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1. Babel - 3:29
2. Whispers in the Dark - 3:15
3. I Will Wait - 4:51
4. Holland Road - 4:13
5. Ghosts That We Knew - 5:39
6. Lover of the Light - 5:14
7. Lovers' Eyes - 5:21
8. Reminder - 2:04
9. Hopeless Wanderer - 5:07
10. Broken Crown - 4:16
11. Below My Feet - 4:52
12. Not with Haste - 4:09

   

Babel

Babele

‘Cos I know that time has numbered my days
And I'll go along with everything you say
But I'll ride home laughing
Look at me now
Through the walls of my town they come crumbling down

Poiché lo so che i miei giorni sono contati
E che sarò d’accordo con ogni cosa che tu dici
Ma tornerò a casa di corsa ridendo
Guardami ora
Attraverso le pareti della mia città che si stanno sbriciolando

And my ears hear the call of
My unborn sons
And I know that choices colour all I've done
But I'll explain it all to the watchman's son
I ain't ever lived a year better spent in love

E le mie orecchie sentono il richiamo dei miei figli non nati
E riconosco tutte le scelte di (qualsiasi) colore che ho fatto
Ma le spiegherò al figlio del guardiano
Non ho mai vissuto un anno migliore di un anno speso a cercare l'amore

Cos I'll know my weakness, know my voice
And I'll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is fast
But I'll be borne without a mask

Perché conoscerò la mia debolezza,
la mia voce
E credo nella grazia e nel libero arbitrio
E so che forse il mio cuore è veloce,
Ma sarò nato senza una maschera (sul viso)

Like the city that nurtured my greed and my pride
I stretch my arms into the sky
I cry Babel, Babel look at me now
Through the walls of my town they come crumbling down

Come la città che alimenta la mia avidità e il mio orgoglio
Tendo le braccia verso il cielo
Piango Babele, Babele guardami adesso
Attraverso le pareti della mia città che si stanno sbriciolando

You ask where will we stand in the winds that will howl
As all we see will slip into the cloud
So come down from your mountain and stand where we been
You know our breath is weak and our body thin

 

Press my nose up to the glass around your heart
I should've known I was weaker from the start
You'll build your walls and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down
Well I'm gonna tear, tear them down

 

Cos I know my weakness,
Know my voice
And I'll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is fast,
But I'll be born without a mask

Perché conoscerò la mia debolezza,
la mia voce
E credo nella grazia e nel libero arbitrio
E so che forse il mio cuore è veloce,
Ma sarò nato senza una maschera (sul viso)

Whispers in the Dark

Sussurri nell’oscurità

You hold your truth so purely
Well swerve not through the minds of men
This lie is dead
And this cup of yours tastes holy
But a brush with the Devil can clear your mind
And strengthen your spine
But fingers tap into what you were once
And I'm worried that I blew my only chance

Mantieni la tua verità così pura
Non ti fai deviare dalle menti degli uomini
Questa menzogna è morta
E questo tuo calice ha il gusto della santità
Ma un colpo di pennello del diavolo può cancellare (tutto) dalla tua mente
E raddrizzare la tua spina dorsale
Ma le dita toccano quello che eri una volta
E temo di aver gettato via la mia unica possibilità

Whispers in the dark
Steal a kiss and you'll break your heart
Pick up your clothes and curl your toes
Learn your lesson, lead me home
Spare my sins for the ark
I was too slow to depart
I'm a cad but I'm not a fraud
I'd set out to serve the Lord

Sussurri nel buio
Ruba un bacio e infrangerai un cuore
Raccogli i tuoi vestiti e tendi le dita dei piedi
Impara la tua lezione, riportami a casa.
Risparmia i tuoi peccati per l'Arca
Sono stato troppo lento per partire
Io non sono una brava persona, ma non inganno nessuno
Avevo deciso di servire il Signore (1)

But my heart was colder when you'd gone
And I lost my head but found the one that I love
Under the sun, under the sun

 

But fingers tap into what you were once
And I'm worried that I blew my only chance
Fingers tap into what you were once
And I'm worried that I blew my only chance

 

But my heart was colder when you'd gone
And I lost my head
Let's live while we are young
While we are young, while are young
While we are young

 

