Falling Slowly

I ADORE this song. Love this version. My daughter and I used to harmonise and play it together and it always moved us to hugs or smiling tears. My son has it on a playlist and we used to belt it out in the car with the volume up when I drove him to college. So many layers of significance.

Some days it just says everything I’m feeling.

In my teens, twenties and thirties, I used to write my own songs and sang anywhere I was asked – cafés, tavernas, bars, college haunts, concert halls… These days, I just sing alone in the car. The first time I watched the DVD of ‘Once’, I had to leave the room, go to the bathroom and grab onto the sink with both hands, taking deep breaths, feeling like I’d drown with the pain of missing it, the moment when my voice resonated with someone else’s heart.

I could write about the film, write about the Oscar-winning soundtrack and the making of the film, but I’d rather urge you to rent the DVD and watch it. It’s poignantly life affirming.

This link used to take you to a video with scenes from the film, but it now says it’s only available in certain areas, probably just the States:  ONCE: Falling Slowly (Please let me know if it works for you.)

If you’re in the UK, the link below is music only:

Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can’t react
And games that never amount
To more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking 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 that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred 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
I’ll sing it loud


  1. This is an old post, one I wrote before I launched Sharing the Journey. As I’ve been having technical problems and difficulties with drafts and checking live previews, I thought I’d experiment with an old post, just to have something different on the front page while I’m updating themes and plugins and wading through WordPress forums!

    1. Thanks for responding so quickly – I love having the comments boxes back and working! Fingers crossed that I’m not tempting fate, but things seem OK now! If I understood the helpdesk’s email correctly, the main problems were caused by security changes WordPress had made after recent hackings in the US. We may have problems yet to come as we try to make this version of Thesis responsive, but for now I’m delighted that it doesn’t take me over a minute for every link to work!

    1. Thanks, Joanna! To be honest, I’m not even sure how the whole feed set up works. It was one of those things we set up back at the start, but since then, I’ve learned that I lost most of my subscribers when google dropped some feed alert system or other. I was doing my Rip Van Winkle at the time so when I dipped my toe back in the waters, very few people knew. That makes me even more grateful for folk who still pop over or who’ve signed up this year. 🙂

  2. OH. WOW that song was so touching, especially at the end. I loved how “hope” was in the song.

    I also looked up the movie. It’s interesting how long it took to come to production. The storys sounds bitter-sweet, but if the music is anything like the video you put up…well, I hope I can find the movie and watch it. It reminds me of August Rush, which is one of my favorite movies.

    Good luck with the technical problems. I hope you get them fixed soon 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sara! Fingers crossed, I seem to be able to comment now, to preview drafts and do all sorts of bloggy things that require communication between my blog and WordPress!

      I loved August Rush, too! With my daughter and me both being musical, and the whole family being movie addicts, we’ve rented and bought dozens of DVD’s with musical themes through the years. ‘Music and Lyrics’ is another one of my all time favourites. ‘Once’ is probably the most ‘real’ of them all, but it’s still heartwarming and worth a watch for the music alone.

      We watched ‘Glee’ till the kids outgrew it (I love Gwyneth Paltrow’s singing voice!) and I’m currently addicted to ‘Nashville’.

      Now that the blog seems to be up and running again, I’ll maybe post some samples of my daughter’s songs, if she lets me!

    1. Hi there, Julia!
      Sorry if three comments in the same half hour felt like a comment bombing – I do go on a bit! It was a combination of being inspired by your community photo challenge and being relieved about your test results. 🙂 I often read blogs silently without commenting when I’m catching up after hibernating or not going near my own blog, but despite my best intentions of saving up my responses to different posts and putting them all in one comment on a person’s most recent post, I’m so easily distracted – especially on Friday evenings, when we’re in celebratory mood and my husband makes homemade pizza and garlic bread to go with the wine 😉 – that it’s best not to trust my memory!

      Thanks for taking the time to share the link with us; I appreciate it. (Maybe not one for those who plan to watch the DVD, but it is a sweet part of the film for those who don’t plan to.)

    1. Hi Hilary! Such a relief to see you and to see you’ve a new post up! I was starting to wonder if you really had been doing salsa dancing with your new hip! 😉 Thanks for the email filling me in which I got just before I found this comment.

      Glad you like the song; I find it anthemic and uplifting. And thanks for the link. 🙂 I’ll check it out after I submit this. Film society, eh? You kept that one quiet! If I’d known, I’d have posted a few filmy things for you. You know how obsessed I am with music and poetry, language, personal development, Greece, flowers, scents and all the things I’ve subjected you to over the years? Well I haven’t talked about film much here because it’s one of my HUGE obsessions and I wouldn’t know where to start – or stop!! (I tutored Media Studies at one point.)

      Off to cook tea now, but I see you’ve been comment box hopping – yay! I look forward to reading the others tomorrow or later this evening.

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