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Music from the Movie “Once”

I recently got around to seeing a small-budget (made with little money) 2007 movie called Once, and I haven’t been able to get the music from the film out of my head.

The movie isn’t a musical (movie with a lot of singing and dancing), but music plays a very large part in the film.  The film takes place in Dublin, Ireland, and is about a struggling musician who busks (plays on the street) and who meets a young Czech immigrant (person who moves permanently to another country) who sells flowers on the street. The film was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, and won “best foreign film” at the 2007 Independent Film Awards, awards given to smaller independent films (films not made by a major movie studio (company)).  I really enjoyed the movie.

The main song from the soundtrack (collection of songs from a movie) is called “Falling Slowly,” and it received an Academy Award in 2008 for “best original song.”  In fact, all of the original songs in the movie were composed (written) and performed by the two lead actors, who in real life, are not actors, but musicians.  Since seeing the movie, I can’t get this tune (song) out of my head.  I hope to infect (give the disease to) you, too!  If you like this one, here is the other song, “If you want me,” that’s been haunting (won’t leave) me even more!

~ Lucy

“Falling Slowly”
by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

I don’t know you, but I want you
All the more for that (even more because of that0
Words fall through me, and always fool me
And I can’t react (respond)
And games that never amount to (result in) more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out (come to a result on their own)

Take this sinking (falling into the water) boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods (emotions) that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough and warred (had a battle) with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody (main notes in a song)
I’ll sing along

I paid the cost too late
Now you’re gone

11 Responses to “Music from the Movie “Once””

  1. emiliano Says:

    So long Lucy without a song in the Blog, thank you very much, your taste is always to me like “music to my ears” and now again it is.
    I have the film to see it, but I think we are going to see it quite soon.

    Yes, the song is like warm to the heart, calm, tender and beautiful, I like it.

  2. Anna Says:

    That’s one of my favorite films.
    That song made me feel happy today.
    Thanks, Lucy

  3. Loreto Says:

    It’s a lovely and catchy song, and now I’m eager to see the movie. I have placed on the top in my queue list.
    Thank you for share with us.

  4. Zhiyong Says:

    I share the same feeling after watching this film. I like musical film or film with many nice songs and this is one of the best. Its sound track is definitely worth getting. The plot isn’t complicated but a good one, except that I had hoped the two comes together at the end. Anyway, if you like this one you might want to check out another movie “Music and Lyrics” by Hugh Grant. Lots of nice songs in there sung by the actor and actress themselves.

  5. Peter Says:

    Thanks Jeff, for the word “busks.” I didn’t know the word. It is a very cool word. Thanks plenty.

    I haven’t seen the low-budget film you mentioned. I am not a movie buff ,but a movie goer. Where did you get the movie from?

    I have not listen to the piece yet . I fear that it sticks to my mind and I can’t sleep singing it till the break of dusk.

  6. Tania Says:

    Hi ! The song is very , very nice but too , too sad in my opinion. I have not seen the movie yet … but I could be infected by it . Thank you , Dr. Lucy .

    For me it is a new notion of cult film . It is interesting but I think I do not like it.
    And the horror film …not at all . I hate the violence . The life is not always very nice , very pleasant .
    Why should I see things more unpleasant ?
    The teen-agers prefer the science fiction films and SF novels . I appreciate the strange new ideas … but all without life among the cold and dark stars …

    All the best for you all . Raise your hopeful voice .

    Tania

  7. Viswa Says:

    Yep, It is great musical movie I ‘ve ever seen. The music was in mind after a couple of days after I have seen.

    I really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for posting about it.

  8. Peter Says:

    Vow,the peice totally moved me. It touched my very core.

    Man, I got totally emotional.

    Jeff ,No offence, but Before ,you struk me as a down-to-earth, logical person,I mean logical to a fault, who is far from touchy,cheesy,sentimental stuff. Now that the aforesung ( made-up word)music has brought out your emotional side. I have to say ,I was totally wrong.nice to know you, in the whole another level bro.

  9. Sara Says:

    soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful! thanks Lucy

  10. ESLPodcast Google Group Says:

    I didnt like that movie. Look´s nice.

  11. Michael Says:

    fantastic movie indeed
    Just like the you all, I couldn’t get this song out of my head after seeing the movie on PRIME television.

    I’d like to download the song to my IPOD
    Do any off you know a way to do that??