I Will Wait

Aspetterò

Well I came home
Like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of dust
Which we've known
Will blow away with this new sun

Beh, sono tornato a casa
Come una pietra
E sono caduto pesantemente tra le tue braccia
Questi giorni di polvere
Che abbiamo conosciuto
Saranno spazzati via con questo nuovo sole

But I'll kneel down
Wait for now
And I'll kneel down
Know my ground

Ma io mi metterò in ginocchio
In attesa
E mi metterò in ginocchio
Il mio posto è questo

And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you

E ti aspetterò
E ti aspetterò

So break my step
And relent
Well you forgave and I won't forget
Know what we've seen
And him with less
Now in some way shake the excess

Quindi mi fermo (rompo il passo, mil.)
E mi arrendo
Bene, tu (mi) perdoni ed io non dimenticherò
Quel che abbiamo vissuto assieme lo sappiamo
Lui, molto meno
Ora, cerchiamo di dimenticare gli errori

'Cause I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you

 

Now I'll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
A tethered mind freed from the lies

 

And I'll kneel down
Wait for now
I'll kneel down
Know my ground

 

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

 

'Cause I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you
And I will wait I will wait for you

 

Holland Road

Holland Road

So I was lost, go count the cost,
Before you go to the Holland road,
With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out,
And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame,
but you cut me down, you cut me down,

Quindi ero perso, stavo contando i danni
Prima che tu andassi in Holland Road,
Con il tuo cuore (duro) come una pietra, non hai perso tempo a picchiare duro,
E conoscevo il tuo dolore e l'effetto della mia vergogna,
Ma tu mi hai abbattuto (al suolo)

And I will not tell the thoughts of hell
That carried me home from the Holland road
With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight
To your callous mind,
and from your corner you rose to cut me down,
you cut me down,

 

So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end,
From the Holland road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time,
To your callous mind,
and I wished you well as you cut me down,
you cut me down,

 

But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you'll believe in me I'll still believe

Ma io continuo a credere anche le crepe ci sono e si vedono,
Mentre sono in ginocchio io ancora ci credo,
E quando ho toccato il suolo, né perduto né ritrovato,
Se tu credi in me io ancora ci crederò

But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you'll believe in me I'll still believe

 

Ghosts That We Knew

I fantasmi che abbiamo conosciuto

You saw my pain washed out in the rain
Broken glass, saw the blood run from my veins
But you saw no fault, no cracks in my heart
And you knelt beside my hope torn apart

Hai visto il mio dolore, lavato via dalla pioggia
Vetri rotti, ho visto il sangue scorrere dalle mie vene
Ma non hai visto alcuna errore, alcuna crepa nel mio cuore
E ti sei inginocchiata a fianco alla mia speranza lacerata

But the ghosts that we knew will flicker from view
We'll live a long life

Ma I fantasmi che abbiamo conosciuto spariranno dalla vista
Vivremo una lunga vita

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
'Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we'll be alright

Perciò dammi la speranza che potrò vedere la luce nelle tenebre
Perché, tutto ciò mi ha dato un grande spavento
Ma terrò duro fin quando tu lo vorrai
Promettimi solo che noi staremo bene

So lead me back, turn south from that place
And close my eyes to my recent disgrace
'Cause you know my call
And we'll share my all
And our children come and they will hear me roar

 

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
'Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we'll be alright

 

But hold me still, bury my heart on the coals
And hold me still, bury my heart next to yours

 

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
'Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold on with all of my might
Just promise me we'll be alright

 

But the ghosts that we knew made us black and all blue
But we'll live a long life
And the ghosts that we knew will flicker from view
And we'll live a long life

 

Lover of the Light

Innamorato della luce

And in the middle of the night
I may watch you go
There'll be no value in the strength
Of walls that I have grown
There'll be no comfort in the shade
Of the shadows thrown
But I'd be yours if you'd be mine

E nel mezzo della notte
Posso guardarti mentre te ne vai
Non avranno alcun potere (di fermarti)
I muri che ho costruito
Non ci sarà conforto nell’ombra
Delle ombre proiettate (sul muro)
Ma sarò tuo se tu vorrai essere mia

Stretch out my life
And pick the seams out
Take what you like
But close my ears and eyes
Watch me crumble over and over

