"Listen" as written by and Ian/orzabal Stanley....
Mother Russia badly burned
Your children lick your wounds
Pilgrim father sailed away
Found a brave new world

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"Listen" as written by Orzabal Stanley

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    General CommentThis song is just amazing.Post-rock a decade before anyone knew what that was.

    If you have ever brushed off Songs From the Big Chair as a relic of the '80s, give it a close listen. It is a masterpiece of any era of rock.
    leamancon March 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI challenge anyone to find out the following:

    Where in this (admittedly awesome, spacey) 6-minute song do they say these words? And the refrain at the end - is that in another language? If so what are they saying?
    stoolhardyon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRefrain at End: Cumple anos chica, no hay que preocuparse (Espanol)

    Basic English: Birthday girl it's not your fault OR Grow up Girl you don't have to worry.
    knightvisionon December 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok bad question but, is it Roland or Curt singing?
    tifnzon March 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh and the Spanish part is:
    cumpleaños chica, no hay que preocuparse.
    (translation is: birthday girl, no need to worry)

    And so the rest goes :
    cumplesños chica, no hay que preocuparse..
    soothe my feeling
    cumplesños chica, no hay que preocuparse.. (reapeat x 1)
    soothe my feeling...

    Anywase it repeats like that for a few lines. The only part that changes is the "soothe my feeling" part
    tifnzon March 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks for detailing the Spanish stuff at the end people.

    Why is it called "Listen"? Title/lyric mismatches always pique my interest...
    Outruneon March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a whispered "listen" in there too
    nic-ckon April 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe word 'listen' is being whisperd on the verge of the transition from the quiet to the bombastic, around 3.40, after the tape loops.

    And that's Curt calm, beautiful voice singing.

    The whole song is epic, I dream away every single time.

    The lyrics are also perfect, yet very symbolic.
    (Think about war, which was a hot topic back then)

    In this way, the song symbolises a revolution to me.
    OldSkoolon February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an emotional trip to me, and the lyrics bear Rolands trademark: Saying a lot with so little words.

    Critics cite Two Tribes (Frankie goes to Hollywood) as one of the best anti-cold war songs, but this is way intenser and breathtaking.
    OldSkoolon April 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI bought "Songs From The Big Chair" on vinyl in June 1985 and *always* loved this song more than any other on the whole album. It was anthemic to me.

    I also bought the 12" singles and *loved* "The Big Chair", "Sea Song", "Pharaohs" (another ambient track), and "When In Love With A Blind Man".

    Post-rock? I still don't know what that is. It's definitely ambient.

    The Spanish lyrics cited above seem to have 2 or 3 more syllables than I can hear being said in the song.
    Lord Hasenpfefferon March 21, 2012   Link

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