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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Lyrics to Abigail's Song from Doctor Who 'A Christmas Carol'


When Katherine Jenkins sang "Abigail's Song" in this year's Christmas special, "lighting your bright shadow", she and Murray Gold may have left a few hints in store about Series 6 and the Silence. It sounds rather unlikely, given that this was thus far the most standalone episode of Matt Smith's tenure; but looking at the lyrics, it's almost impossible to ignore.

"When you’re alone, Silence is all you see, 
When you’re alone, Silence is all you’ll be.
Give me your heart to come to me.

"When you are here, music is all around.
When you are near, music is all around.
Open your eyes; don’t make a sound.

"Let in the shadow! Let in the shadow!
Let in the light of your bright shadow!"

Many people across the Internet have additionally claimed to hear the words, "Silence will fall all around", in the lyrics. I'll have to watch "A Christmas Carol" again to make sure, but "Silence" sounds like a deliberate reference.

"Abigail's Song" will be released in February 2011 with the rest of the Doctor Who "A Christmas Carol" soundtrack, of which a cover mock-up can be found here.

EDIT: We originally said that the lyrics were "Meet in the shadow", but we've since been corrected; it's "Let in the shadow", which makes a lot more sense, honestly.

22 comments :

Combom said...

seeing silence? hearing it surely, possibly feeling it but seeing? odd lyrics (and yes you are right )

yeshuaknight said...

whatever the case, she sang it beautifully

10thPlanet said...

If the Silents have corporeal form, then perhaps that'll be something significant.

I'm more interesting in the "When you're alone" part; the Silence references could just be fluff, but when will the Doctor be truly alone? Companions could be gone, surely, but the TARDIS is always with him . . . Until that too is stolen . . .

Tardis Bluebox said...

It's all interesting. And then we have the screencap of the doctor with a beard all chained up....alone. No companions. No tardis. Chained up and alone. Or so it seems to me.
Odd lyrics indeed. Silence. When you're alone.
And she did sing it beautifully. I love her voice. And her face. ;)

Lucille7777 said...

For me Abigail's singing was the best part of the episode.

The 14th said...

From io9 spoilers a while back: “Silence”, the major arc of series six, is mentioned at least once in the special, and we hear again from the creepy voice first heard in the TARDIS during The Pandorica Opens – apparently this voice still has some control of the TARDIS.

Well, we didn't hear the voice, did we? But maybe that's what they meant by the Silence being mentioned.

10thPlanet said...

The io9 spoilers were a bit old, but yeah, that's probably it. :)

The Alien said...

Abigail's song was the most hauntingly beautiful song I've heard in a long time.
I absolutely loved the episode otherwise, and I've rather not liked season 5 so that is saying a lot.

Ricardo Baptista said...

"When you’re alone, Silence is all you’ll be."

There it is, the Doctor is the bad guy.

Farsighted said...

The last two lines are actually:

Let in the shadow! Let in the shadow!
Let in the light of your bright shadow!

(thanks, iPlayer subtitles)... makes more sense too.

hammard said...

"It sounds rather unlikely, given that this was thus far the most standalone episode of Matt Smith's tenure"

Don't forget, until we saw the trailer that we would have assumed the Lodger was almost totally stand alone. Moffat seems to be playing a very long complex game...


@Farsighted

I was just about to point out this was what it also said on the TV subtitles for both the Episode and the Confidential.

Combom said...

who thinks she will be singing at the next doctor who proms?

3mmargh said...

what about the lyrics before that?
"when you're alone, silence is all you are, when you're alone, silence is all you know"?

the first bit you hear when the ship is still crashing. she sings something else, but i can't make it out

Kiki said...

oh GOD, Abigail. how incredibly gorgeous and sexy.

David said...

The lyrics are printed in the soundtrack booklet:

When you're alone, silence is all you know.
When you're alone, silence is all you know
Let in the noise and let it grow.

When you're alone, silence is all youi see
When you're alone, silence is all you'll be
Give me your hand and come to me.

When you are here, music is all around,
When you are near, music is all around,
Open your eyes, don;t make a sound.

Let in the shadow, let in the shadow,
Let in the light of your bright shadow.

Let in the shadow, let in the shadow,
Let in the light of your bright shadow.

Let in the light,
Let in the light,
Let int he light of your sweet shadow.

When you're alone, oh,
Silence is all you know,
Silence is all,
Silence is all around,
Silence is all,
Silence is all around.

10thPlanet said...

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT! You have the soundtrack booklet!? O.O Please send everything to us! EVERYTHIIIING!

Combom said...

looks like a song based on the concept of "the silence is deafening"

Z & P said...

does anyone know if the soundtrack will be release in the US? I found the soundtrack but it is only available to UK :(

10thPlanet said...

http://lifetheuniverseandcombom.blogspot.com/2011/03/listen-and-download-doctor-who.html

Mercedes said...

Just got the soundtrack the other day. I'm a Cali-whovian. Got my CD here because I didn't want to just download. http://www.whona.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=W&Product_Code=DWACCST&Category_Code=drwho

Kirsty said...

Abigail's Song full lyrics as taken from the digital booklet that comes from the CD - the 'Silence will fall all around' that you refer to is at the end of the song but as 'silence is all around'...
P.S. its give me your hand and come to me not heart :)

When you're alone, silence is all you know.
When you're alone, silence is all you know
Let in the noise and let it grow.

When you're alone, silence is all you see
When you're alone, silence is all you'll be
Give me your hand and come to me.

When you are here, music is all around.
When you are near, music is all around.
Open your eyes, don't make a sound.

Let in the shadow, let in the shadow,
Let in the light of your bright shadow.

Let in the shadow, let in the shadow.
Let in the light of your bright shadow.

Let in the light.
Let in the light.
Let in the light of your sweet shadow.

When you're alone, oh,
Silence is all you know.
Silence is all,
Silence is all around.
Silence is all
Silence is all around

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing

Anonymous said...

Im not absolutely sure of the lyrics but what i am sure about is the silence in the song is purely coincidental and nothing to do with the silence...... if anything i think it is more to do with sparing a thought for those people who are alone at christmas than anything else!!.......anyway it sent goosebumps through me it is so beautiful and i would love a copy!!!!.......