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Aubade

One of the most beautiful and saddest words in the English language, Aubade is a song of two lovers parting at dawn. While the definition doesn’t specify, it invokes a feeling of finality and beauty. Sadness that the tryst had ended and separation that could last a day or a lifetime looms.

“In the strictest sense of the term, an aubade is a song from a door or window to a sleeping woman…and a watchman warning the lovers of the approaching dawn” 1.

This beautiful track from Joanne Shenandoah sung in the Iroquois language could very well be that call from the doorway.

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1. Sigal, Gale (1996). Erotic dawn-songs of the Middle Ages: voicing the lyric lady. p. 5.