Light of Aidan-Lament, the lyrics
In early September 2009 I was approached by Human LLC to write a Welsh song for a commercial they were making for the new Halo 3 ODST game that was soon to be launched. I was shown the video and given suggestions of the theme they were looking for. I was also provided with the music I had to fit the words around. At the time I had no idea that the score was an adaptation of a song called “Lament” by Light of Aidan. "Light of Aiden" is the name of the talented singing, songwriting duo of Dasniel Lozinski and Phil Baggeley. I had never heard of the song or of Light of Aidan at that time, although I have come to appreciate their talents a great deal since. The adaptation for Halo was a very martial tune, “Lament” is a soft, meditative sound. Sung in the Welsh language, it tells of lost love and has that sad, wistful quality that is very easy to the ear.
The song appears on the second Café del Mar CD of 2005 and their 12th overall.
Cafe Del Mar
Café del Mar is somewhere I know about. Most Europeans like to vacation in Spain, especially the Balearic islands in the Spanish Mediterranean and Ibiza is one of the most popular of those islands. A spot that attracts thousands of visitors is the Café del Mar in San Antoni de Portmany, owned by Lorena de Tena. The sunset views are breathtaking and literally thousands of people will line the beach by the café just to watch the sun go down. The café itself has become famous for its music. World class performers from all over Europe play there. Easy listening, chill out music is what you hear, don’t expect to be rockin’ or rappin’ this is the gentle natural rhythm of the Mediterranean shore. The first CD of the café’s music was released in 1995 from then on there has been at least one CD every year, a compilation of the most favored music. In 2005 two CDs were released. On the second was a song called “Lament” by Light of Aidan.
Lyrics and translation
The song is called “Lament” though the lyrics are Welsh the title remained English.
For the curious the Welsh word for Lament is Galarnad.
The lyrics are;
"Dweud a ddoi di eto n’ol
Cariad bach er cilio’n ffo
Nid yw’r haf I mi
Ddim ond hirlwm
Er pan gollais ti"
The first two lines are sung twice then the next three lines are sang three times.
The lyrics translate to;
"You say you will not return
Sweetheart, since you flew away
I have no summer.
Only the worst of winter
Since I lost you."
Cafe Del Mar, Volume Doce (12)
This is the album released by Cafe Del Mar containing the original recording by Light of Aiden. The complete series of works from the Cafe are well worth a listen. Especially if easy listening is something you enjoy. This particular album contains two CD's. Lament is the last song on the second disc.
A little Welsh lesson (Gwers fach yn Gymraeg)
Welsh has its share of idiom and Welsh poetry has a way of expressing ideas with words that take a book to translate. The short piece here is rich in examples of how Welsh speakers express deep emotions with an economy of phrase.
The words in the second line; cariad bach Cariad means Love, bach means Little. Little love wouldn’t make sense if you were relying solely on a dictionary without knowing that bach is a term of endearment, put together Cariad bach is the Welsh equivalent of calling someone “Sweetheart”. Cilio’n ffo Cilio means “To retreat” the apostrophe n is actually yn in this context it means “In” the apostrophe is there because “Y” is a vowel in Welsh and it would be bad grammar to end a word with a vowel and start the next with a vowel so Cilio yn becomes Cilio’n Ffo means Flight So the phrase would literally mean “Retreat in flight” The singer is saying, with sad emphasis, that her sweetheart left in a hurry and went far away. It also implies a cowardly retreat. Just a short phrase, it carries so much meaning.
The fourth line has the word Hirlwm. This word means “The worse time of winter” The word harks back to the days when the winter was almost at an end but so was the food supply. Nothing would grow and the winter food is getting low. So she is saying that since her love went away there is no summer in her life, all is as the worse time of winter where there is only cold and little nourishment.
As an aside to this I have heard that the people of North Wales these days use the phrase Hirlwm Pres to mean “Credit Crunch.”
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since writing the song, including having a number of friends wanting to take me outside and beat the crap out of me when they heard what I got paid and what I signed away.
Recently Gareth Williams, founder and co-owner of Humanworld Llc. sold the song to Tower Music. They used it for the sound track of the movie "King Arthur-Legend of the sword" I then got hit with a copyright notice because I play the video on my You Tube channel. I complained to Gareth and e-mailed Daniel of "Light of Aiden" Nothing I can do about it, I can play the video but i can't monetize it anymore.
My fault, I didn't know anything about these things at the time I signed the contract.
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