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Turning Back (1827) D911


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Turning Back

I swear that I’ll not turn around
Not until the town’s a distant blur
I swear that I’ll not turn my face
Till there’s not a single trace of her
But still the jagged rocks attack me
They hack at me with angry teeth
Sarcastic crows are
Throwing snowballs and mocking as I pass beneath
Sarcastic crows are
Throwing snowballs and mocking as I pass beneath
My heart had quite a different feeling
When first I saw this faithless town
Then everything was bliss and birdsong
A summer sun was burning down
The linden trees were so beguiling
With swallows whirling in the blue
But then two lovely eyes were smiling
My friend that was the end of you
Yes then two lovely eyes were smiling
My friend that was the end of you
I think of everything that happened
And then of how it was before
If only I could turn the clock back
And stand before her house once more
I think of everything that happened
And then of how it was before
If only I could turn the clock back
And stand before her house once more
If only I could turn the clock back
And stand before her house once more

Composer

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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