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ANSWER IS YES You don’t need to tell me the whole story, I was there when it happened. It wasn’t all roses and glory, But we have a lot to be proud of, and I don’t need to tell you, That I really missed you, When you went and moved on without me. ´Cause I loved you more than I could ever say, And the songs were not enough to make them go away, The feelings that made me regret, Being who I was and not who I could be, When you found me, And you saw me, You saw a spark in me before anyone else did. Was it all worth it? Was it all worth it? Look around you, it is more than a guess, The answer is, Yes, yes, yes, the answer is Yes, yes, yes, the answer is Yes. Today is the day you get married, I wasn’t sure it would happen, You were always everybody’s, While somebody’s one and only, And I’m happy to see, that That much has changed, and You have finally gotten out of your way. ‘Cause I love you more than I could ever say, And our friendship isn’t something that can go away, And I promise you, that I will never forget, I am where I am today all thanks to you. ‘Cause you found me, And you saw me, You saw a spark in me before anyone else did. Was it all worth it? Was it all with it? Look around you, it is more than a guess, The answer is Dream as if you’ll live forever, and Live as if you’ll die today, Don’t worry too much about it, Don’t be afraid to just say, Yes, Yes, Yes, the answer is Yes, Yes, Yes, the answer is Yes, Yes, Yes, the answer is Yes, Yes, Yes, the answer is Yes.


This song was given as an answer to my prayer some months ago. Glen and I had been talking about releasing new music prior to our upcoming US tour, and I made a wish in my heart to write a beautiful duet for us to sing together. Something that felt just right for the time and place. Something deeply personal and yet widely universal. Something that summarized our journey through the past 20 years, paying tribute to all that once was and celebrating all that now is. Some things have remained the same, like the strength of our personal and musical connection, while others changed in big and small ways.

Glen was getting married, and that was big. It was significant and it felt joyous. And so it made its way into the song, probably also largely due to the fact that the chorus chants of YES kept reminding me of a person saying “yes” during a marriage proposal, or while standing at the altar. I imagined being able to take the energy and enthusiasm of the easiest yes any of us have ever given and bringing it into other, less important yeses of our lives. For anything worth doing is worth doing fully, and no yes should ever be said with half a heart.

When I was half way through writing this song, I sent it to Glen in hopes of having him finish it with me, but he was busy mixing his upcoming record and the song finished itself before he could chime in with ideas. It felt as if it had long waited to be written, and it grew impatient on its last stretch. It simply knew what it wanted to be. Positive, celebratory, joyous and yes, nostalgic. For there is, after all, a lot to reflect upon and be nostalgic about.

When Glen agreed to come to Iceland and record this and one other song with me, I was beyond excited. Both about recording with Glen and doing so in our own studio. It is my favorite and preferred place to work, and it meant we could keep things cozy and comfortable, which in turn absolutely benefited our creative process, yielding way more material than we originally set out to write and record. Not to mention the time it gave Glen and me to catch up and our families to become as close as they did in this relatively short time.

Mio assumed his well “broken in” position of producer and studio engineer, and Glen and I agreed to keep things simple and invite local musicians to join us in the session, with the exception of Marja Gaynor and Bertrand Galen who recorded string parts remotely in Ireland with Cormac O’Connor. Our lovely neighbors and dear friends Tina Dico and Helgi Hrafn Jónsson joined us on vocals, and Þorvaldur Þór Þorvaldsson and Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson on drums and bass. I later asked my dear friend Peter Moc, a fellow Czech based in Ireland to record some electric guitar parts on a couple of other songs, ones you have yet to look forward to hearing.

It made sense somehow, for this song to be the first single for us to release. We wanted to open with this kind of positivity and celebration, inviting others to join in our joy. The cover of the single was taken by David Cleary, who also captured all stills photography in Once, and documented our recording process in Iceland.

I had a vision for the cover involving a Claddagh ring, traditionally used as a wedding band in Ireland, and David was just the man to execute this vision. I liked the idea of it resting on blades of grass and wild flowers, as if it had been lost or still waiting to be found. The two hands holding a crowned heart is one of the most beautiful symbols I know. Originally the heart stands for love, the crown for fidelity and hands for friendship, but to me it symbolizes that love is the highest authority there is, and to serve and safe-guard it, the highest honor.

Glen and I have been friends for a long time, and our friendship is a manifestation of deep love. The kind that does not die and nor does it end, it simply is and always shall be. As I grow older. I cherish having people in my life who I’ve known for a long time. It means that certain things need not be explained. There is a quiet understanding. We were both there when it happened and there is a comfort in that. We know it wasn’t all roses and glory, but we have a lot to be proud of and an even more to be grateful for.

The little set of live shows we did together in March of 2022 blew my mind. It was our first series of shows in more than a decade. On the opening night, when I walked on stage and saw, heard and felt the audience, eager and excited to have us back, a part of me couldn’t believe they were still there, after all this time. It certainly offered many moments of deep appreciation for the loyalty and generosity of such a loving audience. Becoming still and looking around, we received all the confirmation one could ever need, of it all having been absolutely worth it. Not that I ever doubted that for a second.

Thank you for listening, I hope you enjoy.


released June 26, 2023

Written by Markéta Irglová

MARKÉTA IRGLOVÁ: Vocals and piano
GLEN HANSARD: Vocals and acoustic guitar
MARJA GAYNOR: Violin and viola
TINA DICO: Backing vocals

Produced by Sturla Mio Thorisson
Recorded & mixed by Sturla Mio Thorisson at Masterkey Studios, Iceland 2023
Strings recorded by Cormac O Connor at the Maple Rooms Cork
Mastering by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, Peekskill, New York 2023

String arrangement by Marja Gaynor

Cover photo by David Cleary

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℗ 2023 Marketa Irglova Music
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Marketa Irglova Reykjavik, Iceland

Markéta received The Academy Award for best song, Falling Slowly, Irglová released her solo debut, Anar, in 2011, followed by Muna in 2014. Today she creates her music at Masterkey Studios, built by her husband, producer Sturla Mio Thorisson. Recent releases include a trilogy of singles titled Quintessence, Among the Living, and Mother. Full length album “Lila” will be out on August 19, 2022.
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