If You Go Away on a Summers Day

Posted: March 17, 2008 in All and Sundry, Music Reviews, Musings, Stumbled Upon
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Currently falling in love with Emiliana Torrini’s “If You Go Away,” the English Version of Jacue Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas” written by Rod Mckuen. Without traces of Brel’s simple French bittersweet undercurrents, Emiliana’s version is more of an alternative rock ballad that is both screaming melancholic and silently passionate. Music swells, and there’s some  belting in the chorus. One thing I noticed in some bars is that she sometimes sounds like Bjork minus the impishness.

Literally, I cried over this song tonight. The first stanza explains everything:

if you go away on this summer’s day
then you might as well take the sun away
all the birds that flew in the summer sky
when our love was new and our hearts were high
and the day was young and the nights were long
and the moon stood still for the night birds’ song
if you go away, if you go away, if you go away

Beautiful. Listen to the song and watch the video on youtube.

  1. ella says:

    my dad has the rod mckuen version and the original french version of this on vinyl. hehe i just remembered. 🙂

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