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Foreign Language in English Songs, Cat Stevens

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Cat Stevens', "O Caritas"
The Lyrics:
Tristetat(e) et lacrimis
Gravis est dolor
De terraeque maribus
Magnus est clamor
O caritas, O caritas
Nobis semper sit amor
Mos perituri mortem salutamus
Sola resurgit vita
Why:
With it's Flamenco rythmn, "O Caritas" sounds at first as if it is being sung in a modern Romance language. It is in fact Latin. The song extolls the virtues of spiritual (as opposed to romantic) love.
The Latin text translates as:
I don't want to lose the harmony of the universe
I see all things... burning, I hear men... shouting.
Now is the light of the world and the stars going out
Now does the blame for the disaster fall upon men.
Grief is heavy with sadness and tears
Great is the noise from the earth and the seas
O love, O love be with us always.
We who will perish salute death. Life alone goes on.
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger
Cat Stevens', "Rubylove"
The Lyrics:
Roupi glukeia.
Ela xana konta mou
Ela prwi, me thn augh
Esu soun san hliou actida
Rouph mou mikrh
Why:
The second verse is sung in Greek. Cat Stevens' father was Greek.
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger

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