"Warszawa" as written by David Bowie and Brian Eno....
Mmmm-mm-mm-ommm
Sula vie dilejo

Mmmm-mm-mm-ommm
Sula vie milejo

Mmm-omm
Cheli venco deho
Cheli venco deho

Malio

Mmmm-mm-mm-ommm
Helibo seyoman
Cheli venco raero

Malio
Malio


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"Warszawa" as written by Brian Eno David Bowie

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  • +2
    General Commentwikipedia says:
    The arrangement is meant to evoke the desolation of Warsaw at the time of Bowie's visit in 1973. The mysterious lyrics and the piece of melody in the middle part of the song are based upon a recording of a Polish folk choir ÅšlÄ…sk.
    And Bowie himself once said, he created a kind of fantasy language for this song.
    soultosoulon November 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd I just got the idea that maybe the lyrics, which apparently are written in some made-up language, are done this way to make a reference to the censorship which is one of the commmunistic symbols and the fact that something like that touches people inspired him. Maybe he wanted to show that in order to express what you really feel you need your own words, or even language. Or to talk about an issue that's forbidden for some reason. And for me, this links to censorship.
    shaunahon January 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know where I can find an English translation for this song?
    doll_eyeson June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think there is one. I'm pretty sure it's just made-up Polish meant to fit the music (as Subterraneans was made-up English?)
    Ana Byrdon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, it doesn't mean anything in polish. doesn't even sound like it to be honest. i have no idea what's the deal with this song.
    freudian_slipon September 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot a single Polish word there but the title. Won't say much more as I'm yet trying to get this song. Yup, I haven't heard it :]
    Gwynbleiddon October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had to listen to it, when I read the title. I hoped for some Polish words in lyrics... Hmm. It definitely does not look or sound like Polish.
    SmileAwayon July 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapparently the words are totally made up. (so the books that i have read on this subject insist) . Bowie just sang very convincingly. It is supposed to portray rural poland...something like that anyway. The best thinking song that exists.
    fantasies&freefallon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was like a requiem for Warsaw in 1945, destroyed by the Nazis. Disappoited to hear the words don't mean anything!
    jimqukon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if they mean anything, but I'm from Poland and I can tell you they have nothing to do with the Polish language.
    Sapromindon February 13, 2008   Link

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