ONCE song Falling Slowly got Oscar Nomination

The songster Marketa Irglova and Singer Glen Hansard can be happy; their effors and emotions they put into the low-budget movie ONCE got hearts of millions. Combination of tenderness and hope expressed in the song Falling Slowly brought them Oscar nomination.

Once is a 2006 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney. Set in Dublin, it stars musicians Glen Hansard (of popular Irish rock band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová, a fictional Czech emigrant, as struggling musicians. Falling Slowly already got the prize of the American National Society of Film Critics, for the best original film song.

Falling slowly lyrics

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’ve made 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

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 along

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  1. Lawrence Connolly said, Jan 23, 06:39 PM #

    Marketa Irglova, self-effacing Dragon slayer.

    Glen Hansard mentioned in an interview some time after their performance in Seattle, that he and Marketa had some unexpected visitors backstage to meet them: Bill & Melinda Gates and family. One wonders what the Gates’ beheld in Hansard & Irglova that would have prompted them to use a perquisite of power to get a closer look. In another interview, Hansard revealed that he and Marketa had been invited by Al Gore to join him for dinner. Again, one wonders what motivated Al to reach out to invite these aspiring young musicians for dinner. Surely, such occurrences are not common. I suspect, with all due respect to Hansard’s talents, that Bill Gates and Al Gore were as secretly smitten as the thousands of other men and women who beheld Ms. Irglova’s acting and ethereal singing debut in ONCE. Why? Because in an age of endless parading of prurient films pandering to the masses’ baser drives, one cannot help be taken by the stark contrast of decency and virtue this valiant young woman portrays. She’s intelligent, personal, helpful, courteous, generous, constructive, industrious — and modestly dressed neck to toe throughout the entire film. Not only is there no sex, there’s zero exposure. Moreover, when asked in the film by Guy to “stay the night,” Girl demurs politely despite a fleeting tug of temptation, and then becomes justifiably indignant at Guy’s crass persistence. Here art seems to portend real life. For there is a YouTube interview showing a shy Marketa, occasionally flashing her Princess Diana smile, suddenly blanching and lurching forward at Glen Hansard’s mere insinuation that he might have kissed her privately. Gracious! In a time of crass celebrity pudenda photos and shameless announcements of who is illicitly pregnant by whom, could we find such a real virtuous young woman as this?! Perhaps there ought to be a market research poll taken of those who beheld Ms. Irglova’s moving performance in ONCE. I suspect the magnitude of those slain by the sights and sounds of this lovely ingénue were far greater than realized. The audiences were not simply watching and hearing the moving performance of just another young woman, they were witnessing the birth of a dragon slaying star.