Ho esteso al massimo la mia vita
(al punto che) puoi vedere le cuciture
Prendi quello che vuoi
Ma chiudi i miei occhi e le mie orecchie
Guardami mentre cado a pezzi sempre di più

I had done wrong
You build your tower
But call me home
And I will build a throne
And wash my eyes out never again

 

But love the one you hold
And I'll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the light

Ma ama quello che hai (già)
E sarà me che tu vorrai
Possedere e stringere
Una persona innamorata della luce

With skin too tight
And eyes like marbles
You spin me high
So watch me as I glide
Before I tumble homeward, homeward

 

I know I tried
I was not stable
And flawed by pride
I miss my sanguine eyes
So hold my hands up — breathe in and breathe out

 

So love the one you hold
And I'll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the light

 

And in the middle of the night
I may watch you go
There'll be no value in the strength
Of walls that I have grown
There'll be no comfort in the shade
Of the shadows thrown
You may not trust the promises
Of the change I'll show
But I'd be yours if you'd be mine

 

So love the one you hold
And I'll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the light

 

So love the one you hold
And I will be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the light

 

Lovers' Eyes

Gli occhi degli amanti

Love was kind, for a time
Now just aches and it makes me blind

L'amore era gentile, un tempo
Ora è solo sofferenza e mi rende cieco

This mirror holds my eyes too bright
I can't see the others in my life

Questo specchio riflette troppo luminosamente i miei occhi
Non riesco a vedere gli altri nella mia vita

Were we too young? And heads too strong?
To bear the weight of these lovers' eyes.
'Cause I feel numb, beneath your tongue
Neath the curse of these lover's eyes.

Eravamo troppo giovani? E troppo ostinati?
Per sopportare il peso di questi occhi da amante (1)
Mi sento vuoto, sotto (il potere) della tua lingua / sotto la maledizione dello sguardo di questi occhi da amante

But do not ask the price I pay,
I must live with my quiet rage,
Tame the ghosts in my head,
That run wild and wish me dead.
Should you shake my ash to the wind
Lord, forget all of my sins
Oh, let me die where I lie
Neath the curse of my lover's eyes.

Ma non chiedere il prezzo che pago,
Devo vivere con la mia rabbia silenziosa,
Domare i fantasmi nella mia testa,
Quella selvaggia corsa che mi vuole morto
Dovrei disperdere le mie ceneri nel vento?
Signore, dimentica tutti i miei peccati
Oh, lasciami morire dove mi distendo
sotto la maledizione degli occhi della mia amante.

There's no drink nor drug I tried
To rid the curse of these lover's eyes
And I feel numb, beneath your tongue
Your strength just makes me feel less strong

 

But do not ask the price I pay,
I must live with my quiet rage,
Tame the ghosts in my head,
That run wild and wish me dead.
Should you shake my ash to the wind
Lord, forget all of my sins
Oh, let me die where I lie
Neath the curse of my lover's eyes.

 

And I'll walk slow, I'll walk slow
Take my hand, help me on my way.
And I'll walk slow, I'll walk slow
Take my hand, I'll be on my way.

E camminerò lentamente, camminerò lentamente / Prendi la mia mano, aiutami a trovare la mia strada.
E camminerò lentamente, camminerò lentamente / Prendi la mia mano, (ed) io avrò trovato la mia strada.

And I'll walk slow, I'll walk slow
Take my hand, help me on my way.
And I'll walk slow, I'll walk slow
Take my hand, I'll be on my way

 

Reminder

Promemoria

Don't let me darken your door
That's not what I came here for
No it's not what I came here for

Non farmi fare solo apparire (per un attimo)sulla tua porta
non sono venuto qui per questo

And I won't hear you cry when I'm gone
I won't know if I'm doing you wrong
I never know if I'm doing you wrong

E non voglio sentirti piangere quando me ne sarò andato
Non lo so se ti sto facendo un torto

A constant reminder of where I can find her
A light that might give up the way
Is all that I'm asking for
without her I'm lost
But my love, don't fade away
So I watched the world tear us apart
A stoic mind and a bleeding heart
You never see my bleeding heart

