken from me, even from the shirt on my back -
during my lifetime and after this lifetime,
this day and forever.

I just took care of your daughter and made sure she was safe
she said you could take a picture
she looks dead lmao

* * *
I do.

I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you
It will be good, we can do it, and we need it.
I miss you too, in a heart-aching kind of way
I’m really looking forward to adding to it

All of it can be mortgageable and bound as security -
it can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back -
during my lifetime and after this lifetime
this day and forever

How have you been holding out on me with that picture for so long?
she said you could take a picture
oh i am looking at all my pictures of you

You don’t even want to know what I’m imagining you doing right now
she was so in love with me that night
Declare your consent before God

I just took care of your daughter when she was drunk

* * *

This original amount, I accept upon myself and my heirs after me -
It can be paid from the best part of my property and possessions
that I own under all the heavens.
All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security -
it can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back -
during my lifetime and after this lifetime -
from this day and forever.

even from the shirt on my back
she said you could take a picture
I refuse to get excited

Will you accept children lovingly from God?
Declare your consent before God and the church.

I felt knowing what was right
she looks dead lmao
i just took care of your daughter

but i also know we are equal to almost any…
she said you could take a picture

Who gives this woman?



text:
love letters I wrote in 2006
love letters my father wrote in 1962

The Catholic Rite of Marriage
Traditional Jewish Ketubah (Wedding contract)

text messages by Trent Mays and Lucas Herrington,
used as evidence in the Steubenville Rape Trial, 2013

credits

from Sound from the Bench, released March 24, 2017
performed by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor
produced by Nick Tipp and Ted Hearne

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Ted Hearne Brooklyn, New York

Ted writes and performs music. He lives in Los Angeles.

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