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MohicanLand Musical Musings: The Music of the Last of the Mohicans


"I Will Find You" is the haunting song we hear when our three heroes––Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook––race up the mountainside to rescue their charges, having left them to Magua and the Hurons in the cave behind the waterfall. This scene has a strange dream-like quality to it, which may be due to the fact that the scene is shot from a distance and because the vocals seem to "fill the space" between us and the distant action and so we do not hear the sounds in the scenes (e.g., panting breath or footsteps). [Note that "I Will Find You" was removed from the DVD version.]

This song was written and performed by the Irish group Clannad. It occurs in a long-play and much varied version on three of their CDs: Banba, Themes, and Ultimate Collection. This piece was created for the movie, and then added to the CD when it was released in 1993. Clannad talks about the making and recording of this scone in a wonderful interview in Dirty Linen, #47 Aug/Sep '93, including their conversations with Michael Mann about which languages to use in the song. The song was obviously recorded, even written or rewritten, a number of times, because there are actually three versions of "I Will Find You", which are compared below: the one we hear in the movie, the one on the LOTM CD soundtrack, and the one on Banba. All three are similar in orchestration but vary somewhat in how the vocals are arranged. The choice of the wording "I Will Find You" is interesting. These words are in the script twice––first, at the stockade, Hawkeye tells Cora to stay close to her father and the other officers, but she says to him, "No, I will find you." And again, of course, in the now famous scene behind the waterfall when Hawkeye says "Stay alive... I will find you."

It is worth noting, also, that on the Banba CD liner notes, Clannad give special thanks to Wes Studi, possibly for assistance with the Cherokee. As mentioned above, the three versions of the piece are similar but different. They all begin with the same deep tones of the bass and the high, haunting voice of Máire Brannan (Clannad Lead Vocalist).


The LOTM Movie Version of
"I Will Find You"


(Mohican)
Nachogachema
Anetaha
Anechemowagan

No matter where you go
My heart is with you
In a place with no frontiers

3 LINES IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE, NOT AT ALL MATCHING WORDS IN EITHER OF THE OTHER TWO CD RECORDING; POSSIBLY IN CHEROKEE???






























The LOTM CD Version of
"I Will Find You"


(Mohican)
Nachogochema
Anetaha
Anechemowagan

No matter where you go
My heart is with you
In a place with no frontiers

(Mohican)
Nachogochema
Anetaha
Anechemowagan

...
In a place with no frontiers


























The Banba CD Version of
"I Will Find You"


Hope is your survival
A captive path I lead

No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a thousand years

(Mohican)
Nachogochema
Anetaha
Anechemowagan

No matter where you go
I will find you
In a place with no frontiers
No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a thousand years

(Cherokee)
Hale wu yu ga i sv
Dona dio sv i
W i ja lo sv
Ha le wu yu
Do na dlo sv

No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a long long time
No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a thousand years

No matter where you go
I will find you
In a place with no frontiers
No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a thousand years

No matter where you go
I will find you


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