Gran Torino - Jamie Cullum

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Gran Torino, written and sung by Jamie Cullen

Refrain whispered by Clint Eastwood

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Gran Torino sung by Clint Eastwood

For a few weeks we have watched how cultures struggle with and against each other in Detroit

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the lyrics for Gran Torino title song, written by Jamie Cullum
"Gran Torino"
Jamie Cullum

Realign all the stars
Above my head
Warning signs
Travel far
I drink instead
On my own
Oh,how I've known
The battle scars
And worn out beds

Gentle now
A tender breeze blows
Whispers through a Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song

Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
Beats A lonely rhythm all night long

These streets are old
They shine with the things I've known
And breaks through the trees
They're sparkling

Your world
Is nothing more
Than all
The tiny things
You've left behind

So tenderly
Your story is
Nothing more
Than what you see
Or
What you've done
Or will become
Standing strong
Do you belong
In your skin
Just wondering

Gentle now a tender breeze blows
Whispers through the Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song
Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
A heart locked in a Gran Torino
Beats A lonely rhythm
All night long

May I be so bold 
I still need someone to hold
That shatters my skin
They're sparkling

Your world
Is nothing more
Than all
The tiny things
You've left
Behind

So realign
All the stars
Above my head
Warning signs
Travel far
I drink instead
On my own
Oh
How I've known
The battle scars
And worn out beds

Gentle now a tender breeze blows
Whispers through the Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song
Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
Beats a lonely rhythm
All night long
Beats a lonely rhythm
All night long
Beats a lonely rhythm
All night long


'Gran Torino' is a very powerful, nostalgic ballad. It really makes me think of how bittersweet memories of your life can be. Imagine looking back and having regrets, big regrets, and feeling pain. This song really moves me. I was born in the seventies so I have some nostalgia about muscle cars and what they mean to me. Whenever I see one whether it's cherry or not, I'm back in my head, back in the past, when they were all over the streets. The music, my family, how I used to be so full of hope for the future, my future. Now, I'm not innocent anymore. Times are tough, being an adult is tough, and sometimes I wish I could know what it feels like to be so full of hope and innocence again. That's what that song means to me.

I love Jamie Cullum. His way of expressing bittersweet melancholy is unique. So after watching the movie, this tune made su much sense...
The lyrics couldn't be more perfect. Deep and simple at the same time. That line "The world is nothing more than all the tiny things you've left behind" says to me everything about the main subject of the film and the fragility of our lives. It really touched me, brought me to tears like old Jamie tunes.