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Lyr Req: Rakim (Dead Can Dance)

GUEST,Kaja 20 Jun 00 - 02:11 AM
Rana who SHOULD be working 20 Jun 00 - 02:10 PM
Sorcha 20 Jun 00 - 06:28 PM
GUEST,999 15 Sep 12 - 11:05 PM
maeve 12 Jan 14 - 07:22 AM
maeve 12 Jan 14 - 07:43 AM
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Subject: Dead Can Dance
From: GUEST,Kaja
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:11 AM

I've searched all I can, so now I'm coming back to the experts. Dead Can Dance have an opening song on Toward the Within that seems mostly improv instrumentally, but includes a very beautiful vocal line sung in Romani. I have found the lyrics in english but I don't know enough to translate them back. Does anyone know them, or know anyone who speaks enough Romani to figure them out? I'm not sure which dialect they're in, but I would really like to have them up for my show this summer. The song is called Rakim. Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks,

Kaja

ceskylev@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: Rana who SHOULD be working
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:10 PM

One of my favourite bands - seen them live 3 times. Can't help directly with the request but have you tried posing the question on alt.music.enigma-dcd-etc?

Regards Rana


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 06:28 PM

InObu would probably know.........if he checks in sometime.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 11:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXb2-J7yIIA

This link is to an 8 minute video--excellently done--by Dead Can Dance doing Rakim. Lyrics are there also, I expect at the end.


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Subject: ADD: Rakim (Dead Can Dance)
From: maeve
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 07:22 AM

I'm slow following up on 999's link: "Dead Can Dance - R..." The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement. "

I found this: Dead Can Dance - Rakim (HD) (YouTube)- hammer dulcimer, etc.

and these lyrics in English:
"Songwriters: Perry, Brendan / Gerrard, Lisa

Rakim

RAKIM
(Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard)

Favored son
Turn in the garden
Shades of one
Sins forgotten
Favored signs to find hope
In the rounds of life
Favored rhymes to find hope
In the sands of life
Favored son
Fence in your heart
Saviored son
Sins forgotten


Found here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/dead+can+dance/rakim_20038101.html

I also read many comments at various sites claiming it was sung in vocables rather than words, though the English language lyrics pasted herein match the sung lyrics starting about 4:20 in the YouTube link. I suspect the vocables are in the background vocals sung by Lisa Gerrard rather than the melody words sung by Brendan Perry.

I like the arrangement. Perhaps someone else can take a fresh look for original lyric transcription.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: maeve
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 07:43 AM

A thought: Do we know for sure the words Brendan Perry sings are Romani?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 09:01 AM

Brendan Perry may be reachable via Facebook. Might be quicker to ask him there although he has 12000 friends and likely hasn't the time to answer every question he's asked. However . . .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: maeve
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 10:31 AM

Good suggestion, unnamed Guest. That's not something I can do. Anyone else up for making this query?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dead Can Dance
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 10:38 AM

I found reference on other websites that the original lyrics (requested 13+ years ago) "might be" Turkish, or "might be" in some Arabic language. I tried to find information on the lyrics to "Sanvean" a few years ago, and found that it wasn't a language, just sounds. Not quite overtone singing, not quite scat, but something of both. I'd guess on this song, the English lyrics are the only lyrics there are.


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Subject: Lyr ADD: Rakim- from Dead Can Dance
From: maeve
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 10:59 AM

Hi Jeri- thanks for your thoughts. I'm still working on the Unanswered Requests, and this one now seems complete as far as available information. Whether the DT harvesters choose to include the new information is up to them!

Rakim - from Dead Can Dance

Favored son
Turn in the garden
Shades of one
Sins forgotten
Favored signs to find hope
In the rounds of life
Favored rhymes to find hope
In the sands of life
Favored son
Fence in your heart
Saviored son
Sins forgotten


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