Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Dark I Am Yet Lovely”

Composed by Sinéad O'Connor

(Source: Theology)

2 versions

4:11

Dublin sessions

Theology album
Something Beautiful: The Sinéad O'Connor Theology Conversation promo album

3:31

London sessions

Theology album

Lyrics

(Source: Theology)

Dark I am, yet lovely as tents of Kedar,
As the pavilions of Solomon either.
Don't hate me because the sun has darkened me.
All my mother's sons were so angry with me.
They made me watch the vineyards;
My own things I did not guard.
On my bed at night I sought whom my soul loves.
Oh, I sought, I sought, but I found him not.
So I ask U, daughters of Jerusalem,
Where is my love? Oh, tell me have U seen him?
Majestic as Lebanon, stately as cedars,
His mouth so delicious, his fragrance so pleases.
Such is my beloved, such is my darling,
And if U see him, say my heart is pining.
For the kisses of his mouth and his flavours,
Oh, the king had brought me into his chambers.
Say I delight in his love;
Say he's the one my soul was.
Vast floods can't quench love, no matter what love did,
Rivers can't drown love, no matter where love's hid.
So when U do find him out,
Bring his to my mother's house
And into the chamber of her who conceived me,
Then will he know me and then will he see me.
Tell him that love isn't done,
Tell him don't leave me alone.

Notes

Based on the Old Testament book Song of Songs, a.k.a. Song of Solomon.

Dark I am, yet lovely as tents of Kedar:

(Song of Solomon 1.5, KJV) "I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon."

either:

too

Don't hate me:

(Song of Solomon 1.6, KJV) "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept."

All my mother's sons:

my brothers

On my bed at night:

(Song of Solomon 3.1, KJV) "By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not."

Majestic as Lebanon:

(Song of Solomon 5.15, KJV) "His legs are pillars of marble, set up sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars."

His mouth so delicious:

(Song of Solomon 5.16, KJV) "His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."

Vast floods can't quench love:

(Song of Solomon 8.7, KJV) "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it..." C.f. also Sinéad's liner notes for "Lord Baker," where she also quotes this passage.

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