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Delerium — A Poem for Byzantium
Album: Poem
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Released: 2000
Length: 5:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Unforbidden shadows of you formed yesterday
I ran away to a room here on the bay
Interrupted life again, another new beginning
Where the silence echoes
You're no longer with me

Here and now
I feel that I'm embracing freedom
Even though I may be alone
But that's okay

Through the darkness
I would walk in the streets
Confessions never seemed
To provide me with a release
Held me down and tried to cure me
Tried to give me reason
But nothing could sepearate
This burdened mind from me

Here and now
I feel that I'm embracing freedom
Even though I may be alone, but that's okay
Looking out to a different sky will disengage me
Absence is never the answer, I know
But it serves as my shade

I do not seek and not intend to find
A calmer ocean or a sun that'll never rise
My world will never change
And time will bring you to my thoughts
I'll move on and forget you all over again
Moving on, I can forgive you all over again

Here and now
I feel that I'm embracing freedom
Even though I may be alone, but that's okay
And looking out onto a different sky
It seems so easy
Absence is never the answer, I know
But it serves as my shade
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 MrSpaz wrote:
Misterfixit wrote:
I worry about all this hindoo music. Those screeches, when processed in reverse using a special exothermic Interocitor device, reveal possible messages to Large Grey Space Aliens secretly living under the Denver International Airport (symbol DIA .. get it?). Very relaxing, however ... my eyes are heavy, soooooo heavy ....
Are you cooking up there? "No!" Are you building an Interocitor? "No!"
 
Calling Metaluna!  ...   Metaluna!
 fredriley wrote:

Thanks very much for that, Lazarus. I can very strongly identify with the poem, having done so many walks in old and new forests and regularly become lost. In particular, the paths in Cannock Chase (England Midlands) can have a life of their own, and even with a compass are hard to navigate. The first walk I tried in the Chase, which should have been a simple 4-miler to and from a pub, became a Blair Witch experience as the paths perversely, seemingly wilfully, departed from the map and just led me any old where. Once on a path you have to stick with it as struggling through undergrowth with sunset approaching is not a wise move...
 I wish I had forests like you describe near me.  Nevertheless, grateful to have prairie, oak groves, savannah and marshes to wander in and replenish my soul.

no thanks
 igor wrote:
My first guess was Madonna {#Surprised}
 

Mine was Nina Gordon (of Veruca Salt).
My newest favorite group.  They've been around 31 years you say?   Where have I been for too long.
DELERIUM  ( poem ) , one of my best album. All their albums are very good.
 igor wrote:
My first guess was Madonna {#Surprised}
 
What was the question?
I really like this song, but something about it makes me want to hear Dido singing it.
Wow. First listen. 6 bars in, I'm with Dr. Strangelove.
every time i hear this song my heart soars over mountains and valleys!
awesome
libero genius.
My first guess was Madonna {#Surprised}
This is what melody should be.
 fredriley wrote:

Thanks very much for that, Lazarus. I can very strongly identify with the poem, having done so many walks in old and new forests and regularly become lost. In particular, the paths in Cannock Chase (England Midlands) can have a life of their own, and even with a compass are hard to navigate. The first walk I tried in the Chase, which should have been a simple 4-miler to and from a pub, became a Blair Witch experience as the paths perversely, seemingly wilfully, departed from the map and just led me any old where. Once on a path you have to stick with it as struggling through undergrowth with sunset approaching is not a wise move...
 
I really enjoy Ballad Of The Paths In Vastmanland by Lars Gustafsson because it describes specific trails with such vivid, concrete, and unique images almost like cinematography crafted with words, and also it suggests how we all follow trails through life in a metaphorical sense...  it is rare and brilliant writing, in my opinion...

I think the poem compliments this beautiful Delirium song A Poem for Byzantium...

your reply, fredriley, is also vivid, profound and nicely written...  I am grateful to receive a response that is high art in and of itself...  I hope you are having a marvelous weekend in these first days of autumn...  I hope you have a relaxing weekend, friend, and truly enjoy yourself...

and thank you very much for you comment, WonderLizard...  hope you are having a marvelous time now too...
 Lazarus wrote:

This is a lovely song...  reminds me of this poem—

Ballad Of The Paths In Vastmanland
by Lars Gustafsson
Translated, from the Swedish, by Christopher Middleton and the author.



 
Thanks very much for that, Lazarus. I can very strongly identify with the poem, having done so many walks in old and new forests and regularly become lost. In particular, the paths in Cannock Chase (England Midlands) can have a life of their own, and even with a compass are hard to navigate. The first walk I tried in the Chase, which should have been a simple 4-miler to and from a pub, became a Blair Witch experience as the paths perversely, seemingly wilfully, departed from the map and just led me any old where. Once on a path you have to stick with it as struggling through undergrowth with sunset approaching is not a wise move...
 Lazarus wrote:

This is a lovely song...  reminds me of this poem—

Ballad Of The Paths In Vastmanland
by Lars Gustafsson
Translated, from the Swedish, by Christopher Middleton and the author.

