Especial – La Ilíada y la Odisea

Publicado: 25 abril, 2010 en Especial
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Hoy en la Cara Ce os invitamos a celebrar el Día del Libro, aunque sea con retraso. Para ello hemos seleccionado dos canciones que narran con bastante detalle y fidelidad dos de las grandes obras de la literatura universal: la Ilíada y la Odisea. El equipo de investigación de la Cara Ce, que ha leído ambos libros, puede garantizar que en este formato son bastante más divertidos y amenos, así que no dejéis pasar esta oportunidad.

And Then There Was Silence” es la versión de Blind Guardian de la guerra de Troya. Eso significa que no es totalmente fiel a la Ilíada, pero mejor, así mola más, porque cuenta toda la guerra, hasta que los griegos ganan por la argucia conocida de regalar un caballo gigante de madera lleno de guerreros armados hasta los dientes. Este capítulo no figura en la Ilíada, sino que lo narró posteriormente Virgilio en la Eneida. La canción nos cuenta el asedio de la ciudad de Troya, las profecías de Casandra que nadie llegó a creer pese a que eran ciertas, y no se detiene mucho en el rapto de Elena, mejor, sino que va directamente a Aquiles y Héctor, pasando por las celebraciones de los troyanos cuando creen que los griegos se retiran (minuto 10, lo mejor de la canción, sin duda).

Por su parte, Symphony X incluyeron en su disco The Odyssey un tema homónimo de unos 25 minutos en el que contaban este otro poema de Homero. Está dividido en varias secciones que corresponden con bastante fidelidad a las aventuras de Ulises (Odiseo en el original) para volver a su hogar, Ítaca, tras la guerra de Troya. Comienza con una introducción orquestal de 4 minutos, que continúa con el tema principal: las ganas que tiene el pobre Ulises de volver a casa. Este tema se va repitiendo en las distintas secciones como en una suite clásica. Las siguientes secciones hablan de los encuentros con Circe, las Sirenas, y los monstruos Escila y Caribdis, hasta que finalmente logra regresar junto a su mujer. Para su sorpresa, hay cientos de personas cortejándola, pero les desafía y recupera el trono de Ítaca.

Felicidades! Quedaos aquí 39 minutos de nada y ya podéis decir que los habéis leído. Tenéis las letras tras el corte, porque son larguísimas. Y Odyssey no cabía en un solo vídeo de Youtube, así que…

And Then There Was Silence

Odyssey




And then there was silence

Turn your head and see the fields of flames

(Don’t move along)
He carries along
(Cause things they will go wrong)
>From a distant place
(The end is getting closer)
He’s on his way
(Day by day)
He’ll bring decay
In shades of grey
We’re doomed to face the night
Light’s out of sight

Since we’ve reached the point of no return
We pray for the starlight we wait for the Moon
The sky is empty, alone in the unknown
we’re getting nowhere

We have been betrayed by the wind and the rain
The sacred hall’s empty and cold
The sacrifice made should not be done in vain
Revenge will be taken by Rome

We live a lie
Under the dying moon
Pale-faced laughs doom
Indulges in delight

It’s getting out of hand
The final curtain will fall

Hear my voice
There is no choice
There’s no way out
You’ll find out

We don’t regret it
So many men have failed but now he’s (gone)
Go out and get it
The madman’s head it shall be thine
We don’t regret it
That someone else dies hidden in (disguise)
Go out and get it
Orion’s hound shines bright

Don’t you think it’s time to stop the chase
Around the ring
Just stop running, running
Round the ring
Don’t you know that fate has been decided
By the gods
Feel the distance, distance
Out of reach

Welcome to the end
Watch your step, Cassandra, you may fall
As I’ve stumbled on the field
Find myself in darkest places
(Sister mine)
Find myself drifting away
(Death’s a certain thing)
And the other world
The other world appears

Find myself she dies in vain

I cannot be freed, I’m falling down
As time runs faster, moves towards disaster
The ferryman will wait for you, my dear

And then there was silence
Just a voice from the other world
Like a leaf in an icy world
Memories will fade

Misty tales and Poems lost
All the bliss and beauty
Will be gone
Will my weary soul find release for a while
At the moment of death I will smile
It’s the triumph of shame and disease

In the end (Iliad)
Raise my hands and praise the day
Break the spell show me the (way)
In decay
The flame of Troy will shine bright

The newborn child will carry ruin to the hall
The newborn’s death would be a blessing to us all

Good choice?
Bad choice?
Out of three you’ve chosen misery

Power and wisdom you deny
(Bad choice, bad choice)

War is the only answer when Love will conquer fear

So the judgement’s been made
To the fairest the graceful says
Badly he fails

(Warning)
Fear the heat of passion, father king
(Don’t let him in
Don’t let her in)
Desire, lust, obsession
Death they’ll bring
(We can’t get out
Once they are in)

She’s like the sunrise
Outshines the Moon at night
Precious like starlight
She will bring in a murderous price

(In darkness grows the seed of man’s defeat)
Jealousy
(I can clearly see the end now)
I can clearly see the end now
I can clearly see the end now

(The thread of life is spun)
The coin’s been placed below my tongue

Never give up
Never give in
Be on our side so we can win
Never give up
Never give in
Be on out side
(Old moon’s time) is soon to come

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Nothing to lose like one we’ll stand
We’ll face the storm
Created by a man

Roar Roar Roar Roar
Troy (Troy Troy Troy)
And as the lion slaughters man
I am the wolf and you’re the lamb

(Hallowed) Troy will fall round the walls
Faith is shattered, bodies fall

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Nothing to lose like one we’ll stand
It’s all for one and one for all
We live for will be wiped out

I feel that something’s (wrong)
Surprise, surprise they’re gone

Full moon your time goes by
And new moon’s still kept out of sight
We live
Misty tales and Poems lost
(We die)
All the bliss and beauty will be gone

Will my weary soul find release for a while
At the moment of death I will smile
It’s the triumph of shame and disease

In the end (Iliad)
Raise my hands and praise the day
Break the spell show me the (way)
In decay
The flame of Troy will shine bright

Roam in darkness
(Spread the vision)
Roam in darkness
(Spread the vision)
Roam in darkness
(Spread the vision)
Roam in darkness
(Spread the vision)
(Roam in darkness)
(We will be lost if you truly believe)
(Roam in darkness)
Troy in darkness
(There’s a cold emptiness in our hearts)
That they’ve gone away
(And) won’t come back

They’ll tear down the wall to bring it in
They’ll truly believe in the lie
Lie, lie

With blossoms they’ll welcome the old foe

The vision’s so clear
When day and dream unite the end is near
You better be prepared

The nightmare shall be over now, there’s nothing more to fear
Come join in our singing and dance with us now
The nightmare shall be over now, there’s nothing more to fear
The war it is over forevermore

No hope
The blind leads the blind
Carry on
Though future’s denied

Mare or stallion
There’s far more inside
We are in at the kill we’ll cheerfully die

Misty tales and Poems lost
All the bliss and beauty
Will be gone
(Will) my weary soul find release for a while
At the moment of death I will smile
It’s the triumph of shame and disease

In the end (Iliad)
Raise my hands and praise the day
Break the spell show me the (way)
In decay
The flame of Troy will shine bright

Holy light shines on

So the judgement’s been made
We’re condemned though the trial’s far ahead

The crack of doom, Father
Your handsome son is heading home

Still the wind blows, calm and silent
Carries news from a distant shore
Still the wind blows, calm and silent
Carries news from a distant shore
Still the wind blows, calm and silent
(Out of mind)
Carries news from a distant shore
(Can’t get it)
(Still the wind blows, calm and silent)
(Out of mind)
(Carries news from a distant shore)
(Can’t get it out of my head)
(Can’t get it)
(Out of mind)
(Can’t get it out of my head)

Sorrow and defeat
Sorrow and defeat

Odyssey

[Part I Odysseus’ Theme / Overture]
[music / orchestration – Romeo]

[instrumental]

