Past, Present, Future

S2021 E3 | FULL EPISODE

If We Were a Love Song (AD, CC)

A series of dance vignettes intertwining choreographer Kyle Abraham’s idiosyncratic, emotionally driven movement with Nina Simone’s intimate, soul-stirring music. Directed by Dehanza Rogers.

AIRED: May 09, 2021 | 0:31:13
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♪♪

♪♪

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♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Il faut oublier

♪ Tout peut s'oublier

♪ Qui s'enfuit déjà ♪

♪ Oublier le temps

♪ Des malentendus

♪ Et le temps perdu

♪ A savoir comment

♪ Oublier ces heures

♪ Qui tuaient parfois

♪ A coups de pourquoi

♪ Le coeur du bonheur

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Moi je t'offrirai

♪ Des perles de pluie

♪ Venues de pays

♪ Ou il ne pleut pas

♪ Je creuserai la terre

♪ Jusqu'après ma mort ♪

♪ Pour couvrir ton corps

♪ D'or et de lumière ♪

♪ Je ferai un domaine

♪ Ou l'amour sera roi

♪ Ou l'amour sera loi

♪ Ou tu seras reine

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

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♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Je t'inventerai

♪ Des mots insensés

♪ Que tu comprendras

♪ Je te parlerai

♪ De ces amants-là ♪

♪ Qui ont vu deux fois

♪ Leurs coeurs s'embraser

♪ Je te raconterai

♪ L'histoire de ce roi

♪ Mort de n'avoir pas

♪ Pu te rencontrer

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ On a vu souvent

♪ Rejaillir le feu

♪ De l'ancien volcan

♪ Qu'on croyait trop vieux

♪ Il est, paraît-t-il ♪

♪ Des terres brulées

♪ Donnant plus de blé

♪ Qu'un meilleur avril

♪ Et quand vient le soir

♪ Pour qu'un ciel flamboie

♪ Le rouge et le noir

♪ Ne s'épousent-ils pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

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♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Je ne vais plus pleurer

♪ Je ne vais plus parler

♪ Je me cacherai là ♪

♪ A te regarder

♪ Danser et sourire

♪ Et à t'écouter ♪

♪ Chanter et puis rire

♪ Laisse-moi devenir

♪ L'ombre de ton ombre

♪ L'ombre de ta main

♪ L'ombre de ton chien

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ Ne me quitte pas

♪ She

♪ Does not know her beauty

♪ She thinks her brown glory

♪ She thinks her brown body has no glory ♪

♪ If she could dance naked

♪ Under palm trees

♪ And see her image in the river ♪

♪ She would know

♪ Yes, she would know

♪ But there are no palm trees in the street ♪

♪ No palm trees in the street

♪ And dishwater gives back no images ♪

♪ She

♪ Does not know her beauty

♪ She thinks her brown body

♪ Has no glory

♪ If she could dance naked

♪ Under palm trees

♪ And see her image in the river ♪

♪ She would know

♪ Yes, she would know

♪ Yes, she would know ♪

♪ But there are no palm trees in the street ♪

♪ No palm trees in the street

♪ And dishwater gives back

♪ No image

[ Nina Simone's "Keeper of the Flame" playing ]

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♪ I'm the keeper of the flame

♪ My torch of love lights his name ♪

♪ Ask no pity, beg my shame

♪ I'm the keeper of the flame

♪ Played with fire and I was burn ♪

♪ Gave a heart but I was spurn

♪ All these time I have yearned ♪

♪ Just to have my love return

♪ Years have passed by

♪ The spark still remains

♪ True love can't die

♪ It smolders in flames

♪ When the fire is burning out

♪ And the angels call my name

♪ Dying love will leave no doubt ♪

♪ That I'm the keeper of the flame ♪

♪ Years have passed by

♪ The spark still remains

♪ True love can't die

♪ It smolders in flame

[ Vocalizing ]

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♪ When the fire is burning out

♪ And the angels call my name

♪ Dying love will leave no doubt ♪

♪ That I'm the keeper of the flame ♪

♪ Dying love will leave no doubt ♪

♪ That I'm the keeper of the flame ♪

[ Vocalizing ]

♪ I'm the keeper...

[ Nina Simone's "Little Girl Blue" playing ]

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♪♪

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♪ Sit there

♪ And count your fingers

♪ What can you do?

