The Universe and Me

Monday, April 03, 2006

Scratching the surface

Icelandic band of the moment: Hraun. Translated into English, Hraun means Lava, though I wouldn't say their music is characteristic of Lava. It's more acoustic, folksy guitar music. Lead singer and songwriter Svavar HnĂștur Kristinsson looks a little like Jack Black's younger brother while the rest of the band may have stepped through a time warp from a sixties hippy commune. Last year I was quite taken with Svavar's haunting solo song "Dansa", whose mp3 you can find in the second left hand column of one of his web pages. Now Radio 2 is playing Hraun's "Clementine," sort of an updated, more melancholy, softer and unique version of the old song "Oh My Darling Clementine." There's a video stream to the band performing the song live on Iceland TV as well. Hraun also has some other mp3s available. And for anyone interested in "Celementine's" new lyrics:

Oh my darling Clementine
How could I leave, while you were sleeping
Oh my darling Clementine
I couldn't bear to hear you weeping
You tried to teach me right from wrong
You tried to burn off all my bad ways
But misery's a stubborn friend
And she persists in spite of good days
So I sailed from your white sands
On a ship of broken plans
And your face is on my mind
Oh my darling Clementine

Oh my lovely Clementine
It's such a hell to be without you
My soul tormented every night
And every day, I think about you
I adored your foolish charm
Never meant to do you harm
And your pain is on my mind
Oh my darling Clementine

Oh my precious Clementine
I never dared to look behind me
All this time I ran and ran
And I ran aground, and I pray you'll find me
And with all the damage done
I realise that you're the one
And I hope you'll still be mine
Oh my darling Clementine
And with all the bad I've done
I realise that you're the one
I'm such a fool, will you be mine
Oh my darling Clementine


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