[Part II – Journey to Ithaca]
[music – Romeo]
[lyrics – Allen, Romeo]

To the one that I love, my journey has begun
When our eyes meet once more there will be peace
The taste of your lips the warmth of your touch
again, forever, two souls as one

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home – I’m dreaming of the home
I’ve been twenty years away from all I ever knew
to return would make my dream come true

Seasons of sorrow have stolen all my years
I miss the rolling hills of Ithaca
I’ve been through battles and cried a sea of tears
but the tide is changing, and with it all my fears

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home – I’m dreaming of the home
I’ve been twenty years away from all I ever knew
to return would make my dream come true

Behold the sea and winds of Jove
We set sail guided by the stars above
The ports of Troy escape our view
a cold and stormy fate awaits our rendezvous

Onward we ride, into the raging fury
Setting our course by the moon and sun
We forge ahead seeking glory
Yet the journey has just begun

Onward we ride – nine days we brave her might
we are coming home…

[Part III – The Eye]
[music- Romeo]
[lyrics – Romeo]

Awakened at dawn – Land dead ahead
with the winds of the morning we change course
no remorse, a place forbidden to all

Search all the grounds – find food and water
Yet journey not into the Cave of Woe
long ago, a legend spoke of a beast

A thousand riches hidden deep within the stone
A thousand nightmares mortal blood forever flows

A mountainous black – engulfed in a shadow
a bone-chilling growl and an Eye of Hate
a ghastly fate – held prisoner by the Eye

Yet he must sleep – as the daylight fades
we focus our senses and sharpen our blade
we take aim – In silence we strike

A thousand riches hidden deep within the stone
A thousand nightmares – blood runs forever – from the Eye…

[Part IV – Circe (Daughter of the Sun)]
[music – Romeo]
[Lyrics – Romeo]

We sit adrift on the open sea
The gift of wind, by Zeus, concealed – so carelessly
We break the waves on a course untrue
across the endless plain of blue – a new coast in view

Yeah…

We carouse with the maiden
beneath her eyes the madness lies
…in mystery

I drink deep from the chalice
of gold and jade – my senses fade
…I’m mesmerized

Stay – like those before
I condemn you all – from walk to crawl
…metamorphasized

No – my will it defies her
speak the verse – lift the curse
…she’s mesmerized

Am I asleep?
Tell me Daughter of the Sun
There’s vengeance in the air and all things must be undone

[Part V – Sirens]
[music – Romeo]
[lyrics – Romeo]

Dire warnings –
told by the sorceress in white
‘false bringers of love’ – Sirens
echoing songs from above

Wings flowing –
floating on Sea of Lies
I defy their vision
Elysium swallows my cries

Embracing –
maidens of lust stimulate
and manipulate my senses
I welcome a watery grave

Tied steadfast to the mast
tragedy awaits me
I’m falling victim
betrayed by the sea

[Part VI – Scylla and Charybdis]

[a) Gulf of Doom]
[b) Drifting Home]
[music / orchestration – Romeo]

[instrumental]

[Part VII – The Fate of the Suitors / Champion of Ithaca]
[music – Romeo]
[lyrics – Lepond, Romeo]

So this is home…
In the guise of a beggar – Minerva guides my way
I find my kingdom in jeopardy

Vengeance – it swells within me
As I spy so many who eye my Queen
I’ll make them pay for this blasphemy… All will see

Triumphant – Champion of Ithaca
I will right all the wrongs
Let the Gods sing my song
Triumphant – Champion of Ithaca
Let a new life begin
my journey has come to and end

A contest of valor
‘to pierce the twelve rings
in a single arrow’s flight’
Yet, not a one can string the bow

My veil of silence lifted
All is revealed
revenge burns in my heart
thrashing and slashing down all my foes…to claim the throne

Triumphant – Champion of Ithaca
I will right all the wrongs
Let the Gods sing my song
Triumphant – Champion of Ithaca
Let a new life begin
this is the end of my Odyssey

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home – I’m finally home
I’ve been twenty years away from all I ever knew
I have returned to make my dream come true

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