♪ Little girl, you're through

♪ Sit there

♪ Count your little fingers

♪ Unhappy little girl blue

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♪ Sit there

♪ And count the raindrops

♪ Falling on you

♪ It's time you knew

♪ All you can ever count on

♪ Are the raindrops

♪ That fall on little girl blue ♪

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♪ Won't you sit there

♪ Count the little raindrops

♪ Falling on you

♪ It's time you knew

♪ All you can ever count on

♪ Are the raindrops

♪ That fall on little girl blue ♪

♪ Ain't no use, old girl

♪ Ain't no use, old girl

♪ You might as well surrender

♪ 'Cause your hopes are getting slender ♪

♪ 'Cause your hopes are getting slender ♪

♪ Why won't somebody send

♪ A tender

♪ Blue boy

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♪ Won't somebody send a little tender blue boy ♪

♪ To cheer

♪ To cheer little girl

♪ Blue

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[ Nina Simone's "Don't Explain" playing ]

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♪ Hush now

♪ Don't explain

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♪ There ain't nothin' to gain

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♪ I'm glad that you're back

♪ Don't explain

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♪ Quiet, baby

♪ Don't explain

♪♪

♪ There is nothing to gain

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♪ Skip that lipstick

♪ Don't explain

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♪ You know that I love you

♪ And what love endures

♪ All my thoughts are of you

♪ For I'm so completely yours

♪ Don't want to hear folks chatter ♪

♪ 'Cause I know you cheat

♪ Right and wrong don't matter

♪ When you're with me, my sweet ♪

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♪ Hush now, don't explain

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♪ Don't you know you're my joy and you're my pain? ♪

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♪ My life is yours, love

♪ Don't explain

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♪ All my thoughts are of you

♪ For I'm so completely yours

♪ Don't want to hear nobody chatter ♪

♪ 'Cause I know you cheat

♪ Right and wrong don't matter

♪ When you're with me, my sweet ♪

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♪ Hush now, don't explain

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♪ You're my joy and you're my pain ♪

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♪ My life is yours, love

♪ Don't explain

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[ Nina Simone's "Wild Is the Wind" playing ]

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♪ Love me, love me, love me

♪ Say you do

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♪ Let me fly away with you

♪ For my love is like the wind

♪ And wild is the wind

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♪ Give me more than one caress

♪ Satisfy

♪ This hungriness

♪ Let the wind blow through your heart ♪

♪ For wild is the wind

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♪ You

♪ Touch me

♪ I hear the sound of mandolins ♪

♪ You

♪ Kiss me

♪ With your kiss my life begins ♪

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♪ You're spring to me

♪ All things to me

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♪ Hmm

♪ Don't you know you're life itself ♪

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♪ Like a leaf clings to a tree

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♪ Oh, my darling, cling to me

♪ For we're creatures of the wind ♪

♪ And wild is the wind

♪ So wild is the wind

♪ You touch me

♪ I hear the sound of mandolins ♪

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♪ You

♪ Kiss me

♪ And with your kiss my life begins ♪

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♪ Daddy, you're spring to me

♪ All things to me

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♪ Don't you know you're life itself ♪

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♪ Like a leaf clings to a tree

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♪ Oh, my darling, cling to me

♪ For we're creatures of the wind ♪

♪ And wild is the wind

♪ So wild is the wind

♪ Wild

♪ Is the wind

♪ Wild

♪ Is the wind

♪ Wild

♪ Is the wind

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[ Nina Simone's "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" playing ]

♪ Black

♪ Is the color of my true love's hair ♪

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♪ His face

♪ So soft and wondrous fair ♪

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♪ The purest eyes

♪ And the strongest hands

♪ I love the ground on where he stands ♪

♪ I love the ground on where he stands ♪

♪ Black

♪ Is the color

♪ Of my true love's hair

♪ Of my true love's hair

♪ Of my true love's hair

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♪ Oh, I love my lover

♪ And, well, he knows

♪ Yes, I love the ground on where he goes ♪

♪ And still I hope

♪ That the time will come

♪ When he and I will be as one

♪ When he and I will be as one ♪

♪ When he and I will be as one

♪ So black

♪ Is the color

♪ Of my true love's hair

♪ My true love's hair

♪ Of my true love's hair

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♪♪

♪ Black

♪ Is the color of my true love's hair ♪

♪♪

♪ His face

♪ So soft and wondrous fair ♪

♪♪

♪ The purest eyes

♪ And the strongest hands

♪ I love the ground on where he stands ♪

♪ I love the ground on where he stands ♪

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