MONUMENT OF MIRACLES

Unlike the other 11 songs in the album, I first wrote the lyrics for the song “Monument of Miracles” in Turkish, then translated it into English for the album, “The Path”.

 

As a poem/song written to a mother, I think that this song is the most emotional song of the album…

 

I wrote the lyrics of the song as a poem two or three years after my mother passed away in 1989. As I wrote the lyrics, I tried to think of what a child might think about his mother. As a person who believes that every mother is a person who creates wonders/miracles for her child/children, I named the poem “Şaheserler Abidesi” meaning  “Monument of Masterpieces” in Turkish. I kept the poem in my documents, until I started writing the book, YOL (THE PATH), in 2017… I included the original version in Turkish of the poem in my book. While transforming the poem into song lyrics, I had to make some minor changes to get the syllable numbers of the lines in line with the flow of the melody. By making a video with my phone’s camera, I shared the song on Facebook for the first time on Mother’s Day on May 10, 2020.

 

Translating the song lyrics into Turkish was quite a challenge… I wanted to make sure that the meaning of every word in Turkish is appropriately reflected in the English version.

 

The following instruments were used during the recording of the song:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • 2 Violins
  • Viola
  • Cello

The Lyrics:

MONUMENT OF MIRACLES  

I THOUGHT OF MY MOTHER YESTERDAY,

I THOUGHT OF HER GIVING ME A LIFE TO LIVE.

I DREAMT OF MY MOTHER YESTERDAY

AND FOUND MYSELF IN ENDLESS HAPPINESS.

* * *

IF I’M ASKED TO DESCRIBE LOVE,

TO EXPLAIN WHAT SACRIFICE IS;

IF PATIENCE WAS THE TOPIC,

I WOULD DESCRIBE MY MOM.

* * *

WHO DO YOU CALL A FRIEND?

AND WHO IS YOUR CONFIDANT?

DESCRIBE A WHOLEHEARTED PERSON…

“WHO ELSE, BUT MY MOM!” I WOULD SAY.

* * *

WHAT’S THAT SUN THAT BRIGHTENS US?

WHAT ABOUT THE WATER GIVING LIFE…

AND WHAT’S THIS AIR THAT WE BREATH IN?

“WHAT ELSE, BUT MY MOM!” I WOULD SAY.

* * *

HOW DO RAIN AND SNOW FALL DOWN UPON US?

HOW DO PLANTS AND FLOWERS GROW?

HOW DO MOON AND STARS SHINE ABOVE US?                          

“MY MOTHER DOES IT ALL!” I WOULD SAY.

* * *

I THOUGHT OF MY MOTHER YESTERDAY,

I THOUGHT OF HER GIVING ME A LIFE TO LIVE.

I SAW MY MOTHER YESTERDAY,

ASCENDING AS A MONUMENT OF MIRACLES…

MONUMENT OF MIRACLES…

MONUMENT OF MIRACLES…