Frühling

As part of my ongoing effort to secure for myself a harem of young Amish ladies, I have enrolled in Penn State’s online German program. Part of our homework is to listen to German music and learn the lyrics. In the course of my studies, I have discovered a song that I like very much indeed. If I knew how to play the guitar, I’m quite convinced that I could use it to serenade Amish ladies and lure them out of their buggies and into my vile clutches.

Sadly, when I ran the lyrics through Google’s translate function, the result was a bushel basket full of incoherent gibberish.

So, with the aid of several online dictionaries and a bit of guesswork, I have translated the lyrics myself.

The basic jist is that while technology and general smarty-pants-ism is great and everything, Springtime is way more awesome than anything else.

I believe these are exactly the sort of sentiments that will endear me to the Amish fathers, who might otherwise object to their daughters running off with the “English.”

I am afraid I do not have the skills necessary to translate it in such a way that preserves the poetic nature of the original. If any people reading this actually speak German, please send me corrections, as I’m sure I have made several errors.

Anyhow, without further adieu, here is my translation of Frühling by Monsters of Liedermaching:

I recently learned
That a 13 year old kid
cracked the FBI’s code,
I think you say it was “hacked”

I myself own a computer now.
I think it’s really good.
However, when I use it,
it’s still really just a typewriter.

It is really amazing how smart some people are.
I have such a respect for it that I can’t express in words.
Yes you are always amazed what is happening today,
But more important than anything is that it is finally Spring.

Somewhere in a desert,
I wish I knew where more precisely,
a team of researchers at the dig
found the very first human

Here lie all our ancestors,
for who knows how many years.
I ask myself how they knew
exactly where they had to dig.

It is really amazing how smart some people are.
I have such a respect for it that I can’t express in words.
Yes you are always amazed what is happening today,
But more important than anything is that it is finally Spring.

When you watch debate shows,
all you can do is shrug,
because they are all so smart and sharp,
I can’t understand most of it.
Always this back and forth,
Pros and cons, this and that.
No, it is really not for me.
It always makes me dizzy.

It is really amazing how smart some people are.
I have such a respect for it that I can’t express in words.
Yes you are always amazed what is happening today,
But more important than anything is that it is finally Spring.

2 thoughts on “Frühling”

  1. DW-Radio has some German language study podcasts that are pretty good. Including a daily broadcast of news read in slow German.

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