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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)

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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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Les vieilles, les méchantes chansons

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Les vieilles, les méchantes chansons,
Les mauvais et affreux rêves
Ensevelissons-les maintenant,
Allez me chercher un grand cercueil.

J'y déposerai beaucoup de chose,
Mais je ne dis pas quoi encore ;
Le cercueil devra être encore plus grand
Qu'un tonneau de Heidelberg ;

Et apportez une civière
[De]1 bonnes planches solides et épaisses ;
En outre elle devra être encore plus longue
Que le pont sur le Main.

Et amenez aussi douze géants
Qui devront être encore plus forts
Que le [Saint]2 Christophe
De la cathédrale de Cologne sur le Rhin.

Il devront emporter le cercueil
Et le jeter dans la mer ;
Car à tel grand cercueil
Convient une grande tombe.

Savez-vous bien pourquoi ce cercueil
Doit être si grand et si lourd ?
J'y ai [mis]3 mon amour
Et aussi mes douleurs.

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1 Schumann: "Et des"
2 Schumann: "fort"
3 Schumann: "enfoui"


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