Late Lament

Listening Practice

Esercizio di listening con una differenza!

Si tratta di un brano musicale del gruppoThe Moody Bluesche fu pubblicato come epilogo al più noto brano Nights in White Satin sull’album “Days of Future Passed” nel 1967. Il brano è una piccola poesia scritta dal batterista Graeme Edge e recitata dal tastierista Mike Pinder su uno sfondo musicale del London Festival Orchestra.

Il vostro lavoro è quello di ricavare il testo completo con l’aiuto della scheda sottostante il video dove ho fornito qualche parola chiave e il numero di parole in ogni battuta. Visto che si tratta di una registrazione originale, senza ripetizioni, servirà portare indietro il video per riascoltare. Vi consiglio di ascoltare il brano alcune volte senza scrivere niente prima di passare alla stesura del testo completo.

Mettete la vostra versione nei commenti (senza fare delle ricerche su Google 😉) e vi farò sapere com’è andata!

Sentitevi liberi anche di commentare la poesia con la vostra interpretazione del significato.

thegloom
faderoom
Bedsitterlament
energyis
wrestle
Lonelyand
suckles
Seniorwishyoung
Cold-heartedrules
our
and
decide
And

Author: Tony

Born and raised in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Educated at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. Living in the foothills of Mount Etna since 1982 and teaching English at Catania University since 1987.

15 thoughts on “Late Lament”

  1. L’avrò sentita 150 volte, qualcosa ho sbagliato perché la traduzione non ha senso, molto non ho capito. Però ci ho provato! Migliorerò? Boooooh. Aspetto la versione completa, tu non perdere tempo qui, c’è troppo da correggere 😂
    Breathe deep and gathering gloom
    Watch lights fade for every wind?
    Bedsitter people X X and X
    Another days X X is X
    Unpassion lovers wrestle as one?
    Lonely man cries for love as known?
    New mother picks X and suckles her son
    Senior citizens wish they were known
    Cold-hearted… orb?!! loose the night
    We move the color from our sight
    Red is grey and yellow light
    And we decide what is right
    And which is an illusion.

    1. Era sicuramente un compito arduo, Carlo, più di quanto pensassi. Non è sempre facile valutare il livello di difficoltà. Comunque, male non fa, e hai azzeccato abbastanza qua e là, e sei andato anche vicino in altri punti. Ti mando la versione originale per un confronto finale:

      Breathe deep the gathering gloom
      Watch lights fade from every room
      Bedsitter people look back and lament
      Another day’s useless energy is spent
      Impassioned lovers wrestle as one;
      Lonely man cries for love and has none
      New mother picks up and suckles her son
      Senior citizens wish they were young
      Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
      Removes the colours from our sight
      Red is grey and yellow white
      But we decide which is right
      And which is an illusion.

      Adesso devi riascoltare per la 151 volta!

  2. Hey Prof I’ve listened to it three times but there are a couple of passages that are just muttering or whispering that’s impossible to get and so :
    ” Breathe deep the gathering gloom, watch lights fade from every whim. Bedsitter people look back in/and lament, another day’s useless ??(effort) is (spent ?). Impassioned lovers wrestle as one, lonely man cries for love and has none, new mother picks up and suckles her son, senior citizens whoosh/wish they/their …. (they knew/were something ????? )
    Cold-hearted orb rules the night, it removes the colours from our sight, red is grey and yellow white, but we decide which is right and which is an illusion.”

    1. I have to say, Toni, that’s a pretty good effort on the whole. 🙂
      Here’s what’s missing:

      Breathe deep the gathering gloom
      Watch lights fade from every ______
      Bedsitter people look back and lament
      Another day’s useless ______ is spent;
      Impassioned lovers wrestle as one
      Lonely man cries for love and has none
      New mother picks up and suckles her son
      Senior citizens wish they were ______ ;
      Cold-hearted orb ______ rules the night
      Removes the colours from our sight
      Red is grey and yellow white
      But we decide which is right
      And which is an illusion.

      1. Based on the possible rhyme I thought ” Breathe deep the gathering gloom—>Watch lights fade from every ROOM ”
        (but really his voice is decreasing while his playing and so is a pure guess) Then ” New mother picks up and suckles her son–>Senior citizens wish they were YOUNG ( here the same problem voice and rhythm decreasing). After “useless” I have to give up and after “orb” I really can hear nothing at all in between “orb and rules” only a simple pause. Mah. That’s the best I can do Prof.

          1. Well, you got ‘room’ and you got ‘young’ – well done!
            Let’s wait and see if anyone else gets the words you’re still missing!

            1. Honestly it was only because of the rhyme Prof his voice is too muttering and decreasing there. 🙂

  3. It sounds a bit hard for me.
    In any case, I’ve been trying since I got to my office this morning (10 minutes, not more) and I’ve filled up three rows… It’ll take time!

    1. Well, take your time, Paolo. There’s no hurry. And when you’re ready, put your version in the comments, and I’ll let you know how you got on!

  4. Brilliant. You are full of ideas. I would like to be up to crack it out. I’ll give it a go.

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