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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Die Gedanken sind frei!

Hermann Prey sings "Die Gedanken sind frei!"

Hermann Prey

Annotation by Bloggie.

Here is the Pete Seeger version, banjo-ed in English;

Pete Seeger


Anonymous said...

Roughly translated from German...

Thoughts are free, who can guess them?
They flee by like nocturnal shadows.
No man can know them, no hunter can shoot them,
with powder and lead: Thoughts are free!

I think what I want, and what delights me,
still always reticent, and as it is suitable.
My wish and desire, no one can deny me
and so it will always be: Thoughts are free!

And if I am thrown into the darkest dungeon,
all this would be futile work,
because my thoughts tear all gates
and walls apart. Thoughts are free!

So I will renounce my sorrows forever,
and never again will torture myself with some fancy ideas.
In one's heart, one can always laugh and joke
and think at the same time: Thoughts are free!

I love wine, and my girl even more,
Only I like her best of all.
I'm not alone with my glass of wine,
my girl is with me: Thoughts are free!

Al Cave, Professor Emeritus said...

Great ! Let's make this our college anthem and sing the Pete Seeger version on appropriate occasions ( like before speeches from the throne )

Linus said...

Linus is honored by the esteemed Dr. Cave's suggestion!

On a similar note, can anyone recall one decent pro-management/administration song or chant from any period of the fight for labors' rights?