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Die alten, bösen Lieder

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die alten, bösen Lieder,
Die Träume [schlimm]1 und arg,
Die laßt uns jetzt begraben,
Holt einen großen Sarg.

Hinein leg' ich gar manches,
Doch sag' ich noch nicht was;
Der Sarg muß sein noch größer,
Wie's Heidelberger Faß.

Und holt eine Totenbahre,
[Von Brettern]2 fest und dick;
Auch muß sie sein noch länger,
Als wie zu Mainz die Brück'.

Und holt mir auch zwölf Riesen,
Die müssen noch stärker sein
Als wie der [heil'ge]3 Christoph
Im Dom zu Köln am Rhein.

Die sollen den Sarg forttragen,
Und senken ins Meer hinab,
Denn solchem großen Sarge
Gebührt ein großes Grab.

Wißt ihr, warum der Sarg wohl
So groß und schwer mag sein?
Ich [legt']4 auch meine Liebe 
Und meinen Schmerz hinein.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 170.

1 Schumann: "bös'"
2 Schumann: "Und Bretter"
3 Schumann: "starke"
4 Schumann: "senkt'"

Submitted by René Slot and Pierre Mathé


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Les velles, infames cançons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Rot) , "Genoeg, genoeg gezongen", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De oude, boze lied'ren", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "The old, angry songs", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 65, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Effimia Gianniou) , "Τα παλιά κακοποιά τραγούδια", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Assaf Levitin) (Michal Levitin) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "I vecchi canti malvagi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "Las viejas y amargas canciones", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Τα παλιά κακοποιά τραγούδια

Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) after the German (Deutsch)

Τα παλιά κακοποιά τραγούδια,
τα κακά κι άσχημα όνειρα,
ας τα θάψουμε τελικά,
φέρτε ένα μεγάλο φέρετρο!

Θα βάλω σ’ αυτό πράγματα πολλά
-θα το μάθετε αμέσως-
μου χρειάζεται όμως ένα φέρετρο
πιο μεγάλο κι απ’ το βαρέλι της Χαϊδελβέργης.

Ας μου βρουν ένα φορείο
με σανίδες χοντρές και στέρεες!
Και να είναι μακρύ, πιο μακρύ
κι από την γέφυρα του Μάιντς.

Φέρτε μου δώδεκα γίγαντες,
που να είναι δυνατοί, πιο δυνατοί ακόμα
κι από τον Άγιο Χριστόφορο, τον δυνατό
του καθεδρικού ναού της Κολωνίας στον Ρήνο!

Θα φέρουν το φέρετρο
Και θα το βουλιάξουν στον βυθό της θάλασσας,
διότι γι’ αυτό το τεράστιο φέρετρο
χρειάζεται ένας τεράστιος τάφος.

Ξέρετε γιατί αυτό το φέρετρο
πρέπει να είναι τόσο μεγάλο και τόσο βαρύ;
για να χωρέσω εκεί μαζί
όλη την αγάπη και τον πόνο μου!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Greek (Ελληνικά) copyright © 2013 by Effimia Gianniou, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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