Dead Can Dance - Persian Love Song Lyrics




[Persian:]

Migan asbet rafighe rooze jange
Mo migooyom azoo behtar tofange
Svaare bi tofang ghodrat nadaare
Svaar vaghti tofang daare svaare

Tofange daste noghream raa forookhtam
Baraaye del ghabaaye terme dookhtam
Ferestaadom baraayom pas ferestaad
Tofange daste noghream daad-o-bidaad

[English Translation:]

They say your charger is your pal on the day of battle
I say even better is the gun
A cavalryman without a gun is without vigour
A cavalryman is one when he has got a gun

I sold my silver stock gun
Sewed a termeh frock for my love
She returned it to me when I sent her the frock
Oh alas my silver stock gun





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  1. Shabnam Mozafari

    This is a song from the tribal sect in Iran called the Lorey's from the Lorestan Province. They're known as amazing and brave horse riders who carry guns.

    This song is incredible in that it explains the loss of 3 coveted things to the man who it's about in 2 short paragraphs.

    Translation of lyrics:
    He starts out by saying, "Some say your horse is the best thing to take into battle.
    But I say a gun is better.
    A horse rider without his gun is powerless.
    When a horse rider has his gun he is in control.
    I sold my silver handled gun,
    To have a "ghabaaye terme" [a very expensive tradition garment (usually a coat) that's hand sewn and intricate] made for my love,
    I sent the garment to her, but she returned it.
    Oh my silver handled gun "daad-o-bidaad" (this is the most heart wrenching part of this song. Daad o bidaad here is full on hopeless regret. He has lost his beloved gun, the thing that made him powerful and valuable in his tribe, and he lost his love because she turned him down.

    It's a stunning love song about loss and Lisa Gerrard nailed its emotion.

  2. Mark Plank

    Outstanding

  3. Be Aware

    Ever feel Lisa is not from this time and possibly a ghost gifted to us with her endless talent to enjoy and cherish?

  4. farzad farzin

    Love you perfect <3

  5. F. Abf

    although Lisa's persion pronunciation is not perfect, but just not as an Iranian, as a human being, this song is one of the best, i have ever heard... tnx Lisa. tnx dead can dance.

    Brandy Wirtz

    adolf schneider if you heard her other music you would know she sings very differently to begin with from others. she is such a jewel to cherish. it may not be perfect pronunciation, but she s paying homage to this song doing it with her own style. I cry when I listen to this. her music live front row.... Wow! You are her aura so grand. 💖

  6. Dave Ozborne

    Amazing...

  7. Gwuinn 92

    Just a hint, modern day Persia is now know as a country called Iran.

    Neil Cheney

    Gwuinn 92 Not by Persians!

    Coby Hiccups

    Yes Dear...we know

  8. FRontline 67

    Lisa Gerrard l'unique femme au monde qui sais chanter avec son âme comme aucune autre femme sur cette belle terre... Merci d'être parmi nous Lisa et merci ansuu000 pour ce partage ;-)

    Val Brindilles

    On est bien d'accord !

  9. dan trombly

    Something has gone wrong with this band they lost their essence. Or someone interviened.

    Sarah Nock

    Not so, I'm afraid. I saw them perform live about five years ago. AMAZING

  10. Grisell Mesias

    strange..

  11. Shane Collins

    I am looking for more beautiful songs like this with no instruments like this one here, can anyone help me? :) 

    Bone Rabbit _

    +MusicShaneCollins try these bands/artists: Irfan, Vas and Azam Ali, Eivør, Loreena McKennit, Ataraxia, Daemonia Nymphe, Faun, Omnia, Eluveitie, This Mortal Coil, Elane, Gjallahorn, Maddji, Hevia, Savina Yannatou, Michalis Nikoloudis, Eleusis, Mari Boine Persen, Ross Daly, Árstíðir, sToa, Wardruna, Hang Massive, Woodland, Virelai, Valravn, Berit Margrethe Oskal, Gåte, Sofia Yannok, Johan Anders Bær, Iasis, Human Touch, Akat, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Enya, Cocteau Twin, Elisabeth Fraser, Vangelis

    Shane Collins

    +Bone Rabbit _ thanks you very much 😊

    Bone Rabbit _

    @MusicShaneCollins you're welcome! enjoy :)

  12. Cinknot meow

    This is from the gladiator soundtrack

    ralphyboy25

    Same singer (Lisa Gerrard) but no, this particular song is not on the Gladiator soundtrack.

  13. Katherine DR Yoga

    NICE!! Back in high school I had a Persian girl listen to this to translate it to me and she said it didn't mean anything. THE BITCH! <3

    EdGulli

    Wait – I think she's right. I'm quite sure Lisa Gerrard sings in a fictive language.

    Farhad Dalirani

    It has meaning in Persian :D
    It's about a man, war, his beloved

  14. Georges Olaf

    just beautiful :)

  15. MadriFilmArt

    Most Amazing Voice...
    Haunting!

  16. ageless prajna

    thank you, yes, not exactly what i expected

  17. ageless prajna

    translate, please - thanks

  18. Jennifer Emanuel

    I absolutely love Lisa Gerrard voice of a Siren

  19. eevie

    Thank you. :)

  20. the mad hatter

    ТHANK YOU.SEEMS TO ME IT MEANS SOMETHING DEEP AND SENSUAL

  21. Nihat Abay

    Pardon... Biri bizi öldürebilir mi?

  22. lone strider

    One of the best voices I've ever heard

  23. Sophia Rose Byrne

    I bought dead can dance in the early nineties, I had not however come accross persian love song, and as I am myself half persian I was very pleased and very impressed with this song.

  24. Magik Ritual Nacht

    Many, many thanks Sharky for write down the phonetics of the lyrics. Amazing!!!

  25. Archeo Travo

    thanks for your lyrics...I haven't found until now!!

  26. Catarina Braz

    God Bless human Angels and all of the Love Energie in their voices

  27. Nangyal Dorje

    She is an ANGEL! But real! Ancient spiritual power. Blessings

  28. Николай Савка

    magic...))))).....

  29. Ali Ens

    the meaning of Song:

    they say your horse is friend of war.
    I say a gun is better than that.
    a horseman without gun has no power.
    a hourseman with a gun is a horseman.
    I sold my silver gun.
    and made a chashmere for my friend(beloved).
    send it to her and she send it back.
    oh my silver gun oh my silver gun.

  30. zhargimradio

    i always thinking dead can dance its the most amazing ethereal band of the world, love it..........................

  31. mikecheck12

    i cant wait to see them live this year sept 5th in marietta ga.

  32. Sharky Shark

    Just a translation I found of teh net!

    The gun could be like a metaphor for prowess, zeal. The Termeh frock speaks beauty.

    For me it's like a M/F, -/+, Ying Yang, encircling, spiralling kind of emotion.

    Just getting into Persian / Islamic history, it's a flowerbed.

  33. TheDisneylover23

    Thank you for the translation! Awesome, but it loses something. It is quite powerful as is! And so beautiful!

  34. onegist

    Incredible voice! I love the sound. I have no idea what this is about, but I just love it!

  35. neoperseus

    Your ignorance is beyond measure. You're the kind of idiot who thinks the world shuts down when you close your eyes. My language, Persian, is far more sophisticated and far more expressive than anything someone of your kind could contemplate. I would like to think you're not going to reproduce since the world has enough fucking morons as it is.

  36. Sharky Shark


    English Translation :

    They say your charger is your pal on the day of battle
    I say even better is the gun
    A cavalryman without a gun is without vigour
    A cavalryman is one when he has got a gun

    I sold my silver-stock gun
    Sewed a Termeh frock for my love
    She returned it to me when I sent her the frock
    Oh alas my silver-stock gun

  37. Sharky Shark

    Migan asbet rafighe rooze jange
    Mo migooyom azoo behtar tofange
    Svaare bi tofang ghodrat nadaare
    Svaar vaghti tofang daare svaare

    Tofange daste noghream raa forookhtam
    Baraaye del ghabaaye terme dookhtam
    Ferestaadom baraayom pas ferestaad
    Tofange daste noghream daad-o-bidaad

  38. 3racompuerta

    is her soul escaping from her body while she sings !! amazing !!

  39. Snotra

    Beautiful gibberish ~~!~

  40. Passion's Fruit

    A large part of Ms. Gerard's talent is intuitive, feeling, emotive. She is uniquely engaged in the music - mind, body, soul. That plus her voice = perfection. No idea what she's singing or how she does it, but it is other-worldly, foreign, and magical.

  41. Denis MacEoin

    @tomsacold I don't think that explains. I have a PhD in Persian Studies and speak trhe language well. But I wouldn't hope to sing that accurately. Even in Melbourne, Farsi is not that common, and to get to her level of fluency and feeling for the music would imply considerable immersion in the language and the musical tradition. There has to be more to it than her simply growing up in a city with many languages. If Melbourne, why not Greek?

  42. Denis MacEoin

    How does Lisa Gerrard know enough Persian to get that right for the lyrics and sing exactly as an Iranian woman would sing it? Not all the lyrics match the singing, but it's pretty close.

  43. Grzegorz L

    piękne i zmysłowe

  44. miguelitoven

    Lis's voice always makes my spine tingle :)
    love it!

  45. miguelitoven

    Not bad, but what makes Dead Can Dance unique is the combination of the voices (mainly hers) and different instruments an mantras.

    Comparing with other songs it sounds kind of incomplete

  46. Hubble Deepfield

    Irish parents... come on the Irish!!!!heheheh she is amazing. best singer ever

  47. wefadetogray

    it breaks my heart since always

  48. John Kelleher

    Played this alongside studio album on computer - with a second's timelapse... ethereal and totally haunting

  49. phyuckyeu

    @Grithron2 Lisa Gerrard's face is haunting, as is her voice. I wouldn't have it any other way.

  50. Rudal

    @rowandax44 hehehe THATS the Lady whos singing this song :D Lisa Gerrard

  51. Jean-Dominique Grossetti

    @ashoftar

  52. Jean-Dominique Grossetti

    I eard many years ago this song from a persian singer of the 30', perhaps you know her, she's very popular i think.

  53. Hossein Makizade

    In Persian:
    میگن اسبت رفیق روز جنگه
    مو می گویم ازو بهتر تفنگه
    سوار بی تفنگ قدرت نداره
    سوار وقتی تفنگ داره سواره

    تفنگ دسته نقره م را فروختم
    بر یارم قبای ترمه دوختم
    فرستام برایش پس فرستاد
    تفنگ دسته نقره م داد بیداد

  54. Hossein Makizade

    Lyrics, English Translation :
    They say your charger is your pal on the day of battle
    I say even better is the gun
    A cavalryman without a gun is without vigour
    A cavalryman is one when he has got a gun

    I sold my silver-stock gun
    Sewed a Termeh frock for my love
    She returned it to me when I sent her the frock
    Oh alas my silver-stock gun

    theNineCorners

    Thanks for the translation. If you know.....is she pronouncing the words correctly?

  55. Grithron2

    Great performance - but why did you use such a grim picture?!