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Strange Meeting

It seemed that out of battle I escaped
Down some profound dull tunnel, long since scooped
Through granites which titanic wars had groined.
 
Yet also there encumbered sleepers groaned,
Too fast in thought or death to be bestirred.
Then, as I probed them, one sprang up, and stared
With piteous recognition in fixed eyes,
Lifting distressful hands, as if to bless.
And by his smile, I knew that sullen hall, -
By his dead smile I knew we stood in Hell.
 
With a thousand fears that vision's face was grained;
Yet no blood reached there from the upper ground,
And no guns thumped, or down the flues made moan.
“Strange friend,” I said, “here is no cause to mourn.”
“None,” said that other, “save the undone years,
The hopelessness. Whatever hope is yours,
Was my life also; I went hunting wild
After the wildest beauty in the world,
Which lies not calm in eyes, or braided hair,
But mocks the steady running of the hour,
And if it grieves, grieves richlier than here.
For by my glee might many men have laughed,
And of my weeping something had been left,
Which must die now. I mean the truth untold,
The pity of war, the pity war distilled.
 
Now men will go content with what we spoiled.
Or, discontent, boil bloody, and be spilled.
They will be swift with swiftness of the tigress.
None will break ranks, though nations trek from progress.
Courage was mine, and I had mystery;
Wisdom was mine, and I had mastery
To miss the march of this retreating world
Into vain citadels that are not walled.
Then, when much blood had clogged their chariot-wheels,
I would go up and wash them from sweet wells,
Even with truths that lie too deep for taint.
I would have poured my spirit without stint
But not through wounds; not on the cess of war.
Foreheads of men have bled where no wounds were.
 
“I am the enemy you killed, my friend.
I knew you in this dark: for so you frowned
Yesterday through me as you jabbed and killed.
I parried; but my hands were loath and cold.
Let us sleep now...'
 

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G.I. Valentine

G. I. haircut, G. I. hat, G. I. this and G. I. that
G. I. love you, G. I. do
G. I. wish you could love me too.
 
G. I. Johnny, G. I. Jan, G. I. boy and G. I. man
G. I. feel you, G. I. do
G. I. wish, Ophelia too.
 
(Wish you could love me too).
 
G. I. shoot and G. I. gun, G. I. blood and G. I. fun
G. I. want you, G. I. do
G. I. wish you could want me too.
 
Take it
I love you, I love you, I love you.
 
(Wish you could love me too).
 
G-G. I. love you (Marilyn Monroe)
G-G. I. love you (Rita Hayworth)
G-G. I. love you (Jaynie Mansfield)
G-G. I. love you (Judy Garland).
 

Wie die Steine im Bach

Tausend Jahr liegen Steine im Bach
und das Wasser schleift sie ab.
Wie das Wasser mit den Steinen tut,
das tut meinem Herzen gar nicht gut.
 
Neben dir unterm nämlichen Dach
lieg ich manche Stunde wach.
Was dem Herzen da die Liebe tut,
davon leb ich aber gar nicht gut.
 
Meine Tränen schluck ich runter,
weil du Tränen nicht magst,
meine Sehnsucht lass ich stumm sein,
wenn du nicht sagst.
 
Meine Arme, meine Beine
werden langsam auch zu Stein
und da soll mir keiner sagen,
ja, auch so, ja, auch so kann Liebe sein.
 
Tausend Jahr liegen Steine im Bach
und das Wasser schleift sie blank,
aber welcher Stein wird davon krank
welches Wasser weiß den Steinen Dank.
 
Meine Tränen schluck ich runter
und wart nicht länger ab,
vor dir war die Erde bunter,
wer weiß, was ich vor mir hab.
 
Soll die andre dich doch nehmen,
ich werd fortgeh'n, eh du sagst
werde mich nicht länger schämen,
dass du doch, dass du doch die andre magst.
 
Denn ich lieg ja als Stein nicht im Bach
und ich wert bei Kummer war,
wie das Wasser mit den Steinen tut,
das tut meinem Herzen gar nicht gut.
 

Institutionalized

Sometimes I try to do things
And it just doesn't work out the way I wanted to
And I get real frustrated
And I'm like, I try hard to do it
 
And I'm like, take my time
And it doesn't work out the way I wanted to
It's like, I concentrate on real hard but it doesn't work out
And everything I do and everything I try it never turns out
 
It's like, I need time to figure these things out
There's always someone there going, 'Hey, Mike
You know, we've been noticing
You've been having a lot of problems lately'
 
'You know, you should, maybe, get away
And like, maybe you should talk about it, you'll feel a lot better'
And I go, 'No, it's okay, you know I'll figure it out
Just leave me alone I'll figure it out
You know I'll just work it out myself'
 
And they go, 'Well you know if you want to talk about it
I'll be here you know and you'll probably feel a lot better
If you talked about it, so why don't you talk about it'
I go, 'No, I don't want to I'm okay, I'll figure it out myself'
And they just keep bugging me and they just keep bugging me
And it builds up inside
 
