Sur la marée haute
Je suis montée
La tête est plaine
Mais le coeur n'a
When the tide was high
I took to the road
The head is full
But the heart has
Lhasa de Sela -- or simply "Lhasa" -- died of breast cancer on January 1, 2010. She was 37 years old.
Lhasa was born in a small town in the Catskill Mountains in 1972. She was a child of the counterculture. Her Lebanese-American mother and Mexican father named her after the capital of Tibet, and she had a very nomadic childhood -- she and her sisters and parents wandered throughout Mexico and the United States, living in their school bus.
I first heard Lhasa's music during what turned out to be a very significant occasion for me -- although I didn't appreciate how significant at the time. It will always have a very personal meaning for me because of its associations, but I think this music stands on its own.
Here's a link to a special radio program about Lhasa that was broadcast on CBC radio shortly after her death.
Here's the song:
Here's a video of Lhasa performing the song on television:
Here's a link you can use to buy the song from iTunes:
Here's a link you can use if you prefer Amazon: