"Agnus Dei" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
Agnus dei
Agnus dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Agnus dei
Agnus dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem
Pacem
Dona nobis pacem


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"Agnus Dei" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General CommentThis song is attached to the trailer of "Trade" a film about international human trafficking and although I have not seen the movie, after watching the trailer with this version of Agnus Dei, I had tears in my eyes. I was crying from a trailer-if for nothing else than bringing light to human trafficking this song will alway be simply stunning and Rufus does an incredible job.
    lulubelle3335on September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA very interesting song for Rufus to sing, given its implications. Why Catholicism of all things? especially something so sacred...

    I think this is an interesting song to put on Want Two. I also love that it's on the same album with Gay Messiah and Old Whore's Diet. Vocals are so awesome. Really shows off what a great, expressive and effortless voice he has.
    anna118kon November 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthearing this live earlier this month completely blew me away.
    Bowieon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I hear this song, I think of suicide. The creaking at the beginning sounds like someone swinging from the rafters; the music sounds like a Requiem Mass.

    Rufus's sexuality is probably influencing my interpretation of the song, but, to me, at the key change, it sounds like the dead's soul rising to meet the gay Messiah. Continuity rules!
    divachemon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just... amazing. His voice haunts me with every crescendo and every trill. No song has ever done this to me before.
    sonatinaon April 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat language is that?(*thinks* Catholic...Italian?!)
    octogirlprettyon August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLatin.
    Feels almost tongue in cheek for him to sing this. He's changed it slightly as the line normally runs "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". Saying "You who take away the sins of the world" sounds almost antagonistic.
    kala_wayon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI rather liked divachem 's interpretation. This song showcases Rufus's voice, which is absolutely amazing- the amount of emotion he can sink into his incredible range is just astounding every time I hear him sing.
    sygsteron September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKala way - I think that the "you" added in there is just how the person has translated it, because the latin is always written "qui tollis peccata mundi" - so no change there.

    Anybody think it sounds almost middle eastern near the beginning?

    Fuck it's beautiful though, I love it when it just explodes with the orchestra. His voice is so amazing and I cannot wait to see him -- Sydney in January!
    bubbleswebbon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTheres a definite tone of anger as he starts singing and the scratchy violin sound creates alot of tension but also the song becomes more melodic as it continues and by the end becomes something really quite beautiful. Its almost a lesson on how we have to start something and be terrible before we can become good and that perhaps instead of God giving us spiritual peace its actually music. The song finds beauty in the most dreadful noise and simple melody (the asian sounding melody) and develops it into something very spiritual and indeed peaceful. It is almost as if he is crying for peace and finally achieves it. Its complex and wonderful and a fantastic way to start an album.
    kitcat.1488on November 08, 2007   Link

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