Ulay, Oh …

This beautifully written song, “Ulay, Oh,” by How I Became the Bomb, is based on the true story between visual performance artist Marina Abramovic, and her long-lost love, fellow performance artist Uwe Laysiepen (stage name Ulay, hence the song’s title).  During her visual art performance at MoMa in 2010, Ulay stopped by and surprised Marina with this unexpected visit, after haven’t seeing each other in many years.

When I first saw this video clip, I could actually feel the raw emotion between Marina and Ulay. Their emotions were so powerful, I did feel the aching, sadness, and most importantly, love between them.

Then there’s the music playing against the background. The lyrics told a bitter sweet story between two lovers and the melody further evoked the unspoken feeling between them.  I was touched the honesty of their emotions during this meeting and cried like a baby after watching this clip, again and again.

So please enjoy this video, and I truly also hope you can feel the “love” between them after all these years through this visual and sound experience.

Lyrics to “Ulay, Oh”.

There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know that she had forgot his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Thinking back to the last time.
On the wall as they turned away.
Walking back; was it just a dream or did he hear her say?
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Trying his best to forget her.
Trying his best to just keep his stride.
Kept his word, but he knows he heard
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know she had not forgot his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There he was like his picture.
There he was; he was just the same.
There he was. He could never know she could never give his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Thinking back to the last time.
On the wall as he turned away.
Turning back, did he even know?
Did he ever hear her say
Ulay, Ulay, Oh?

Trying her best to forget him.
Trying her best just to keep her stride.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There they were like the picture.
There they were, they were just the same.
There they were, but he walked away and her eyes could only say
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

3 thoughts on “Ulay, Oh …”

  1. Oh I’ve watched this video last week a few times as well – it was so impressive! I wonder what the first words they are saying to each other after all this time are… You see them saying something in the video. Beautiful footage!

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