Letters to Bach – Lyrics English (+Hebrew)

The Race

Lyrics: Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music:  invention number 1, Johann Sebastian Bach

 

This is a ditty by Johanne Sebastian Bach,

It’s very pretty in the way it sways my heart

Now look, a melody will start, and send an arrow or a dart, into an unsuspecting heart,

while cupid plays his classic part,

 and then…

The other melody will start a race that puts a smile upon my face that I can’t seem to erase..

Oh Mr Bach, you blow my mind!

Though I may search I’ll never find

a way to understand that race,

The way your melodies embrace,

Like lovers do, so deep so true,

And then they start a-new,

To chase each other and to imitate and emulate and dive..

I’m getting dizzy but oh God..this makes me feel alive!

Like lovers anywhere on earth,

Your melodies will sometimes fight..

But after tears, there is re-birth,

And you find ways to make things right..

Those melodies are you and me,

We trip and fall, we’re blind we see,

We thank the gods that we are free!

Halelluya!

Our melodies have found their home,

and so must we, and say: Shalom

Vertigo

Lyrics:  Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music:  two-part Invention #5-  Johann Sebastian Bach

Every day I love you,

More and more I love you

Now you’ve got me chattering away in tongues,

I’ve got to fill up my lungs, so I can tell you any way I can:

גם בעברית זה מצלצל

שאין כמוך בתבל

ואיך לפתע באת..!

וכל חיוך שלך מזכיר

שהעולם מואר, מאיר

Wish I could always have you near,

אז כל יום הופך לשיר!

 Every day I love you, more and more I love you, shamelessly I love you…

תני לי להסביר , אהובתי

שכל הרע והכואב

והמביא עצבות ללב

נמס כקרח על מחבת

והסיבה לכך היא את!

 זה את, הכל כך נפלאה

שמחדשת ממלאה

ומרגשת ,אהובה!

Here I am before you, utterly adore you, like in every silly song of love I heard, my heart sings, just like a bird, I sing and then i spread my wings in flight

הייתכן שעולמי?

A song that echoes in the night!

סובב כולו בינך, ביני

And every wrong becomes a right!

ואין מלבד את ואני

 Every day I love you, more and more I love you…

גם כשזה כואב לי בחזה,

אין שום דבר אשר ישווה

לסם הוורטיגו הזה

שרק אתה בי מחולל

 Let my arms encase you, and my voice embrace you, now you’ve heard me chattering away for days, of all the many many different ways I love you…it never ens!

 so guess I will press…. “send..” 🙂

All of the Angels

Lyrics: Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music: cantata 140, Johann Sebastian Bach

If all of the angels sang together surely, they’d say: we need you!

If all of the angels stood together they would embrace and greet you.

Some say, everything has always been this same, but they wouldn’t if they had a chance to meet you…

Now daylight is fading, and I will be waiting,

For you to send a sign from where the wind has taken every song every smile your spirit has awakened, sunrise birds singing out Halelluya,

Halleluya.

When all of the angels wondered how your curious eyes had found them

Then all of the angels understood you’d wrapped your arms around them…

Through strong winds and thunder, they’d spread wings and wonder…

They’d try tenderly to rally in your soul, but your spirit and conviction would astound them..

When all of the angels wondered how your curious eyes had found them…

Then of the angels understood you’d wrapped your arms around them…

They’d try tenderly to rally in your soul, but your courage and conviction would astound them…

And I won’t be crying, for you dear, are flying,

Into a place of light, a place of freedom,

You’ve escaped the dark bitter night, you went believing in the sunrise, birds singing out Halleluya..

Halleluya..

For what is a life but shifting sky, the loneliest cry, a story

For what is a life, but love made gently, or in blaze of glory

The bliss of creation, the realization,

That you wonderful as you could ever be, on the way to being free you find elation,

Your arms reaching like the branches of a tree, to begin the journey to your destination

Now daylight is fading, and I will be waiting,

For you to send a sign from where the wind has taken every song every smile your spirit has awakened, sunrise birds singing out halelluya,

Halleluya.

And I won’t be crying…

For you, wonderful as you could ever be, you are waiting to begin  and you are trying..

To gather the angels ‘round your soul and send them to those left hollow…

My dear, I am fighting back a single tear, though I said I wouldn’t cry, she will not follow.

It’s hard to break free of, the memory of thee love,

The loneliness, the black, the urge to whisper…

how I wish we had you back, beloved sister,

 I will sing, Halleluya,

But all of the angels know you now, your stubbornness so beguiling

And fear melts into a puddle at your feet, for your spirit and your eyes are always smiling…

forever the giver,

You flow like a  river,

Into a place of light, a place of freedom you’ve escaped the dark bitter night, you went believing in the sunrise, birds singing out Halleluya..

Halleluya!

Oh Mama Dear (Enea’s song)

Lyrics: Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music: two part invention number 13 Johann Sebastian Bach

Oh mama dear do not expect me to comply,

I’m in the middle of a “story”!

My body’s doing things I can’t understand

My mind is banging like a big bright brass band

As for my mouth, well

As we can both tell,

It’s making Bolt look slow….!

Oh mama dear don’t ask me to calm down, I can’t!

I try to answer you politely , then I rant!

Believe me this is nothing I can control!

And besides the both of us are playing our role,

You are trying to save me from myself,

It’s for my own health,

And then we both yell,

Until we sound like sirens rushing to a fire..!

Oh mama dear there is so much that you can’t see,

I’m locked into a loop and everything is me,

I’m taught to think that I can tear the world apart,

And every selfie is a stunning work of art!

Oh mama dear, it’s very clear we’re lost inside

A world that tells us that the other is a thing we need to buy

That global warming is a joke at best, or a blatant lie

And Plastic Islands floating in the sea are far away so why,

Why worry?

Oh mama dear, just look at me,

I’m smarter than you’ll ever be!

Got a heart of gold, I’m brave and bold I’ll save the world like mommy’s girl, Common now mama…

Let’s just hold each other very tight

And say good night…..

(good night, mama…)

“No, Baby” (Badinerie)

Lyrics by Achinoam Nini (Noa)

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

No baby no baby no baby, no!

don’t you ever say you gonna go ahead and leave me!

no baby no baby ,don’t ever go!

when I’m with you I’m elated

all the rest is overrated

every word you say and every moment of the day ,

the Scooby Doo, the shooby Dooba,

 gets me shinin’ like a tuba,

 takes me sailin’ to Aruba every single day..!

So baby so baby so baby so..

whaddaya say we take a little stroll around the city?

go, baby go baby go baby go!

Sip and shake and hit the shoppin’

then go dancing till we drop, and

whirl around and wiggle,

I can always make you giggle,

When the two of us are movin’

all the universe is groovin’,

and the music gets to soothin’ all our cares away!

Hey baby hey baby, you know it’s true,

You and me ‘gotta both stick together

Stay baby stay baby , do what you do,

People say you’re crazy,

disconnected maybe hazy,

but they haven’t got a notion

of the power in your motion

and the simmer in your potion takes my breath away!

Don’t walk out that door, I’m sayin’

Life’s a song that we are playin’

Ting tibidibong, tibidibidong,

You can change it,  but it’s never really wrong,

Short and sweet, with a beat, with a bong,

Make it short make it long but tell me that you’re staying…

Hey baby hey baby, you know it’s true,

You and me ‘gotta both stick together

Stay baby stay baby , do what you do,

People say you’re crazy,

disconnected maybe hazy,

but they haven’t got a notion

of the power in your motion

and the simmer in your potion takes my breath away!

 You are all my eyes are seeing

now that we’re “Badinerie-ing”………..

Ting tibidibong, tibidibidong,

Bach was smiling when he wrote this little song,

so I’ll smile and again I will say, every single day,

will you stay? Aw, baby are you’re staying…?

Look at Me

Lyrics: Noa

Music: largo form concert no/5 for piano in f minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Look at me, across the border

Beyond the wall,

Look at me,  the way you would observe yourself in life’s broken mirror

No, I refuse to bow,

 to those who say

 The world is changing now,

and as it changes there’s no way,

to see the other as a child lost in the loneliest night,

those who’d sentence us to fear, and fight….

here, is a woman in labour,

her child will soon be born but who knows if he’ll find favor in the eyes, of, those who rule and rampage, who dominate ,the earth and skies..with words of hate they close the gates of hope….

Come, we cannot let them blind us,

for every woman in this world knows what it’s like when they cripple and bind us, forever,

searching and waiting and anticipating we  ask ourselves when,

 we ask again and again, when will we finally find freedom..

Look, there is a crack and it’s growing,

There is a light and it’s glowing ,

through the sorrow,  beyond  the tears  beyond tomorrow there must be something more that we can do,

I can see you , your beauty shows,  in all your weakness and pain , it glows…

the morning is near, now, as the stars disappear,

we’ll shatter this wall, we’ll watch it fall,

 together sister we can…..come give me your hand…

Mars- Invention Number 6

Lyrics- Achinoam Nini (Noa)

Music: Johan Sebastian Bach

What shall I do to save the world from itself? Oh ,this traffic is hell, it would help me to bore you, and what’s more you will adore it…

There’s sunlight,  she’s a generator, free for all, gotta learn to  tame her! Faze those rays on sunny days in ways you and I can do to make the best  of what we’ve got..what  do you say? I say, why not good people?

Now that we’ve got the sunlight packed we are free to address all the mess in the air, up there smog and filth our ozone layer choking!  but hey pal, why succumb to oldness, don’t pay pal, in an age of boldness, try something you know is better for all, beautiful ,no noise ,turns heads, so smart, so chic  so best! no fuel no mess, the LA and TES together. 🙂

Now listen, you’re missin’ the most important story… how long can we carry on here crammin’ in on a small piece of land all of us , every woman and man and the fuss ,and the mountains of filth and the wars, and the rich turnin’ backs slammin’ doors,  and the rest getting angry and poor, no siree, this is not gonna last very long, i worry , and it’s not very often I’m wrong, lets hurry, make a plan! I am sure that we can for the future of man you and I understand  time is not our friend so  I suggest we’d best get on it..!

Darkness  is falling raise your eyes into the night ! what a beautiful sight.

That moon of millions of love songs we’ve been trying to reach for so very long..there are  endless stars, I have a thing for Mars, let’s take our dreams and cars  far as they’ll go! I don’t believe in NO….If your dream is as big as your heart and you’re bold and you’re ready to start, come join me!

Little Lovin’

Lyrics: Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music: two part invention number 4, Johann Sebastian Bach

Little lovin’, just a little lovin’

That is all I need

Yes indeed,

Little lovin’ just a little lovin’,

And i’ll start believing in the lord above,

And all those stories ‘bout that man, the arc, the dove,

Moses bringing those tablets of ten,

Love for all women and men,

I don’t need all of humanity, all I need is you!

You, you, you!

You make me feel the world is not a basket case,

When through my tears I see your smiling face,

A little lovin’, just some love and passion,

And I’ll see the world in optimistic fashion,

Though it seems that we are losin’,

I can’t connect to what the world is choosin’,

I’d resurrect a simple way of lovin’,

Minus push and shovin’,

ooooh! The angels sing!

A little love, bring it in,

A little lovin’, just a little lovin’,

How elementary…!

Little lovin’, just a little lovin’ every night and day,

The anger melts away,

Common, let’s put our weapons down,

Erase the fear the frown,

And let the sun shine in.

A Pair

Lyrics: Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music: Siciliana, Johann Sebastian Bach

Aren’t we really a pair?

Aren’t we perfectly set into tune

I go around in circles

You follow, sometimes losing site of where i’m going

But your love remains unchanged

Listen, I’ll sing you to sleep

Listen, I’ll tell you how deeply I appreciate your love and caring

You are wearing all the smiles I gave to you

Waves of you

Keep pounding at my shore

See how they tantalize and lure me

In the maze we’ve chosen to exist in

I will stand besid you

Follow you and guide you

Tell you softly how I love you..

Aren’t we really a pair?

Aren’t we crazy to constantly revolve around eachother

Though it sems impossible to love you,

I could never love another

Build a home and have a small family

Day in day out it’s the flower of life so

Come sweetly

Come strongly

My one and only one true love.

אינבנציה מספר אחת

מילים: אחינועם ניני

לחן: יוהאן סבסטיאן באך

זוהי אינבנציה של יוהאן סבסטיאן באך

הראשונה שהוא רשם, שלא ישכח

רשם אותה ואז הלך, כמעו זרק אותה לפח,

כמו דבר של מה-בכך, בעוד הדיו טרי ולח

וכך..ניצלה לה יצירה קטנה פשוטה חמקמקה , מתוחכמה,  הו, יפה!

כל הכבוד סבסטיאן באך

היצירה יפה כל כך

הנה משפט מלודי רך

כמו דן-שיח עם מלאך: הללויה, הללויה, חזרתי בתשובה,

כלל לא הבנתי מה קרה,

בהשפעת היצירה

ראשי סחרחר עלי, איבדתי את הנשימה!

טיפה גבוה לי לשיר

אך אעשה זאת בשמחה

ופה הקצב קצת מהיר

ועוד מעט העליה

זה הקרשנדו הנורא, אוי להנפשי הנה הוא בא,

אהההההה!!

טוב, האינבנציה הסתיימה

ולכולכם, תודה רבה 🙂

AVE MARIA

Lyrics:Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Music: Bach/Gunoud

Ave Maria,

Where have you been hiding?

Don’t you know we need you?

Things are looking pretty bad down here.

I know that there is beauty, gentleness and laughter,

These are things you always stood for,

Help us fnd them too..

Hey there, maria,

Santa maria, maria,

May I take a liberty,

And say that it’s a shame to me,

Not to live in harmony,

We’re all just hoping someone will step forward singing,

Amen.

Ave Maria,

Where have you been hiding?

Don’t you know we need you?

Things are looking pretty bad down here…

I know you hear the fighting,

See the torch we’re lighting,

On our quest for peace and freedom,

Help us see this through…

Hey there, maria,

Santa maria, maria,

May I take a liberty,

And say that it’s a shame to me,

Not to live in harmony,

We’re all just hoping someone will step forward singing,

Amen.

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