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THE FLOWER DUET from LAKME by Leo Delibes, new English translation by Joel Sattler 

 

LAKMÉ:
Look Mallika! Lianes are in bloom 
Casting downward their shadows 
Over the sacred stream that flows calm and somber 
Awakened by the sound of the song-happy birds!

 

MALLIKA: 
Oh dear mistress! 
It's time at last I see you smiling 
The time has come and I am reading 
What was closed up in the heart of Lakme!

 

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dome canopy sweet jasmine 
All the roses forever 
Flowers in the morn freshly born 
Call us to come together 
Ah glide along and sing along 
The current so strong 
The sun so hot the water is shimmering 
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly 
Cutting through the edge 
While birds are singing singing sing enchanted 
Dome canopy white jasmine 
Call us to come together 
Please

 

MALLIKA [in duet with Lakme, above]: 
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine 
All the roses forever 
River flowers in the morn freshly born
Let us both go down together 
Gently we glide on and we float along 
Follow the current so strong 
The sun so hot the water is shimmering 
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly 
Come let us reach the edge 
Where the spring sleeps 
And birds singing, sing enchanted 
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
Let us go down together

 

LAKME: 
I, don't know what overcame me 
To fill my heart full of fear 
When my father goes down alone to the doomed city 
I tremble, I tremble, my dear

 

MALLIKA: 
Ganesha will watch over his protege 
Up til the pond where the merry do play 
With wings of snow swans are swimming 
Come let us pick the lotus blue

 

LAKME: 
Oh yes, let's go where white swans are swimming 
And let us pick the lotus blue

 

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dome canopy sweet jasmine 
All the roses forever 
Flowers in the morn freshly born 
Call us to come together 
Ah glide along and sing along 
The current so strong 
The sun so hot the water is shimmering 
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly 
Cutting through the edge 
While birds are singing singing sing enchanted 
Dome canopy white jasmine 
Call us to come together 
Please

 

MALLIKA [in duet with Lakme, above]: 
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine 
All the roses forever 
River flowers in the morn freshly born
Let us both go down together 
Gently we glide on and we float along 
Follow the current so strong 
The sun so hot the water is shimmering 
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly 
Come let us reach the edge 
Where the spring sleeps 
And birds singing, sing enchanted 
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
Let us go down together


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Original lyrics in French by Edmond Gondinet :

 

LAKMÉ 
Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs 
Jettent déjà leur ombre 
Sur le ruisseau sacré qui coule, calme et sombre, 
Eveillé par le chant des oiseaux tapageurs!

 

MALLIKA 
Oh! maîtresse, 
C'est l'heure ou je te vois sourire, 
L'heure bénie où je puis lire 
dans le c'ur toujours fermé de Lakmé!

 

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dôme épais le jasmin, 
A la rose s'assemble, 
Rive en fleurs frais matin, 
Nous appellent ensemble. 
Ah! glissons en suivant 
Le courant fuyant: 
Dans l'on de frémissante, 
D'une main nonchalante, 
Gagnons le bord, 
Où l'oiseau chante, l'oiseau, l'oiseau chante. 
Dôme épais, blanc jasmin, 
Nous appellent ensemble!

 

MALLIKA 
Sous le dôme épais, où le blanc jasmin 
A la rose s'assemble, 
Sur la rive en fleurs riant au matin, 
Viens, descendons ensemble. 
Doucement glissons 
De son flot charmant 
Suivons le courant fuyant: 
Dans l'on de frémissante, 
D'une main nonchalante, 
Viens, gagnons le bord, 
Où la source dort 
Et l'oiseau, l'oiseau chante. 
Sous le dôme épais, 
Sous le blanc jasmin, 
Ah! descendons ensemble!

 

LAKMÉ 
Mais, je ne sais quelle crainte subite, 
S'empare de moi, 
Quand mon père va seul à leur ville maudite; 
Je tremble, je tremble d'effroi!

 

MALLIKA 
Pourquoi le Dieu Ganeça le protège, 
Jusqu'à l'étang où s'ébattent joyeux 
Les cygnes aux ailes de neige, 
Allons cueillir les lotus bleus.

 

LAKMÉ 
Oui, près des cygnes aux ailes de neige, 
Allons cueillir les lotus bleus.

 

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dôme épais le jasmin, 
A la rose s'assemble, 
Rive en fleurs frais matin, 
Nous appellent ensemble. 
Ah! glissons en suivant 
Le courant fuyant: 
Dans l'on de frémissante, 
D'une main nonchalante, 
Gagnons le bord, 
Où l'oiseau chante, l'oiseau, l'oiseau chante. 
Dôme épais, blanc jasmin, 
Nous appellent ensemble!

 

MALLIKA 
Sous le dôme épais, où le blanc jasmin 
A la rose s'assemble, 
Sur la rive en fleurs riant au matin, 
Viens, descendons ensemble. 
Doucement glissons 
De son flot charmant 
Suivons le courant fuyant: 
Dans l'on de frémissante, 
D'une main nonchalante, 
Viens, gagnons le bord, 
Où la source dort 
Et l'oiseau, l'oiseau chante. 
Sous le dôme épais, 
Sous le blanc jasmin, 
Ah! descendons ensemble!

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With all the talk of leftwing/right wing politics bullshit, and the banning of members for expressing their views(albeit in a rude manner),

here is a slice of pure British anarchist punk from 1980. Crass were, and still are, one of my favourites. This is true anarchism. In the lyrics of one of their other songs "Left wing/Right wing, you can stuff the lot"

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On 7/25/2019 at 5:16 AM, neti neti said:

 

 

I am not much of an electronic music fan(I am an old fart after all) but, this has excellent creativity that helps me see in new ways.  That is the most I can ask of any art.

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9 hours ago, moment said:

 

I am not much of an electronic music fan(I am an old fart after all) but, this has excellent creativity that helps me see in new ways.  That is the most I can ask of any art.

Cool, moment. Glad you can appreciate its depth. It truly does seem like a lot went into that production. :)

 

I enjoy the genre, but I really appreciate the ones that have dedicated film, animated or otherwise, for the entire album. Their vision shows through, and work like that must have been in the making for quite some time...

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I can't help but imagine Michael Jackson as the lead here. A classic nonetheless...

 

 

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The clash of cacophony and harmony--perfect for the changes here. 

 

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@Nungali

 

Thought you might like this. Ran across Hamza El Din years ago in my world music foray. Liked it enough to buy it.

 

 

 

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Good blues are basic purity and depth of emotion.

 

 

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William Ackerman, through his guitar and particularly through his arrangements on this album with its particular progressions, enlivens, or brings awareness and presence to notions within my sense of self, that abide beyond words.

 

Through his music... upon hearing that which arises from his mind and is transmitted through his fingers, to his instrument, through the air and to my ears and thus my mind... I find such familiarity, harmonic resonance and peaceful exuberance that words are unecessary, impotent even and I simply abide in the knowing flow of the music.  It causes a recurring question without a pat answer to arise again in my mind which is... where does music live?  Is it in the mind of the musician?  In the breath, fingers or strings and valves of the instrument?  In the air?  In the mind of the listener? 

 

A friend of 3 decades recently prompted me to begin a list of the albums I have most listened to in their entirety, front to back in my life.  This one, is high on the list.  Top Five.  Perfect Sunday Simplicity.

 

 

 

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