Well, I owe Jane and k.d. a bit of an apology. In a comment on that recent post about Leonard Cohen's death, I described this song thusly: "...a duet of which the lyrics were mostly the names of female saints. It's probably meant as a feminist-lesbian thing, but whatever, it's really beautiful." Of the three parts of that description, only the third is accurate. I'm embarrassed that I described this beautiful prayer as a socio-political statement. I don't know why I didn't remember that the saints' names were only an intro, or why I thought it was only female saints. I suppose I made the lesbian-feminist assumption first because of the mistake about the saints, and then because k.d. lang is a lesbian and I had some vague notion that Siberry might be, maybe because she has an album called When I Was a Boy.
Anyway. Never mind all that. At least I got the "really beautiful" part right, except that it's kind of an understatement.
Siberry wrote the song. She's an artist to whom I 've wanted to return for a while. Back in the late '80s I was introduced to her by a co-worker who lent me several of Siberry's LPs. I liked them, liked them quite a lot actually, and bought my own copies, but with one thing and another, including not having a good turntable for a long time, and being generally overwhelmed with the amount of music available to me for the past 15 years or so, I've only heard them once or twice since then. Time to dig them out of the closet.