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btw forgot to add, the one with parts of wood only has 18 notes whereas there are 20 in the song. Sorry re below, that's with regards to the version in the end credits. The next line is correct and number of notes/syllables matches up. :)
brilliant music for a brilliant film. soundtracks like this don't have an expiration date. They're in my mp3 player year round. the music evokes great sentimentality, as well as the voices. I'm really curious who wrote the lyrics. was it inspired by levinson?
'Toys' is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks, and for obvious reasons it spends a lot of time in my CD player around this time of year.
I have no idea why, but the version of 'Closing of the Year' at the end of the album always brings tears to my eyes, especially Seal's solo - the way his voice soars and the arrangement backs him up. For the longest time though I've wondered about his lyrics - I'm only able to make out a few words here & there - and none of the other lyrics sites includes his verse.
Thank you for including them (or at least your best guess) here; they're every bit as beautiful as the rest of the song... and best wishes and love to all of us at the closing of this year.
An update on lyrics... So I rented the movie "Toys" and watched it with subtitles. This is what the subtitles say. The only part not subtitled, of course, was the kids' chorus; also I starred the couple parts where the subtitles didn't seem to match what I was hearing - no "s" on misfortune, and no use of the word "so" at all in the second verse. Here's a direct copy of the subtitles:
If I cannot bring you comfort, then at least I bring you hope For nothing is more precious than the time we have, and so We all must learn from small misfortunes* Count the blessings that are real Let the bells ring out for Christmas At the closing of the year
Now all the winter bells are ringing Hear them echo through the snow And the children's voices singing On the streets so far below So* this is a time to be together And the truth is somewhere here We give our love for people At the closing of the year
We'll walk in a sun With all of the faith And all of the patience All of the way With all of us right, and all of us saying No one an island We'll fly in the arms of time Walk in the waves, never fall, don't fall At the closing of the year
Although the subtitles skipped this, between the soundtrack and video for the movie, it seems like the kids are singing this: Up on the knees of a soldier made of parts of wood with the wind in your hair, Silver bells on a stolen reindeer as we race to the castle over there
Next, I checked out Youtube's posted videos of Sarah Brightman/Placido Domingo singing this, as well as someone's street recording of the Disneyland Carolers, both live. Most of the lyrics match up, except for these:
In both cases, it sounds as though the kids' chorus part is singing this: Up on the knees of a sergeant major, ride through the woods with the wind in your hair, Sleigh bells ring on a stolen reindeer as we race to the castle over there
The carolers don't do Seal's solo, but Placido Domingo does and it sounds like this: We will walk in the sand With all of the pain And all of the patience All of the way With all of us right And all of us saying No one an island (poor guy mispronounces it iss-land) We'll fly in the arms of time Walking the way's never far, not far (at least, I hear a clear "r" pronounced in there.)
It's great to finally know what the kids are singing right after the intro! Thanks so much for the lyrics. It helped clarify a few points on Seal's solo, too; although I think he says something slightly different (and it makes more sense to me this way) right at the end: instead of "Walk in the waves, never fall, don't fall" it sounds to me like he's singing "Walking, the way's never far, not far" Anyway, thanks for all the good lyrics.
Currently it's difficult to buy this single, but ZTT Records' MySpace has full song of "Closing Of The Year." http://www.myspace.com/zttrecords
And here's the lyrics. It was mostly completed thanks to the forum members :) http://www.hans-zimmer.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=5296
---- THE CLOSING OF THE YEAR (Written by Trevor Horn and Hans Zimmer)
If I cannot bring you comfort then at least I bring you hope For nothing is more precious than the time we have and so
We all must learn from small misfortunes count the blessings that are real Let the bells ring out for Christmas at the closing of the year Let the bells ring out for Christmas at the closing of the year
(Children chorus) Up on the knees of a soldier made of parts of wood, with wind in your hair Silver bells on a stolen reindeer as we race to the castle over there
If I cannot bring you comfort then at least I bring you hope
Now all the winter bells are ringing hear them echo through the snow And the children's voices singing on the streets so far below
This is a time to be together and the truth is somewhere here Within our love for people at the closing of the year
(Seal's solo) We'll walk innocent with all of the pain and all of the patience and all of the way and all of us right and all of us say Love one another We'll fly in the arms of time walk in the waves, never fall Don't fall (at the closing of the year) at the closing of the year
If I cannot bring you comfort then at least I bring you hope
After i heard you fromthe soundack 'Waking Ned Devine' i had to find out more about Zimmer. when I listened to 'The Closing Of The Year' I couldnt stop listening to it. It became my girlfriends favorite pieces of music. If at all possible, the next time you get to do a serious movie with a god moral lesson to learnm from maybe you can do something theat closely relates to that song, or redo the song. What ever you do ,don't stop making music. It is what moves the world.