 

Thanks for this. Lovely.
I saw the title of this song and all I could think was: "WHERE MY WHOVIANS AT?" {#Cool} {#Tongue}
Enigma + 1/2(Enya + Morcheeba)

This is a lovely song...  reminds me of this poem—

Ballad Of The Paths In Vastmanland
by Lars Gustafsson
Translated, from the Swedish, by Christopher Middleton and the author.
 

Under the visible script of small tracks,
gravel tracks, forest tracks, often with a grass
ridge in the middle, between deep ruts
hidden beneath twigs heaped in clearings,
still distinct in crumbling moss,
another script runs— the old paths.
They lead from lake to lake, from valley
to valley. Sometimes deeper furrows,
more distinct, and sturdy bridges
of medieval stone carry them over black streams;
sometimes they evaporate on bare rocky ground;
you lose them easily in swamps, so
imperceptibly that one moment they are there
and the next not. They do go on,
always there's a going on, you only have
to seek, the paths are obstinate,
they know what they want, and with that knowledge
they combine considerable cunning.
You walk east, the compass points insistently east,
faithfully the path follows the compass, like a streak,
all is well, then the path veers north.
And north there's nothing. What does the path want?
Soon comes an enormous moor, and the path knew it.
It leads us around, with the certainty of someone who knows
what's what. It knows where the moor is;
it knows where the hill is too steep; it knows
what happens to someone who circles the lake
to the north instead of south. It has done it all,
so many times, before. That's the whole
point of being a path— it came to be made
long ago. Who made it? Charcoal burners, fisherfolk,
women with skinny arms gathering firewood?
The outlaws, shysters, gray as the moss—
still in their dreams the blood of fratricide
reddens their hands. Autumn hunters on the tracks
of pointer dogs with barks clear as frost?
All of them, none of them. We make the path together,
you, too, on a stormy day, on earth,
be the hour late or early—
we write the paths and they stick,
and the paths are more clever than us,
and they know all the things we wanted to know.

 


 What beautiful vocals. Terrific song.
..i'll take poetry like this (both lyrically & melodically) any day..a 9er on first hearing..
 Businessgypsy wrote:
MadPercolator wrote:
Man, I thought this album was the cat's ass ... then I burned some of the tracks for friends and became immediately aware of how pretentious everything on this album sounds... still, an interesting and noble attempt.
Maybe, but it's just the tonic needed on a Saturday morning when you're pretty sure you can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel formed by the breakup of a long and stormy relationship. Too autobiographical? Okay, so I'm all depressed - but at least I'm not up in my room building an interocitor.

 

This song bored me, so i had to look up what an interocitor was. Not boring! I might have to build one (as long as it gets RP signal, of course)
Lovely melody and production. Thought provoking, and quite different for this musical genre. Soothing and not tiresome. Would bear up to repeated listens. Sexy too. 
 
This is the second Delerium song I have heard recently that has caught my attention. I will have to check them out. 
There are so many things about this song i like; the melancholy, the percussion, the bass line, the vocal accompaniment.
 mandolin wrote:
...for just a moment i thought we were going to hear the chorale rendition of adagio for strings...
 
...hey, i'm consistent!..
...shades of the choral arrangement of adagio for strings in the opening soundscape...
 Shimmer wrote:
This does not sound like the version of this song on the Poem CD. Am I misremembering? I think I like this version better.
 
Bumping myself up here. Where does this version come from?

MadPercolator wrote:
Man, I thought this album was the cat's ass ... then I burned some of the tracks for friends and became immediately aware of how pretentious everything on this album sounds... still, an interesting and noble attempt.
Maybe, but it's just the tonic needed on a Saturday morning when you're pretty sure you can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel formed by the breakup of a long and stormy relationship. Too autobiographical? Okay, so I'm all depressed - but at least I'm not up in my room building an interocitor.

R starcloud wrote:
an all time (7 year) favorite! 
 
Really? Wow. Like, just, wow. You really see this one?!  Wow. I'll try again later.

I admit to being in a rock 'n' roll mood this saturday afternoon which means I ain't gonna judge.

Bill, you are playing some real favorites for me today!
an all time (7 year) favorite! 
 songbirdfemme wrote:
anyone ever hear of Solar Twins? Is this the same singer?
  I am here to answer my own question, yes, it is the same singer as Solar Twins... who are famous for their electronic version of the clash's "rock the casbah" (a pretty cool version)

What an amazing bass sound... wow...
 MrSpaz wrote:
Are you cooking up there? "No!"
Are you building an Interocitor? "No!"
 
This obscure reference made me smile.  Thank you.

