"I Zimbra" as written by Brian Eno and David Byrne....
Gadji beri bimba clandridi
Lauli lonni cadori gadjam
A bim beri glassala glandride
E glassala tuffm I zimbra

Bim blassa galassasa zimbrabim
Blassa glallassasa zimbrabim

A bim beri glassala grandrid
E glassala tuffm I zimbra

Gadji beri bimba glandridi
Lauli lonni cadora gadjam
A bim beri glassasa glandrid
E glassala tuffm I zimbra

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"I Zimbra" as written by Brian Eno David Byrne

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  • +2
    General CommentDadaism. The most relevant art/anti-art movement ever, especially in these times. These lyrics were written nearly 100 years ago by Dadaist poet/performance artist Hugo Ball. And mean just as much/little as they did back then!
    flyingroboton June 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis says sooo much to me....
    Pabstdrinkinon May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry, you're quite wrong...and flyingrobot is quite right. It's a poem written by Hugo Ball. Where'd you get the idea that Eno wrote them? Too much Pabst, maybe?!
    mattmc387on January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust to chime in - Mattmc387 and flyingrobot are correct. See ubu.com/sound/…, a web site devoted to Hugo Ball on which you can here the I Zimbra lyrics in their urtext form, sans DB and co. Having done so, one can only marvel at how cool the TH song came out, since the HB original strikes me as esoteric crap. Sorry if there are fans out there. . .
    kagemushaon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks for that about hugo ball - i always loved this song, but assumed it was sung in some african language, as DB has always been into borrowing from other cultures...

    but then again, are we sure that hugo ball didn't write it in swahili ??? maybe its just another boy meets girl ballad to someone from malawi.
    falsealarmon May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"E glassala tuffh i zimbra!"
    Cynothoglyson March 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool fripp solo...he probably walked in the studio, did his bit then left after about 15 mins.
    foreverdroneon September 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow. I did not know that. After 25 years of hearing this song on and off I always presumed it was Swahili or something.

    When I clicked to this page I was hoping for a translation. LQTMS

    Learning the truth is even more interesting, so thanks for that.

    Guess I'll go look up Hugo Ball.
    Hi_In_The_Mid_80son October 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI spent some time researching Hugo Ball and his works. It seems to me that the song has no translation. according to a one source, he wrote his poetry in German using "nonsensical words". The song may have a meaning, but it cannot be translated.
    rocker1996on September 12, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commentyes, you are right if Brian Eno is a 100yr old dadaist..... Brian Eno wrote that, he's a producer.
    Pabstdrinkinon December 21, 2004   Link

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