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Ein Stahlknopf

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war ein Stahlknopf irgendwo,
Der ohne Grund sein Knopfloch floh.
(Vulgär gesprochen: Es stand offen.)
Ihm sass ein Fräulein vis-à-vis.
Das lachte plötzlich: Hi hi hi.
Da fühlte sich der Knopf getroffen
Und drehte stumm
Sich um.

Solch' Peinlichkeiten sind halt nur
Die schlimmen Folgen der Kultur.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title 1: "A steel button", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-02-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:33
Line count: 10
Word count: 48

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A steel button

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

It was a steel button during the season,
Which shunned its buttonhole without reason.
(Said vulgarly: "it" was open.)
He sat vis-à-vis a certain Miss;
"Ha ha ha!" did she suddenly hiss!
The button felt damp, then wet,
For his stainless regret
Was steely upset.

Such little pains are mere nomenclature
For the terrible consequences of nature.

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:33
Line count: 10
Word count: 57