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Poems & Song Lyrics

  1. Apr 29, 2004 #1
    Let's see what our favourite poetry and song lyrics are. :smile:
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2004 #2

    marcus

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    this is a favorite poem about the universe

    sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
    dominus deus Sabaoth
    pleni sunt coeli et terra
    gloria tua

    as I hear it, the hebrew word Sabaoth (the heavenly host)
    means the laws of physics, and the dominus deus is
    nature itself


    another poem about the universe:

    to see a world in a grain of sand
    and a heaven in a wild flower,
    hold infinity in the palm of your hand
    and eternity in an hour


    another, about discovery

    then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    when a new planet swims into his ken
    or like stout Cortez when, with eagle eyes,
    he stared at the Pacific, and all his men
    looked at each other with a wild surmise,
    silent upon a peak in Darien

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    and Ulysses' speech from the Inferno:

    "frati," dissi, "chi per cento miglia
    perigli siete giunti al occidente,
    a questa tanto picciola vigilia

    dei nostri sensi ch'e del rimanente
    non volete negar l'esperienza
    di retro al sol, del mondo senza gente

    considerate le vostre semenza
    fatti non foste a viver come brutti
    ma per sequir virtute e conoscenza."

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    [literal transl.:
    brothers, I said, who through a myriad
    dangers have reached the west,
    to this too brief time remaining

    when our senses are awake
    do not deny experience
    of the solar path and the unpeopled world

    consider your roots
    you were not made to live like animals
    but to follow virtue and knowledge]

    these are as I recall them, with
    whatever mistakes of spelling (which in the case of
    the Dante would probably be quite a few) and
    punctuation
     
  4. Apr 29, 2004 #3
    My website, http://www.quantumdream.net, has three neat poems interspersed amongst the physics.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2004 #4
    quddusaliquddus and marcus,

    The Odyssey by Homer is my choice for the all-time great poem, bridging primitive and modern, a superlative classic.

    Modern harmonies beats out lyrics most anyday.

    Whence cometh your nomen, quddusaliquddus?
     
  6. Apr 29, 2004 #5
    Nelly Furtado - Try

    All I know
    Is everything is not as it's sold
    but the more I grow the less I know
    And I have lived so many lives
    Though I'm not old
    And the more I see, the less I grow
    The fewer the seeds the more I sow

    Then I see you standing there
    Wanting more from me
    And all I can do is try
    Then I see you standing there
    Wanting more from me
    And all I can do is try

    I wish I hadn't seen all of the realness
    And all the real people are really not real at all
    The more I learn the more I cry
    As I say goodbye to the way of life
    I thought I had designed for me

    Then I see you standing there
    Wanting more from me
    And all I can do is try
    Then I see you standing there
    I'm all I'll ever be
    But all I can do is try
    Try

    All of the moments that already passed
    We'll try to go back and make them last
    All of the things we want each other to be
    We never will be
    And that's wonderful, and that's life
    And that's you, baby
    This is me, baby
    And we are, we are, we are, we are
    Free
    In our love
    We are free in our love
     
  7. Apr 29, 2004 #6
    Chantel Kreviazuk - Waiting

    Well it all comes down to the things that I never even wanted
    I should live my life without holding on to you
    But its hard to see the sky through the clouds when its raining...
    I know somewhere it's blue
    Well it all comes down to the love that was never really given
    I should've taken more than time to get the truth
    And its hard to believe that you couldn't recognize my tears
    I glued them on for you.
    Waiting to fall apart
    Waiting and it all comes down to you
    When it all breaks down I won't be the one that's running
    But under every rock and stone I try to hide
    And it's hard to believe that behind this smile there are tears...
    I hold them all inside
    Waiting to fall apart
    Waiting and it comes down
    Waiting to fall apart
    Waiting and it all comes down to you
    I hear you calling, I know that voice
    I hear you calling, I have no choice
    I hear you calling, I know that voice
    I hear you calling...
    Waiting...
    Well it all comes down to the things that I never even wanted
    I should live my life without holding on to you
    And it's hard to believe that you couldn't recognize my tears
    I glued them on for you.
    Waiting to fall apart
    Waiting and it all comes down... To you.
     
