This text was written by John Cale for the sleeve of the Words For The Dying album, june 1989.
While the Argentine Flag was being raised on South Georgia, I was feverishly embarking on a comprehensive setting of the collected poems of Dylan Thomas. Each night I would sit with Alan Lanier in his apartment in New York City trashing form one poem to another with the tape running. By the end of the war I had arrived at "Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed" and it seemed that of the nine poems done in all four that felt all of a piece. The interludes came later, around the time of the preparation of the premiere in Amsterdam's Paradiso on Nov. 14 and 15, 1987.
John Cale, june 1989