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Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

Word count: 171

Song Cycle by Jake Heggie (b. 1961)

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1. Silence [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Silence", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Silence is all we dread.
There's Ransom in a Voice --
But Silence is Infinity.
Himself have not a face.


Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

2. I’m Nobody! Who are You? [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io non sono nessuno, e tu?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!


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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

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3. Fame [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Fame is a bee.
It has a song --
It has a sting --
Ah, too, it has a wing.


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4. That I did always love [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Que j'ai toujours aimé", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


That I did always love,
I bring thee proof:
That till I loved
I did not love enough.

That I shall love alway,
I offer thee
That love is life,
And life hath immortality.

This, dost thou doubt, sweet?
Then have I
Nothing to show
But Calvary.


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5. Goodnight [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bonne nuit", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Some say goodnight — at night —
I say goodnight by day —
Good-bye — the Going utter me —
Goodnight, I still reply —

For parting, that is night,
And presence, simply dawn —
Itself, the purple on the height
Denominated morn.


Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

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