You're gonna be institutionalized
You'll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes
You won't have any say
They'll brainwash you until you see their way
 
I'm not crazy, institution
You're the one who's crazy, institution
You're driving me crazy, institution
 
They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help
To protect me from the enemy, myself
 
I was in my room and I was just like staring at the wall
Thinking about everything
But then again I was thinking about nothing
And then my mom came in and I didn't even know she was there
 
She called my name and I didn't even hear it
And then she started screaming, 'Mike, Mike'
And I go, 'What, what's the matter''
And she goes, 'What's the matter with you''
 
I go, 'There's nothing wrong, mom'
And she goes, 'Don't tell me that, you're on drugs'
I go, 'No, mom, I'm not on drugs, I'm okay
I was just thinking you know, why don't you get me a Pepsi'
 
And she goes, 'No, you're on drugs
I go, 'Mom, I'm okay, I'm just thinking'
She goes, 'No you're not thinking, you're on drugs
Normal people don't act that way'
 
I go, 'Mom just give me a Pepsi, please'
All I want is a Pepsi and she wouldn't give it to me
All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi
And she wouldn't give it to me, just a Pepsi
 
They give you a white shirt with long sleeves
Tied around you're back, you're treated like thieves
Drug you up because they're lazy
It's too much work to help a crazy
 
I'm not crazy, institution
You're the one who's crazy, institution
You're driving me crazy, institution
 
They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help
To protect me from the enemy, myself
 
I'm sitting in my room and my mom and my dad came in
They pulled up a chair and they sat down, they go
'Mike, we need to talk to you'
I go, 'Okay, what's the matter''
 
They go, 'Me and your mom have been noticing lately
That you've been having a lot of problems
You've been going off for no reason and we're afraid
You're gonna hurt somebody
We're afraid you're gonna hurt yourself'
 
'So we decided that it would be in your interest
If we put you somewhere
Where you could get the help that you need'
And I go, 'Wait, what are you talking about, we decided
My best interest, how can you know what's my best interest is''
 
'How can you say what my best interest is'
What are you trying to say, I'm crazy'
When I went to your schools, I went to your churches
I went to your institutional learning facilities'
So how can you say I'm crazy''
 
They say they're gonna fix my brain
Alleviate my suffering and my pain
But by the time they fix my head
Mentally, I'll be dead
 
I'm not crazy, institution
You're the one who's crazy, institution
You're driving me crazy, institution
 
They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help
To protect me from the enemy, myself
 
It doesn't matter, I'll probably get hit by a car anyway
 

Sehnsucht nach zu Hause

Bei vielen and’ren alten Leuten,
bin ich in einem Altersheim.
Daß sich meine Kinder da nicht scheuten,
und brachten ihre Mutter da hinein.
Ein alter Baum läßt sich nicht gern versetzen,
er zieht dann keine Wurzeln mehr.
So geht es mir, ich wollt’ euch nicht verletzen,
nur ich muß sagen euch, es fällt mir schwer.

Ich kann euch halt zu nichts mehr nützen
und falle höchstens euch zur Last,
doch eure Kinder könnte ich wohl schützen
und wär’ gern wieder mal bei euch zu Gast.
Als ihr noch klein wart, was war das für Leben,
ich hätte nicht im Traum daran gedacht,
euch in ein Kinderheim zu geben,
so wie ihr’s mit der alten Mutter macht.

Hab’ ich es nicht verdient, bei euch zu sterben,
ist es zu schwer, einmal nach mir zu sehn?
Ich will euch nicht den Tag verderben,
nur bei euch sein, das wäre ja so schön!
Es ist der Wunsch, den ihr mir nicht erfüllet,
ich muß mich fügen, denn ich bin ja alt.
Meine Sehnsucht nach zu Haus bleibt ungestillet,
oh kommt zu mir, oh kommt doch endlich, bald!

Man ist hier gut zu mir, ich kann nicht klagen,
doch wie daheim wird's nirgends sein,
drum möcht’ ich euch auch immer wieder fragen,
holt ihr mich nicht mehr wieder heim?
Ich weiß, es ist zu viel verlanget,
ihr habt ja immer keine Zeit.
Was hab’ ich früher oft um euch gebanget,
doch das liegt weit zurück, unendlich weit!

Ich mache mir halt oft meine Gedanken
und es bereitet mir gar großen Schmerz,
und dann gerät mein Innerstes ins Wanken,
dann muß ich denken: Haben die kein Herz?
Ihr wollt ja auch mal älter werden,
dann soll’s euch nicht wie mir ergeh’n.
Ich wünsche euch viel Glück auf Erden
und später werdet ihr mich dann versteh’n.

Es wird auch nicht mehr lange dauern,
dann geh’ ich in die Nacht hinein.
Ihr braucht dann nicht um mich zu trauern,
denn ihr brachtet mich ja in ein Altersheim!