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Comments about the soundtrack for Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard)

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Re: Now We Are Free lyrics found
• Posted by: Phaedra   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, January 30, 2004, at 8:33 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Now We Are Free lyrics found (Dan Hayes)

> Does anyone know what language the lyrics are in? Looks like Hebrew to me.
> Thoughts?
I was lookin' for gladiator soundtrack and i found
> click on it.

It's definitely not Hebrew. First of all, it's not Hebrew because I'd understand it if it were, and second, it's not Hebrew because I'm pretty sure I heard a bunch of "ch" sounds in there ("ch" as in "chin," not the Hebrew sound -- an unvoiced velar fricative like the final sounds in "Bach" or "loch" -- that's often transliterated as "ch"), and Hebrew doesn't have that sound. I could be wrong: they could be "sh," but they sound a little too hard to me.

There is something in there that phonetically sounds like "shalom," -- something that occurs frequently in her music --but I believe Lisa Gerrard is engaging in glossolalia, and it's a random, coincidental, combination of phonemes. I recall reading once that she shapes the sounds to the music.

Hope that helps.

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