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January 11, 2009

Face of Love

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (نصرت فتح على خاں)

Jeena kaisa Pyar bina
Is Duniya Mein Aaye ho to
Ek Duje se pyar karo

 -- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (نصرت فتح على خاں)

 

Eddie Vedder

Look in the eyes
Of the face of love
Look in her eyes
Oh, there is peace

 -- Eddie Vedder

Click to listen to "Face of Love" in your music player.

Good Morning,

Brian Glanz and Mohini Glanz

The song "Face of Love" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder was an unlikely collaboration. What was it that brought together an atheist rock star from Seattle and a Sufi Muslim Qawwali singer from Pakistan?

You would expect the answer to be dramatic, and it was: three American Catholics in Hollywood -- Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Sean Penn -- who were moved by the compassionate, human communion between a nun from New Orleans and convicted killers who were sentenced to die.

If you knew the story of Sister Helen Prejean you would be moved, too, by her simple but incredible compassion in being a companion, even a friend to convicted killers -- while being the same to the families of their victims. Tim Robbins made the film "Dead Man Walking" based on Sister Prejean's book, Dead Man Walking. In it, Susan Sarandon portrayed Sister Prejean and Sean Penn portrayed a convicted killer at the end of his life.

Tim Robbins brought Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder together to write two songs for Dead Man Walking's haunting and inspiring soundtrack, including "Face of Love."

Listen to the song and read its lyrics (also translated into English below). Tomorrow we will read further into Sister Prejean's experiences, the film, and "Face of Love."

UPDATE: the next article has been published, and addresses Our Face of Love.

Click to listen to "Face of Love" in your music player.

 

"Face Of Love"
by Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Jeena kaisa Pyar bina (What is life without love)
Is Duniya Mein Aaye ho to (Now that you have come to this world)
Ek Duje se pyar karo (Love each other, one another)

Jeena kaisa Pyar bina (What is life without love)
Is Duniya Mein Aaye ho to (Now that you have come to this world)
Ek Duje se pyar karo (Love each other, one another)

Look in the eyes
Of the face of love
Look in her eyes
Oh, there is peace
No nothing dies
Within pure light
Only one hour
Of this pure love
To last a life
Of thirty years
Only one hour
So come and go

Jeena kaisa Pyar bina (What is life without love)
Is Duniya Mein Aaye ho to (Now that you have come to this world)
Ek Duje se pyar karo (Love each other, one another)

Jeena kaisa Pyar bina (What is life without love)
Is Duniya Mein Aaye ho to (Now that you have come to this world)
Ek Duje se pyar karo (Love each other, one another)

Look in the eyes
Of the face of love
Look in her eyes
Oh, there is peace
No nothing dies
Within pure light
Only one hour
Of this pure love
To last a life
Of thirty years
Only one hour
So come and go