Songs from Quito
Martin Wesley-Smith (b. 1945)
These songs are from Quito, a music theatre piece about a young East Timorese schizophrenic whose body was found, in 1990, hanging from his pyjama cord, in Royal Darwin Hospital. We see Quito's tragedy as a metaphor for the tragedy of his homeland.
Quito wrote the words of Flowers are blue soon after he was shot through the neck by police during a domestic disturbance and the song Oh Lord was also written by Quito himself. I am the cock that killed the king represents his last attempt to fight back against the invading forces - "the wind that comes from the sea" - before finally succumbing to the sweetness of death.