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Der gute Kamerad

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hatt' einen Kameraden,
Einen bessern findst du nit.
Die Trommel schlug zum Streite,
Er ging an meiner Seite
Im gleichen Schritt und Tritt.

Eine Kugel kam geflogen:
Gilt's mir oder gilt es dir?
Ihn hat es weggerissen,
Er liegt mir vor den Füßen
Als wär's ein Stück von mir.

Will mir die Hand noch reichen,
Derweil ich eben lad'.
Kann dir die Hand nicht geben,
Bleib du im ew'gen Leben
Mein guter Kamerad!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The good comrade", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le bon camarade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
Line count: 15
Word count: 74

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Le bon camarade

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

J'avais un camarade,
On ne peut en trouver de meilleur.
Le tambour battait la charge,
Il allait à mon côté
À même allure, à même pas.

Une balle arriva :
Est-elle pour moi ou est-elle pour toi ?
C'est lui qu'elle a déchiré,
Il gît à mes pieds
Comme un morceau de moi.

Il veut encore tendre sa main vers moi
Au moment même où je recharge.
Je ne puis te donner la main,
Puisses-tu avoir la vie éternelle
Mon bon camarade !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Der gute Kamerad", written 1809, appears in Balladen und Romanzen ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gottfried Emil Fischer, Al. Kern, Conradin Kreutzer, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Friedrich Silcher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-12-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
Line count: 15
Word count: 83