July 22, 2012

A Magical Moment - July 21

Songwriter and singer Laleh Pourkarim


















Yesterday I had a magical moment. I had gone with some friends for a walk along the coast in the sunshine, and at the end of our long walk we took the boat, rather exhausted, to Oslo to have dinner. As we arrived at the dock in Oslo, I could see the gigantic stage rigged in front of the city hall for the memorial concert this evening.Today it is one year since a young Norwegian man blew up the government building in central Oslo (killing 8) before he proceeded to the island of Ut√łya to kill 69 people, most of them teenagers. All in the name of anti-immigration, anti-multiculturalism and anti-feminist ideology.

Back to my magic moment. The stage was already rigged and there were large screens next to the stage, for projecting the concert to those standing far away, as around 100 000 people are expected to crowd the little square in front of the city hall this evening. But yesterday, there were hardly any people around. Almost like the silence before the storm. I was sitting down with my tired legs, waiting for a delayed tram. That's when the music came - a very soft orchestra started playing, and soon there was a delicate female voice:

I will tell your story if you die
I will tell your story and keep you alive
The best I can
I will tell it to the children
If we have some, if we have some
But I've always felt a feeling we would die young
Some die young
Some die young ....


I thought it was a recorded song being played to test the speakers, but I suddenly realized a woman on the large screens projecting from the stage. A delicate, exceptionally beautiful woman, with the gentle evening sun making her hair sparkle. She was singing her song Some Die Young. I figured it was a test song the day before the real concert. I was mesmerized.

Later I found out that it was Laleh - the young Swedish (born to Iranian parents) singer and songwriter. I would like to share the song with you - actually two versions of it; one where she is singing on an open air stage in Sweden and then a version where she is singing live on a Norwegian tv-program. And finally I will provide you with the lyrics.

When I see and hear her sing, I feel hopeful for the world.







Here I sneak in a fresh video. The memorial concert is just finished, and some lovely person has already posted Laleh's performance on Youtube, so here you can see Laleh singing at the July 22th memorial concert:


Some Die Young
Lyrics
by Laleh

I will tell your story if you die
I will tell your story and keep you alive the best I can
I will tell them to the children
If we have some, if we have some
But I've always felt a feeling we would die young
Some die young
Some die young


Some die, some die young
But you better hold on
So many things I need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together
Some die young


I will tell your story if you die
I will tell your story and keep you alive the best I can
I will tell them to the children
If we have some, if we have some
But I've always felt a feeling we would die young
Some die young
Some die young

Some, some die young
But you better hold on
So many things I need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together

Some die young
But you better hold on
So many things I need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together
Some die young

I will tell your story if you try
but how long will your thoughts
of valleys stay green
when the world you were born in
changes with seasons
Will you run with the stream, will you run along
or will you run against and finally reveal
Why some die young
Why some die young
Why some die

Some die young
But you better hold on
So many things I need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together


Some die young
but you better hold on
So many things i need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together
Some die young

But you better hold on
So many things i need to say to you
Please don't, don't let me go
and we said we would die together
Some die young


Some die young

She walks with her head in the sand
They will never die

Some die young