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Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein?
Wie kann ich gehn mit Band und Strauss?
Wenn der herzge Junge, der mir so lieb,
Ist über die Berge weit hinaus!

's ist nicht der frostge Winterwind,
's ist nicht der Schnee und Sturm und Graus,
Doch immer kommen mir Traenen ins Aug,
Denk ich an ihn, der weit hinaus.

Der lange Winter ist vorbei,
Der Frühling putzt die Birken aus,
Es grünt und blüht und lacht der Mai,
Dann kehrt er heim, der weit hinaus!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE HEB

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Submitted by Tinelot Wittermans


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 (Tinelot Wittermans) , title 1: "How can I be happy and gay?", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) [singable] (Ada Lewinsky) , title 1: "איך יהיה ליבי רונן", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Hoe kan ik blij en vrolijk zijn?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Comment puis-je être heureuse et gaie ?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:36
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Word count: 84

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How can I be happy and gay?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How can I be happy and gay?
How can I wear a ribbon and a bunch of flowers?
Now that the lovely boy whom I love so much
Gone far away over the mountains!

It isn't the icy winter wind
It isn't the snow and the storm and the sleet
But I'm getting tears in my eyes every time
I think of him who's gone away.

The long winter is over
Spring makes the birches bright and beautiful
The month of May colours and blooms and laughs
Then he returns who was far away.

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

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