A Thousand Years of Love

Song Cycle by Bruce Adolphe (b. 1955)

Word count: 648

1. Tonight, when there is no moon [sung text checked 1 time]

Tonight, when there is no moon
I lie awake wanting him so;
Passion burns my heart.

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2. What's wrong with me? [sung text checked 1 time]

What's wrong with me?
With this whole world full of men
Why can I think only of you?

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3. O mistress mine [sung text checked 1 time]

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear, your true love's coming 
That can sing both high and low.

[Trip]1 no [further]2, pretty sweeting;
[Journeys]3 end in lovers' meeting,
Ev'ry wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:

[In]4 delay there lies no plenty;
Then [come kiss]5 me, sweet and twenty;
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Paavo Cajander)
  • FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo)
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "O Fräulein meins! Woher du wanderst", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "O mia signora", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Korngold: "O trip"
2 [sic] ; and Hall: "farther"
3 Korngold: "For journeyes"
4 Korngold: "And in"
5 Korngold: "come and kiss"

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4. Luci serene e chiare [sung text checked 1 time]

Luci serene e chiare,
Voi m'incendete, voi, ma [prova il]1 core
Nell'incendio diletto, non dolore.
Dolci parole e care,
Voi mi ferite, voi, ma prova il petto
Non dolor [nella]2 piaga, ma diletto.
O miracol d'Amore!
Alma [che è]3 tutta foco e tutta [sangue]4
Si [strugge e]5 non si duol, [more e]6 non langue.

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  • ENG English (Bruce Adolphe) , "Eyes serene and clear", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Yeux sereins et clairs", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Heitere, funkelnde Augen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "prov'il", passim.
2 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "ne la"
3 Adolphe, Monteverdi: "ch'è"
4 Monteverdi: "sange"
5 Monteverdi: "strugg'e"
6 Adolphe: "mor' e"; Monteverdi: "muor e"

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5. Lean your cheek [sung text checked 1 time]

Lean your cheek, rest a moment
on my drunken cheek
So I may forget the war and cruelty inside me.
You have opened the seven gates of heaven;
Now lay Your hand on my tightened heart.
All I have to offer is an illusion: my self.
I’m not asking for some sweet pistachio candy;
But your everlasting love.
Fifty times I have said, “Heart, cease hunting.
Step into this net.”

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6. Were it undo [sung text checked 1 time]

I loved a child of this countrie,
And so I wend he had do me;
Now myself the sooth I see.
That he is far.
Were it undo that is y-do.
I would bewar.

He said to me he would be true,
And change me for none other new;
Now I sykke and pale of hue
For he is far.

Were it undo that is y-do.
I would bewar.

He said his saws he would fulfil
Therefore I let him have all his will;
Now I sykke and mourne still
For he is gone.

Were it undo that is y-do.
I would bewar.

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7. In amerika [sung text checked 1 time]

In amerika forn furn,
Barg aruf, barg arop.
Un az der bocher libt di meydl,
Leygt er far ir di kop!

In amerika bakt men beygl
Oyf a gantsn yor.
Un az der bocher libt di meydl,
Nemt er ir on a kopke gelt!

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Note: adapted from a 19th century anonymous Yiddish poem.


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8. Valley girl in love [sung text checked 1 time]

Once, I was like,
You know...whatever!
But then I met this guy.
He’s like....Ah!
I’m like....Ah!
It’s so totally,
You know.
He’s in love with me:
Not!

Now, it’s so cool,
Totally awesome!
I’m so like totally...
He’s like...Ah!
I’m like...Ah!
It’s so totally
You know!
I’m so totally...
I’m like...I’m like...
AH!

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9. Lunar Joe [sung text checked 1 time]

It was down by a deep moon crater
A few light-years ago,
In the glow of a super nova
That I met Lunar Joe.

In his right hand he held my left,
With his left hand he held my right;
With his other hand he gently stroked my hair
All through the purple night.

He bid me leave my planet 
To visit a distant star;
Together we would tool about 
In his intergalactic car.

I gazed into his orange eyes
And into his blue one, too;
I said, “Although you’re the best of guys,
I’m too young to give all to you.”

Since then there have been a few suitors
Some human, others not quite;
But none has gently stroked my hair
All through the purple night.

Oh, Lunar Joe, I miss you so!
I’ve loved no one but you!
No one but you!

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10. Chanson d'amour [sung text checked 1 time]

J'aime tes yeux, j'aime ton front,
Ô ma rebelle, ô ma farouche,
J'aime tex yeux, j'aime ta bouche
Où mes baisers s'épuiseront.

J'aime ta voix, j'aime l'étrange
Grâce de tout ce que tu dis,
Ô ma rebelle, ô mon cher ange,
Mon enfer et mon paradis!1

J'aime tout ce qui te fait belle,
De tes pieds jusqu'à tes cheveux,
Ô toi vers qui montent mes vœux,
[Ô ma farouche, ô ma rebelle!]2

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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "Song of love", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Nele Gramß) , "Liebeslied", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Adolphe repeats the first line here.
2 omitted by Adolphe.

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