Eisbrecher - Was ist hier los? (English translation)

English translation

What's Going On Here?

We establish
And then break down,
We begin
And then stop,
We want a lot,
We can't do anything,
First comes truth,
And then dare*
 
First nothing begins,
Then doesn't start,
And if not today,
Then someday,
Nothing goes in,
Then nothing comes out,
Only hot air,
In this honorable house,
 
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
How can it be
That nobody's interested here,
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
Should it be so
That here nothing works at all,
 
What's going on here?
What's happening here?
What has happened?
The gut thinks,
The heart obeys,
What's going on here?
Is that normal?
First comes eating,
Then comes morale
 
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
How can it be
That nobody's interested here
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
Should it be so
That here nothing works at all
 
Who doesn't win
But loses,
Has learned much,
And understood nothing,
It never begins, it never ends
 
What's going on here?
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
How can it be
That nobody here is interested,
What's going on here - what?
What has happened - what?
Should it be so
That here nothing works at all
 
Submitted by Eiszeit on Fri, 23/06/2017 - 20:36
Last edited by Eiszeit on Wed, 04/10/2017 - 14:06
Author's comments:

*A reference to the game Wahrheit oder Pflicht - Truth or Dare, but literally "truth or obligation"

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Was ist hier los?

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Joutsenpoika    Tue, 03/10/2017 - 15:39

The source lyrics have been updated. Please review your translation.

AdMol    Sat, 13/01/2018 - 23:06

"Erst kommt das Fressen / und dann kommt die Moral."

'Moral' is the same word in German and English, used here in the sense of 'the moral of the story', the lesson learned.

In context, this line means "First comes the feasting, then we'll learn the cost."

Hansi K_Lauer    Sun, 14/01/2018 - 00:55

" Erst kommt das Fressen und dann kommt die Moral." is a famous quotation from Berthold Brecht's "Dreigroschenoper". (The Threepenny Opera)
It depicts a philosphical insight that in real life poeple treasure money more than ethics.
Dict.cc proposes the following interpretations in English:
Grub first, then ethics
First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics