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December 10, 2005

Paid Ag Ofni, Dim Ond Deilen

Empire of the Sun Soundtrack
"Suo Gan"
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NOTES: In my opinion, this is one of the best soundtracks that John Williams ever composed, right up there with the score for Schindler's List (my holy triumverate of instrumental soundtracks is rounded out by James Horner's work on Glory). I saw Empire of the Sun in the theater with my dad, and I was transfixed by the performance of the kid who played Jim, the main character - an unknown British actor named Christian Bale. This song - performed by the Ambrosian Singers boys choir - opens the movie; it is a traditional Welsh lullaby. I remember at the time thinking it was unspeakably, hauntingly beautiful, and all these years later I haven't changed my mind.

Hunan blentyn, ar fy mynwes
Clyd a chynnes ydyw hon
Breichiau mam sy'n dyn amdanat
Cariad mam sy dan fy mron

Ni chaiff dim amharu'th gyntun
Ni wna undyn a thi gam
Huna'n dawel, annwyl blentyn
Huna'n fwyn ar fron dy fam

Paid ag ofni, dim ond deilen
Gura, gura ar y ddor
Paid ag ofni ton fach unig
Sua, sua ar lan y mor

Huna blentyn nid oes yma
Ddim i roddi iti fraw
Gwena'n dawel ar fy mynwes
Ar yr engyl gwynion draw

Posted by Highwaygirl on December 10, 2005 03:12 PM to the category The Key of Life

I love that movie. I see it every couple of years and it's magic never fades. When I was younger I liked it because I'd always fantasized about being a fighter pilot (I'm lame), but now I just love it because it's a beautifully told tale.
I never made the connection between the kid and Christian Bale though.

Posted by: periscopeboy at December 11, 2005 03:03 AM

ehh, so, it's beautiful movie.

Posted by: Piter at August 24, 2006 04:39 AM
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