  8. Apr 30, 2004 #7
    :biggrin: I am definitely seeing you guys in a new light. Folk songs coming up next? :biggrin:
     
  9. Apr 30, 2004 #8
    Loren, I'm a bit rusty on my old-english ...
    "Whence cometh your nomen, quddusaliquddus?" ?

    And Polly ... go on ... you can smurk all you like, but when are we gonna read your favourites? :D
     
  10. Apr 30, 2004 #9
    No ballad beats George Michael's "Careless Whispers" and "Jesus to a Child"

    I'l assume we've all heard Careless Whispers;

    Jesus to a Child:
    =================================
    Kindness In your eyes
    I guess You heard me cry
    You smiled at me
    Like Jesus to a child

    I'm blessed I know
    Heaven sent And Heaven stole
    You smiled at me
    Like Jesus to a child

    And what have I learned
    From all this pain
    I thought I'd never feel the same
    About anyone
    Or anything again

    But now I know
    When you find love
    When you know that it exists
    Then the lover that you miss
    Will come to you on those cold, cold nights

    When you've been loved
    When you know it holds such bliss
    Then the lover that you kissed
    Will comfort you when there's no hope in sight

    Sadness In my eyes
    No one guessed
    Or no one tried
    You smiled at me
    Like Jesus to a child

    Loveless and cold
    With your last breath
    You saved my soul
    You smiled at me
    Like Jesus to a child

    And what have I learned
    From all these tears
    I've waited for you all those years
    And just when it began
    He took your love away

    But I still say
    When you find love
    When you know that it exists
    Then the lover that you miss
    Will come to you on those cold, cold nights

    When you've been loved
    When you know it holds such bliss
    Then the lover that you kissed
    Will comfort you when there's no hope in sight

    So the words you could not say
    I'll sing them for you
    And the love we would have made
    I'll make it for two

    For every single memory
    Has become a part of me
    You will always be My love

    Well I've been loved
    So I know just what love is
    And the lover that I kissed
    Is always by my side

    Oh the lover I still miss
    Was Jesus to a child
    =================================
    ...but it's really gotta be heard to be appreciated
    :D
     
  11. Apr 30, 2004 #10
    quddusaliquddus
    Where does your user name come from?
     
  12. Apr 30, 2004 #11
    It's not my real name. It's just what I read written on a piece of paper in front of me while I was choosing the login. It was "Quddus Ali" and I added the extra "Quddus" to make it a little bit more interesting.

    Now...eh-hem... whence cometh your nomen, Loren Booda?

    Why the question: Didn't you know how to pronounce it or something?
     
  13. Apr 30, 2004 #12
    Mine is my given name, believe it or not.

    Yours sounded Latin; "ali" meaning "some," and "quod" meaning "that which."
     
  14. Apr 30, 2004 #13

    marcus

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    It sounded a bit latin to me too.

    I believe "aliquid" is the Latin word for "something" or "anything"
     
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  15. Apr 30, 2004 #14

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    Excerpt from The Aeneid, Translated by Gavin Douglas 1513


    THE FIRST BUIK OF ENEADOS CAP. XII
    Eneas first excusis him, and syne
    Addressis to rehers Troys rwyne.


    1.12.1 Thai ceissit all at anis incontinent,
    1.12.2 With mowthis clois, and visage takand tent.
    1.12.3 Prince Eneas, frome the hie bed, with that,
    1.12.4 Into his seige riall quhar he sat,
    1.12.5 Begouth and said: Thi desyir, lady, is
    1.12.6 Renewing of ontellable sorow, I wis,
    1.12.7 To schaw how Grekis did spuilye and destroy
    1.12.8 The greit riches and lamentable realm of Troy,
    1.12.9 And huge misery quhilk I thair beheld,
    1.12.10 Quharof myself ane greit part bair and feld;
    1.12.11 Quhat Marmidon, or Gregion Dolopes,
    1.12.12 Or knycht wageor to cruell Ulixes,
    1.12.13 Sic materes to rehers, or yit to heir,
    1.12.14 Mycht thaime contene fra weping mony ane teir?
    1.12.15 And now the hevin ourquhelmis the donk nycht,
    1.12.16 Quhen the declining of the sternis brycht
    1.12.17 To sleip and rest perswades our appetite;
    1.12.18 But sen thou hes sic plesour and delite
    1.12.19 To knaw our chance, and fall of Troy in weir,
    1.12.20 And schortlie the last end thairof wald heir,
    1.12.21 Albeit my spreit abhorris, and doth grise
    1.12.22 Thairon for to ramembir, and oft sise
    1.12.23 Murnand eschewis thairfra with greit diseis,
    1.12.24 Yit than I sall begyne yow for to pleis.
     
