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Mother (ERA) (France)

ERA (Enminential Rythmn of the Ancestors) is a New Age music project by French composer Eric Lévi. They use lyrics which although similar to Greek or Latin are in fact deliberately devoid of any exact meaning. It is reminiscent of New Age music projects such as “Enigma”, “Gregorian”, and “Deep Forest”. ERA lyrics are written in Pseudo-Latin, as well as in English. Some of them are based on beliefs of the 13th century French Christian sect, the Cathars. ERA's live shows and music videos often feature artists dressed in medieval or traditional clothes and armour.

“Era” is the name of the first album (1998), wich includes “Mother”. Language=Pseudo Latin, English. Official video of the group ERA a little strange. Developed on a Greek island, wich combines the constant quest, faith, dance, daughter-girl and mother (mother’s spirit). The youtube videos unofficial focus point of the lyrics: 1-Images of mothers with their babies and children (most). 2-Mother Earth, with beautiful landscapes. 3-Life and Passion of Christ, highlighting Mary as mother of Jesus.

Mother you are always around
Let me tell you you're the only one.
Mother, when I see that look in your eyes
I know that you're my only child
And you make my world go round
and round and round
and round and round
and round and round

Amio sumoni
Yofanati vorento
Amere coreni
Yoa simento canante

Rentiro men foni
Senti re da muntera
Ioshepa runo
Solite tiro re tira-o-o


Do you love your mother
Like I love mine?
Do you wanna hold her
All through the night?
The silence is my soul
Love just agree
Rest...

Do you love your mother
Like I love mine?
Do you wanna be
A one and only child
Desires of your soul
Love just agree
Rest...

I rest my head on her chest
Head on her chest
Head on her chest
Do you love your mother
Like I love mine?

Amio sumoni
Yofanati vorento
Amere coreni
Yoa simento canante

Rentiro men foni
Senti re da muntera
Ioshepa runo
Solite tiro re tira ohh ohh

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE= You are the only one I love, you are the most important one for me.

YOU MAKE MY WORLD GO ROUND= You are the most important thing for me.

AMIO SUMONI= The choir parts of the song are written in pseudo Latin and Greek, but they don't mean anything at all. They are meant to create an atmosphere of mystery.

WANNA= (coll.) want to.

HOLD= Embrace, hug, put your arms around her.

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT= All night long, from the beginning of the night to the end.

SOUL= Spirit (the spiritual part of a person)

LOVE JUST AGREE= (?) Doesn't make any sense to me, and the verb should be "agrees".

The non-English parts are a made-up language which resembles Greek and Latin but it means nothing. The English parts are in simple English but it is really difficult to say what exactly they are talking about, like "mother... you're my only child" (!) doesn't make sense. But I guess the band was more interested in the aesthetics of the song and the general atmosphere of it all than in the actual message, which they prefer to be strange, weird, exoteric, thus making it sound more mystical.

Some people think they're talking about the Mother Earth, or the Goddess (so fashionable now in New Age), or Mary, Jesus' mother (an Mother of all humankind, according to Catholics and Orthodoxes), and others think it's just talking about the archetype of "mother" or about a real mother (from a child's point of view). This last interpretation is the one present on this video, where the mother is dead and the little girl is wishing for that mother who's gone.

A really strange song, anyway, and the video adds to its strangeness, but that's the feeling they want to produce on you.

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