While I was digging around in our music library and on Itunes, I came across the sample track of “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister.
Do you remember that one?
BH and I had actually talked about it some time last week…the discussion was about the lyrics…”what the heck were they saying anyway?” — which is actually a question I have about many of the songs from my childhood/teenager years. I admit that I was quite often singing the wrong thing (not hard to do if you have a hearing issue).
For instance, my most memorable mistake was driving to school one day with my friends and rocking to Melissa Etheridge. I belted out “Okinawa!” and both my friends’ heads swiveled to look at me in confusion.
“What?” I asked.
“It’s not ‘Okinawa.’ It’s BROKEN LOVER!”
Well, alright then!
Having never heard of Okinawa (Japan) at that time, I can only surmise that I must have been in Japan or been Japanese in another life!
So, back to “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister. I always thought it was about a girl named Kyrie and then that word after…well, I thought he was expressing his pain or something. I don’t know!
The lyrics go like this…
Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie
The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road
My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again
Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light
When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be
Turns out Kyrie is the latin word for Lord. If said in its Latin pronunciation, it is pronounced… “keer-ee-eh” (with a long A sound at the end). For further clarification, the phrase Kyrie eleison (keer-ee-eh E-ley-uh-sawn) means “Lord have mercy” or is a response to “Lord have mercy upon us.”
Okinawa, indeed. 🙂
Got any confusing songs/lyrics in your life that you want to share?