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