Kala
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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Do you recognize me
Here on this sleeper train
And do you feel the pain

Growing into the night, Mary
And I can feel the taste
Of your birthday cake
Remember how it was
To hold you into my arms, Mary.

It wasnt there
The summer lights around

I wasnt there
His hand upon my knees
And were gone
Across the sunny streets

And were gone
The day you died, Mary
And we go faster now
Together throught the fields
Here on this sleeper train
And I can touch your face, Mary.

The precious things weve done
Hidden under my skin
I let you sleep a while
I leet you sleep
A while, Mary.

It was there
The summer lights around
I was there
His hand upon my knees
And were gone
Across the sunny streets.





And were gone
The day you died, Mary

Overall Meaning

In Yann Tiersen and Elizabeth Fraser's song "Kala", the singer is on a sleeper train, possibly heading to a funeral, and is thinking about a person named Mary who has passed away. The singer asks Mary if she recognizes them, and acknowledges the pain that they both feel. The singer reminisces about holding Mary in their arms, and the taste of her birthday cake. However, there is a sense of sadness because Mary is no longer alive. The singer also remembers a time when they weren't present during a happy moment, possibly due to the fact that they were not close with Mary at that point. They reflect on how fast time seems to be moving, perhaps implying that life is short and fleeting. Despite the fact that Mary has passed away, the singer says that the memories of the special things they did together are "hidden under [their] skin". In the end, the singer lets Mary rest and be at peace.


Line by Line Meaning

Do you recognize me
Asking if the person being addressed remembers who the singer is


Here on this sleeper train
Referring to where the singer and the person being addressed are


And do you feel the pain
Asking if the person being addressed can feel the same emotional pain as the singer


Growing into the night, Mary
Describing how the pain and emotions are intensifying over time


And I can feel the taste
Suggesting that the memory is vivid enough to induce physical sensations


Of your birthday cake
Specifically referencing a memory related to the person being addressed


Remember how it was
Asking the person being addressed to recall a previous experience


To hold you into my arms, Mary.
Describing an intimate moment with the person being addressed


It wasnt there
Acknowledging the absence of something


The summer lights around
Possibly referring to a lack of brightness or joy in the environment


I wasnt there
Admitting to not being present or involved in a situation


His hand upon my knees
Describing an unwanted or uncomfortable touch


And were gone
Suggesting that something significant has passed or ended


Across the sunny streets
Possibly implying that events occurred in a place or time that felt carefree or happy


And were gone
Repeating the idea of something significant coming to an end


The day you died, Mary
Stating a tragic event that changed everything


And we go faster now
Describing movement that is not necessarily literal, but more figurative or emotional


Together throught the fields
Suggesting a sense of unity or togetherness in moving forward


Here on this sleeper train
Referencing where the singer and the person being addressed currently are, but also possibly hinting at the idea of moving forward through life as if on a train journey


And I can touch your face, Mary.
Possibly invoking the idea of being able to connect with the person being addressed in a spiritual way


The precious things weve done
Acknowledging the value of shared experiences


Hidden under my skin
Possibly referring to how memories are part of the artist's identity


I let you sleep a while
A metaphorical description of letting the person being addressed rest


I leet you sleep
Repeating the idea that the artist is allowing the person being addressed to have some peace


A while, Mary.
Reiterating who the song is addressing


It was there
Stating that something was present or accounted for


The summer lights around
Possibly referencing a time or place where things felt light-hearted and joyful


I was there
Confirming that the artist was present and involved in the situation being described


His hand upon my knees
Repeating an earlier description of an unwanted touch


And were gone
Repeating the idea of something significant coming to an end


Across the sunny streets.
Describing a place or time where things felt carefree or happy


And were gone
Once again emphasizing the idea of something having ended


The day you died, Mary
Returning to the tragic event that has colored everything else in the song




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: FRASER, TIERSEN

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@fabiolaavina3671

brings me memories of things that never existed

@bspbeats

welcome to the matrix!

@TurinDarein

hiraeth....

@PsychicsSuck

Yann said " "I had written the lyrics for 'Mary', but on 'Kala', I left her to improvise freely. It was incredible: she took her notebook and wrote her own words, in her own language; then she sang, and it was superb." so its a made up language just incase anyone is wondering

@NouhaBalti

+miss .sadstrawberry I was wondering for real what was that language... but the way she did it is beautiful... Thank you for answering the question in my head

@user-ke1kd3nb6l

+Nouha Balti Καλα Kala means good in Greek laungage

@NouhaBalti

Κατερινα Μπακιρτζή can you understand the lyrics of this song? I'll be grateful if someone can explain it to me

@michellegonzalez4606

leo

@valeriacastillochamorro4517

gracias por resolver mis dudas, pero espera ¿hay algún lugar en donde pueda encontrar la letra?

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@EllenMaureen

Amazing. Liz is and always will be my all time favorite vocalist

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