Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Ultimate Disillusionment Song or: Long Live Tenderness!



German Music has a tradition of hitting the perfect balance between disillusionment, cynicism and that weird hope that follows from realizing that it does not matter all that much. Perhaps this goes back to Nietzsche, I am not sure.

Jetzt! was a seminal German Indie-Rock band that linked historically the experimental revolution of the Neue Deutsche Welle  and the Hamburger Indie-Rock revival of the 90s. Geographically it linked the jingle-jangle sound of the British music to German Music.

The song "Kommst du mit in den Alltag" has recently became my 30-year-old blues anthem. Since I could not find any English translations of the lyrics, I thought I'd better share this German gem with English speakers:

once you told me,
you'd leave this city,
the life in the city,
just made you weary,
you were never there,
where your dreams are,
you may not yet know where,
but here are they not for sure...

Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?
Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?
Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?

can you still recall,
under the old bridge,
we made a promise,
that we would be different from all the others,
the others in their offices,
the others in the buses 6am,
carriaged to their offices.
everything looked so simple back then,
when we knew nothing.

Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?
Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?
Is this all, what life has to offer:
Care to join the dullness?

Sometimes, when you tenderly,
lean you head next to mine,
and we look deep deep into our eyes,
then i know what's it about,
then i know where i belong,
and I think to myself:

Death to the consequences,
Long live tenderness!
Death to the consequences,
Long live tenderness!
Death to the consequences,
Long live tenderness!
Death to the consequences,
Long live tenderness!
Death to the consequences,
Long live tenderness!

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