Friday, October 07, 2005

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La Mer by Charles Trenet

La mer
Qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs
A des reflets d'argent
La mer
Des reflets changeants
Sous la pluie
La mer
Au ciel d'ete confond
Ses blancs moutons
Avec les anges si purs
La mer bergere d'azur
Pres des etangs
Ces grands rouseaux mouilles
Ces oiseaux blancs
Et ces maisons rouilles
La mer
Les a berce
Le long des golfes clairs
Et d'une chanson d'amour
La mer
A berce mon coeur pour la vie

English translation

The sea
which one sees dancing along the clear gulfs
to sparkle of silver.
The sea
Of changing sparkles
Under the rain.
The sea
Confuses the summer sky's fleece
With angels so pure.
The Sea
Shepherdess of blue infinity.
Next to the ponds
Those tall wet reeds.
Those white birds
And those rusty houses
The Sea
Has cradled them
Along the clear gulfs.
And with a song of love
The Sea
Has cradled my heart for life.

So yes, I'm a fan of Lost; perhaps a little obsessed. There is something about the mysteries of this show that pull you in and confuse you to no end.
With all the troubles of the world, a little escape is called for, no? Why else would we resolve the issues of our day when we dream...

As hardcore fans will know, this song was from Episode #12. The instrumental version with which they ended that night's episode was particularly haunting.
I guess the bunker at the bottom of the hatch is all the more plausible to me given that my father was serving on a missile crew underground during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I presume the bunkers the crews had then were much starker than that on the show, yet memories triggered by the revelations since the start of the second season (sorry if I spoiled it for anyone who hasn't yet watched the program) keep cascading daily. As a kindergardener, we had a field trip to visit the non-classified portion of the man-made cave in the middle of the mountain.

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