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Da unten im Tale WoO 33 no.6

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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)

Da unten im Tale

Da unten im Tale
Läufts Wasser so trüb,
Und i kann dirs net sagen,
I hab di so lieb.
Sprichst allweil von Liebe,
Sprichst allweil von Treu,
Und a bissele Falschheit
Is auch wohl dabei.
Und wenn i dirs zehnmal sag,
Daß i di lieb,
Und du willst nit verstehn, muß i
Halt weiter gehn.
Für die Zeit, wo du g’liebt mi hast,
Dank i dir schön,
Und i wünsch, daß dirs anderswo
Besser mag gehn.

Down There in the Valley

Down there in the valley
The water runs so murkily,
And I cannot tell you
How much I love you.
You speak only of love,
Speak only of constancy,
And a bit of falsehood
Goes with it too.
And if I tell you ten times
That I love you,
And you don’t understand—
I shall have to go on my way.
For the time that you loved me,
I give you thanks,
And wish that elsewhere
You might fare better.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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