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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nam-tor Nash-veh Kov-tukh k'Saimon heh Garfunkel - I am a Rock by Simon and Garfunkel

Vesh'wak lu ri ma nash-veh t'hai'lu. Ri vesht aitlu nash-veh t'hai'lu -- goh vesht aitlu awek'es. Ri kup khartau besu'es -- Ri vesht fai-tor nash-veh uf - ni shal ek'tersayalar k'sular s'udish beyi-skann. Vesht telv-tor nash-veh Ahlbert Kahmu - Henri Deivid Thorou - Arthuhr Rihmbau - eh Sihlvia Plahth. Yehting vesht ma temoklar t'dunaplar pa'nash-veh -- shi'oren-dunaplar - kitau-tanaf - glantayalar pa'kitau-tanaf ---

Nam-tor nash-veh spo'nash tsuring i - hi ketilau shau-yehat shilaik-ha'kiv - Daktor Hu - eh Star Trek.

Varan nash-veh du aifa kla-min u'danaya pa'awek tala t'nash ralash-tanaf -- Nam-tor Nash-veh Kov-tukh k'Saimon heh Garfunkel.
There was a time when I had no friends. I didn't want friends - I only wanted solitude. I could not handle friendship - I didn't know how, so I broke off all ties to people outside of my immediate family. I read Albert Camus, Henry David Thoreau, Arthur Rimbaud, and Sylvia Plath. I literally had walls of books built around me - textbooks, literature, annotations on the classics...

This is still the way I am most of the time, but with a shaky social life, Doctor Who, and Star Trek added in.

I am telling you these things in an effort to explain the meaning this song has for me - I am a Rock by Simon and Garfunkel.

Gad t'Karil
Svi'glu-mu'gelik Disember -
Nam-tor nash-veh sa'awek -
Nantaun fna'krani fi-tor yutlar ne'rak
Fi'slu-tevan t'ralash-fam wein t'izh.
Nam-tor nash-veh kov-tukh -
Nam-tor nash-veh vikuvtra.

Ki'abru-tor nash-veh temoklar -
Glu-karik klomak -
Ta kup rim tilau.
Ri bolau nash-veh t'hai'lu - t'hai'lu aisha kusut.
Fnu-ven nash-veh mak heh ashaun t'ish.
Nam-tor nash-veh kov-tukh -
Nam-tor nash-veh vikuvtra.

Ri variben pa'ashaya -
Hi ki'zhu-tor nash-veh zhitlar -
Yukan ish svi'vokaya t'nash-veh.
Dungi ri ertau nash-veh zherka ta vesht tev-tor.
Kuv worla vesht ashau nash-veh - worla dungi vesht maf-tor.
Nam-tor nash-veh kov-tukh -
Nam-tor nash-veh vikuvtra.

Ma dunaplar t'nash-veh
Heh kitau-tanaf fashan nash-veh -
Fo-wein fo-danan nash-veh -
Ip-sutan svi'tvi-shal t'nash-veh - shar k'svi sudef t'nash-veh.
Estuhl nash-veh kling heh ri estuhl fan-veh nash-veh.
Nam-tor nash-veh kov-tukh -
Nam-tor nash-veh vikuvtra.

Heh ri olau kov-tukh kusut -
Heh worla maf-tor vikuvtra.

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.


  1. Thank you for posting this. Such a happy sounding, beautiful song for such a painful feeling. I went through a similar period of self-imposed isolation. I understand the feeling all too well. Btw, during the song I imagine Spock leaving the Enterprise for Gol.

  2. I love Simon & Garfunkel. I have most of their albums, so lyrical, well written poetry and harmonies. Sad you feel so isolated at times, however, I think we all feel that way time at times. I know I do, and have before. I like their song Old Friends too, I guess the opposite of I Am A Rock ;)