I dig.
Goosebump intro
Thank you BG. needed to hear this.
anyone ever hear of Solar Twins? Is this the same singer?
I love these guys....
This is one of my favorite songs of theirs, so very poignant.
I love this song. Helped me through a rough patch....its beautiful and haunting.
Yes. I needed just this tonight.
A very bittersweet and beautiful song. One of my favorite Delerium tracks.
Misterfixit wrote:
I worry about all this hindoo music. Those screeches, when processed in reverse using a special exothermic Interocitor device, reveal possible messages to Large Grey Space Aliens secretly living under the Denver International Airport (symbol DIA .. get it?). Very relaxing, however ... my eyes are heavy, soooooo heavy ..
What ever he's smoking, I want some!
This does not sound like the version of this song on the Poem CD. Am I misremembering? I think I like this version better.
...for just a moment i thought we were going to hear the chorale rendition of adagio for strings...
Lots of nice things happening here!
Oh dear. Misterfixit wrote:
I worry about all this hindoo music. Those screeches, when processed in reverse using a special exothermic Interocitor device, reveal possible messages to Large Grey Space Aliens secretly living under the Denver International Airport (symbol DIA .. get it?). Very relaxing, however ... my eyes are heavy, soooooo heavy ....
I like the singing voice that she loves and Western dramatic development.
I find this song very inspiring........ :music:
Man, I thought this album was the cat's ass when it was released, at a time when I was into this classical music major in college... then I burned some of the tracks for friends and became immediately aware of how pretentious everything on this album sounds. ... still, an interesting and noble attempt.
Misterfixit wrote:
I worry about all this hindoo music. Those screeches, when processed in reverse using a special exothermic Interocitor device, reveal possible messages to Large Grey Space Aliens secretly living under the Denver International Airport (symbol DIA .. get it?). Very relaxing, however ... my eyes are heavy, soooooo heavy ....
Are you cooking up there? "No!" Are you building an Interocitor? "No!"
I worry about all this hindoo music. Those screeches, when processed in reverse using a special exothermic Interocitor device, reveal possible messages to Large Grey Space Aliens secretly living under the Denver International Airport (symbol DIA .. get it?). Very relaxing, however ... my eyes are heavy, soooooo heavy ....
Lyrics are very poignant for me at this moment. Quality song.
One of Delerium's very best.
:bounce: This song has been with me on many a meditative beachwalk!
Delerium - A Poem For Byzantium Unbidden shadows of you formed yesterday I ran away to a room here on the bay Interrupted life again, another new beginning Where the silence echoes you're no longer with me Here and now, i feel that i'm embracing freedom Even though i may be alone, but that's ok Through the darkness i would walk in the streets Confessions never seemed to provide me with a release Held me down and tried to cure me tried to give me reason But nothing could separate this burdened mind from me Here and now, i feel that i'm embracing freedom Even though i may be alone, but that's ok And looking out to a different sky will disengage me Absence is never the answer, i know, but it serves as my shade I do not seek and do not intend to find A calmer ocean or a sun that never will rise My world will never change and time'll bring you to my thoughts, and I'll move on and then forget you all over again Moving on, i can forgive you all over again Here and now, i feel that i'm embracing freedom Even though i may be alone, but that's ok And looking out onto a different sky it seems so easy Absence is never the answer, i know, but it serves as my shade
If only this didn't sound so much like trashy pop musak....It's almost good. But.... :no:
Not my favorite off this album, but good nevertheless.
This album, as well as their earlier albums are really good. Wish their follow-up was as good, but it just doesn't move me.
Ethereal songs are always awesome! :eek: :hearteyes: :music:
MrSpaz wrote:
I don't know about it being "funny." Just a new cultural point of reference. Kinda like people associating music with films. That was probably kinda odd 75 years ago. :smile:
SSX3 (snowboarding game) has a terrific soundtrack. I'll always associate the songs with that game, they get kind of burned in your mind after so much playing. (For instance, The Bitter End by Placebo.)
This is pretty . . . I am really liking this.
masterhead wrote:
It is so funny when people start to define music through Video Games. To me ther introduction sounded like Jeam Michel Jarre and the rest of the song sounded..well quite generic.
I don't know about it being "funny." Just a new cultural point of reference. Kinda like people associating music with films. That was probably kinda odd 75 years ago. :smile:
Love this song, and love the album. Some songs suffice as good background music, but some are terrific on their own.
Odd little stew. Pretty good, and I get the feeling I'll like it even more next hearing.
masterhead wrote:
It is so funny when people start to define music through Video Games. To me ther introduction sounded like Jeam Michel Jarre and the rest of the song sounded..well quite generic.
They do sound like JMJ sometimes, just not quite as minimalist. Poem (the album) is sort of a mixture of JMJ with pop overtones. The two previous albums (Semantic Spaces and Karma) are much better since they don't have the poppy overtones (with a few exceptions, like "Firefly" off of Karma). They're more moody, and I'd highly recommend both of them if you like JMJ.
It is so funny when people start to define music through Video Games. To me ther introduction sounded like Jeam Michel Jarre and the rest of the song sounded..well quite generic.
Love, love, love the Delerium....ahhhh. :bounce: Never heard this one before!
The opening sounds like it ought to be on Halo 2. :)