  16. May 1, 2004 #15
    Latin eh? ... lol ... I didn't know so many of you guys knew latin
     
  17. May 6, 2004 #16
    Elton John - I Want Love

    I want love, but it's impossible
    A man like me, so irresponsible
    A man like me is dead in places
    Other men feel liberated

    I can't love, shot full of holes
    Don't feel nothing, I just feel cold
    Don't feel nothing, just old scars
    Toughening up around my heart

    But I want love, just a different kind
    I want love, won't break me down
    Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
    I want a love that don't mean a thing
    That's the love I want, I want love

    I want love on my own terms
    After everything I've ever learned
    Me, I carry too much baggage
    Oh man I've seen so much traffic

    But I want love, just a different kind
    I want love, won't break me down
    Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
    I want a love that don't mean a thing
    That's the love I want, I want love

    So bring it on, I've been bruised
    Don't give me love that's clean and smooth
    I'm ready for the rougher stuff
    No sweet romance, I've had enough

    A man like me is dead in places
    Other men feel liberated

    But I want love, just a different kind
    I want love, won't break me down
    Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
    I want a love that don't mean a thing
    That's the love I want, I want love

    I want love, just a different kind
    I want love, won't break me down
    Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
    I want a love that don't mean a thing
    That's the love I want, I want love
     
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  18. May 7, 2004 #17

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    This isn't really a philosophical discussion. Moving to General Discussion.
     
  19. May 12, 2004 #18
    Sorry about that hypnagogue.
     
  20. May 12, 2004 #19

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    Marillion - The Great Escape

    Heading for the great escape
    Heading for the rave
    Heading for the permanent holiday

    Heading for the winter trip
    Heading for the slide
    Heading for the dignified walk away

    Heading for the open road
    Goodbye to all that
    Heading for the automatic overload

    Standing in the open boat
    Standing in the swing
    Waiting for the ringing and the bright light

    Waiting to be recognised
    Quiet applause will do
    They shower you with flowers when they bury you

    You're holding on, you're holding on ...

    Just when I thought I'd seen the last of you
    You come here scratchin' at my door
    Your pain and anger's in the howling dark
    Of every corridor I walk

    So tell me more about the love that you rejected
    Tell me more about the trust you disrespected
    I still don't know, why did you hurt the very one
    Why did you hurt the very one that you should have protected?

    Don't ask me why I'm doing this
    You wouldn't understand
    You're asking the wrong questions
    You couldn't understand

    A bridge is not a high place
    The fifty-second floor
    Icarus would know
    A mountain isn't far to fall

    When you've fallen from the moon

    There's murder on the street
    I'm ashes on the water now, somewhere far away

    I have fallen, fallen from the moon


    I like it a lot... can you guess the theme behind it though??


    And an excerpt from the Union Underground's song "Natural High"

    Forget the future, regret the past
    No present tense is gonna last.
     
  21. May 12, 2004 #20

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    Gosh, I am so low-brow compared to the rest of you folks. :uhh:

    As a kid I heard a song by a South African folk group with a female lead singer that included this lyric, which always thrilled me for some reason that I can't put my finger on:

    "It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
    You taught me all I know and I never looked back.
    It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack."

    Speaking of Elton John, there is the part of his song "Benny and the Jets" that must have been saying, "She's got electric boots and mohair suits," but the closest that my adolescent brain could come to figuring out what he was singing was, "She's got electric boobs and mohair pubes," which I still think has some potential.
     
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