Tutto ciò che sto chiedendo
E’ sapere sempre dove posso trovarla
Una luce che mi possa indicare la strada
senza di lei sono perso
Ma il mio amore, non svanisce
Così ho guardato il mondo ci lacerava
Una mente stoica ed un cuore sanguinante
Non hai mai visto il mio cuore sanguinare

And your light's always shining on
And I've been traveling oh so long
I've been traveling oh so long

 

A constant reminder of where I can find her
Light that might give up the way
Is all that I'm asking for without her I'm lost
Oh my love don't fade away
Oh my love don't fade away

 

Hopeless Wanderer

 Vagabondo senza speranza

You heard my voice I came out of the woods by choice
Shelter also gave their shade
But in the dark I have no name

So leave that click in my head
And I will remember the words that you said
Left a clouded mind and a heavy heart
But I was sure we could see a new start

So when your hope's on fire
But you know your desire
Don't hold a glass over the flame
Don't let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

But hold me fast, Hold me fast
'Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer
And hold me fast, Hold me fast
'Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer

I wrestled long with my youth
We tried so hard to live in the truth
But do not tell me all is fine
When I lose my head, I lose my spine

So leave that click in my head
And I won't remember the words that you said
You brought me out from the cold
Now, how I long, how I long to grow old

So when your hope's on fire
But you know your desire
Don't hold a glass over the flame
Don't let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

But hold me fast, Hold me fast
'Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer
And hold me fast, Hold me fast
'Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer
I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I'm under
I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I'm under
The skies I'm under

 

Broken Crown

 Corona spezzata

Touch my mouth and hold my tongue
I'll never be your chosen one
I'll be home safely tucked away
Well You can't tempt me if I don't see the day

The pull on my flesh was just too strong
Stifled the choice and the air in my lungs
Better not to breathe than to breathe a lie
'Cause when I opened my body I breathe in a lie

I will not speak of your sins
There was a way out for him
The mirror shows not
Your values are all shot

But oh my heart, was flawed I knew my weakness
So hold my hand consign me not to darkness

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I can take the road and I can fuck it all away
But in this twilight, our choices seal our fate

 

Below My Feet

Sotto ai miei piedi

You were cold as the blood through your bones
And the light which led us from our chosen homes
Well I was lost

And now I sleep
Sleep the hours and that I can't weep
When all I knew was steeped in blackened holes
I was lost

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

And I was still
I was under your spell
When I was told by Jesus all was well
So all must be well

Just give me time
You know your desires and mine
So wrap my flesh in ivy and in twine
For I must be well

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Oh keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Oh keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

 

Not with Haste

Senza troppa fretta

Your eyes they tie me down so hard
I'll never learn to put up a guard
So keep my love, my candle bright
Learn me hard, oh learn me right

This ain't no sham
I am what I am

Though I may speak some tongue of old
Or even spit out some holy word
I have no strength from which to speak
When you sit me down, and see I'm weak

We will run and scream
You will dance with me
They'll fulfill our dreams and we'll be free

And we will be who we are
And they'll heal our scars
Sadness will be far away

So as we walked through fields of green
Was the fairest sun I'd ever seen
And I was broke, I was on my knees
And you said yes as I said please

This ain't no sham
I am what I am
I leave no time
For a cynic's mind

We will run and scream
You will dance with me
Fulfill our dreams and we'll be free

We will be who we are
And they'll heal our scars
Sadness will be far away

Do not let my fickle flesh go to waste
As it keeps my heart and soul in its place
And I will love with urgency but not with haste

 

 

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Whispers In The Dark

 

(1)

Questa canzone ha un significato non facile da decifrare. Sicuramente parla di un rapporto problematico con la religione cristiana, e potrebbe essere un dialogo tra una persona osservante ed una (il protagonista) che ha perso la fede, e oscilla tra il desiderio di recuperarlo e la convinzione di aver invece fatto una scelta che lo ha reso più forte. Il tutto con continui scambi di prima persona narrante. Oppure un più consueto contrasto tra un uomo e una donna in una cornice di morale cristiana, dove il peccato è il solito, l'infedeltà.

Lovers' Eyes

(1)

Una traduzione più comune in italiano potrebbe essere "sgaurdo da amante", "sguardo della mia amante", ma il significato che trasmette è in parte diverso.

 

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