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Fremde Stadt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie das so seltsam traurig macht:
Ein Gang durch eine fremde Stadt.
Man sucht sich ein Quartier zur Nacht,
obwohl man kaum Moneten hat.

Man klopft verzagt am Kolpinghaus
und wird fast wie ein Hund verjagt.
Die Dinge sehen traurig aus,
wenn man am Hungertuche nagt.

Im Stadtpark wartet eine Bank,
im Abfallkorb ein Butterbrot.
Da flüstert man ein «Gott sei Dank!»
und schläft auf dieser Bank wie tot.

Translation(s): FRE

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

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ville étrangère", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:56

Line count: 12
Word count: 69

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Ville étrangère

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

Comme cela me rend étrangement triste :
Marcher dans une ville étrangère.
On se cherche un logement pour la nuit,
Même si l'on n'a que peu de sous.

Hésitant, on frappe à la [maison de Kolping]¹
Pour quasiment se faire chasser comme un chien.
C'est une chose que l'on trouve bien triste
Quand on bouffe des briques.

Un banc attend au jardin public,
Dans la poubelle une tartine beurrée.
On chuchote alors un "«merci mon Dieu ! »
Et l'on dort comme mort sur ce banc.

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¹ du nom d'un prêtre fondateur d'une œuvre caritative


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Fremde Stadt", appears in Neue deutsche Lyriker III , in Von Wanderungen, first published 1919
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Döhler, Géza Frid, Hans Kracke, Robert Owens, Heinrich Pestalozzi, Martin Rössler, Immo Schneider, Peter Suitner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-02-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08

Line count: 12
Word count: 86